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  • Kickstarter campaign launches for Shenmue 3

  • LudusSolers 16/06/2015

    I don't usually get overly emotional about games but... wow. I obviously have pledged! This is honestly the best news out of E3 so far. Unless Nintendo announce SMG 3, a new F Zero and Metroid later, I don't think anything is going to make me feel quite as giddy!! Reply +6
  • Video: Games that do mental health right

  • LudusSolers 10/06/2015

    @MattEvansC3 @ShayenRoyen thank you both. I'm still getting there and I still have "the fear" it will hit me again, but friends and family have been a massive support, and a new job away from a toxic work environment has made day to day life much more stable. Each day as it comes. Reply +4
  • LudusSolers 10/06/2015

    A tough subject and one that means a lot more to me now, having been through a devastating bout of depression at the start of this year. For me, it cost me my fiancée and our daughter, my house, and my job and at one point, very nearly my life. Mental health is a difficult enough subject that many other media channels like TV, books and cinema make a complete hash of it. That's why I find it encouraging that video games seem to be getting it right in recent times. Looking forward to seeing what Ninja Theory and Hellblade have to offer. Reply +4
  • Game Freak trades Pokémon for Tembo the Badass Elephant

  • LudusSolers 10/06/2015

    This thread is full of win! Reply 0
  • Chip's Challenge 2 review

  • LudusSolers 09/06/2015

    I really do miss my Lynx... Nostalgia asides, I'm looking forward to playing this as I was a big fan of the original. Now who can I pester for a sequel to Todd's Adventures in Slimeworld... Reply +2
  • Nintendo dates E3 Digital Event

  • LudusSolers 14/05/2015

    For what it's worth, Nintendo never fail to make me smile and it's their event I'm most looking forward to at E3. It's great to see videogames being treated as fun again - especially after all the crap we've seen recently with Gamergate, broken promises, unfair pricing and DLC, etc. I think Nintendo needs to keep being Nintendo if only as a touchstone to keep the games industry from taking itself too seriously! I'm so glad to hear that the World Championships are back again, too - where's Fred Savage when you need him? Reply +1
  • Gunstar Heroes, Streets of Rage 2 and Sonic 2 heading to 3DS

  • LudusSolers 15/04/2015

    Another thumbs up from me for this news! I'm still deeply enamoured with the OutRun and AfterBurner conversions and am finally getting around to Shinobi III.

    Really excited for Gunstar Heroes and Streets of Rage- it's going to be a great summer!!
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  • "He suddenly became incredibly sullen, angry and frustrated. He was 10"

  • LudusSolers 02/04/2015

    I honestly fail to see why this approach has caused so much offence. Most *responsible* parents wouldn't think twice about not allowing their children - especially those at KS1 and 2 - to watch movies or TV shows with explicit or gratuitous sex or violence.

    "Gamers" can't have it both ways; bleating about how unfair it is that their favoured pastime isn't treated as seriously as other media on the one hand, while demanding dispensation from any sort of responsibility towards wider social issues on the other.

    My now sadly ex-fiancee is a deputy headteacher at a large primary school. Some of the stories about neglect towards children she would regularly come home and disclose to me were in turns sickening and heartbreaking. In a lot of these cases, there is a common occurrence of parents either not knowing or not caring what their children are exposed to, yet having a completely unrealistic expectation that teachers should wave a magic wand and fix whatever is wrong.

    In short, teachers need all the help they can get to help develop and support the children in their care. Parents also need to realise that videogames are not surrogate parents. If writing a letter strongly encouraging parents to take ownership of protecting their child from inappropriate content in games or any other medium can contribute towards that, then I applaud their proactivity.
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  • Axelay saw Konami at its 90s peak

  • LudusSolers 19/01/2015

    @ronorra you could also add Zombies ate my Neighbours to that list! Reply +1
  • 2D skate-'em-up OlliOlli headed to 3DS, Wii U, Xbox One

  • LudusSolers 03/12/2014

    Yay! Although I already have a version on Vita, I think the more people who get to experience how bloody frustra... brilliant it is, the better.

    Also: two thumbs up for OlliOlli 2!!
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  • Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses 2015 concert tour dates announced

  • LudusSolers 03/12/2014

    I really want to go but I'm getting married the week before! I wonder if she'll mind moving the date... Reply +4
  • The bonkers ads of PlayStation

  • LudusSolers 03/12/2014

    @Chordian that, along with Double Life, was one of my favourite adverts ever. I remember prank calling my local Electronic Boutique and asking if they had Stick available - bless them, they went to have a look for it and sounded ever so disappointed that it wasn't in stock. Reply +1
  • Never Alone review

  • LudusSolers 20/11/2014

    Every so often, Eurogamer produces a piece of work - an investigative article, a retrospective, a review - that reminds me that reminds me why I visit this site every day without fail. This is one such piece.

    Simply staggering stuff from Daniel Starkey, and possibly the best review I've read in any medium this year.

    I'll be buying Never Alone too.
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  • Half-Life 2 remembered

  • LudusSolers 18/11/2014

    Lost afternoons and weekends playing this. The thing I remember most is the opening sequence - it set the scene perfectly and I remember thinking that along with the original Half-Life, Valve sure do know how to tell a story.

    It makes me sad that we still haven't seen or heard anything of HL3. I'm much older now, and have different responsibilities and priorities in life (career, upcoming wedding, mortgage, children, etc.) than I did 10 years ago. As time goes on, it's increasingly less likely I'd be able to immerse myself in HL3 than I did with HL2 and the subsequent episodes. Maybe I'll see a sequel in my gaming lifetime, but all the same - thank you for the memories, Half-Life 2.
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  • The games that have defined PS4 and Xbox One

  • LudusSolers 09/11/2014

    It's probably a couple of months too early, with some promising titles moving down the pipeline in the run up to Christmas.

    Would have liked to have seen links to reviews of those games in each section. Otherwise, a good article with plenty of content to provide a rebuttal for each platform's naysayers.
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  • The man who made a game to change the world

  • LudusSolers 30/10/2014

    A brilliant article and a great tribute to one of gaming and computer science's unsung heroes. Well done, EG. Reply +15
  • DriveClub review

  • LudusSolers 07/10/2014

    Yes, it's a 6, but at least the rain effects are really pretty... Reply +2
  • Nintendo to focus on Nintendo Direct and social media following Official Nintendo Magazine closure

  • LudusSolers 07/10/2014

    @bad09 I know you're right to an extent, but even cinema has a place for print media... Reply +4
  • LudusSolers 07/10/2014

    Honestly, there are times when this generation of gaming makes me really sad. Witnessing the steady decline of games magazines on shelves is one of them. Reply +7
  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U and Amiibo release dates announced

  • LudusSolers 07/10/2014

    Thinking about it - if Nintendo ever offered a service to gamers that allowed them to have an Amiibo version of their Mii avatar custom created, they'd be on to a potential money spinning idea...

    I wonder if they'll release a full Pokémon Amiibo line backed up by an online version of Pokémon Stadium for the Wii U / 3DS?

    EDIT: Spelling.
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  • EGX 2015 headed to Birmingham NEC next September

  • LudusSolers 02/10/2014

    @asphaltcowboy You can fly direct from Edinburgh to Brum in around 1 hour. Depending on who you fly with, it isn't too expensive either. Hotels wise, there's a number nearby ranging from your Ibis to your Hiltons and Crowne Plazas depending on budget.

    Central Birmingham is 10 mins away on the train to New Street from Birmingham International, and there's plenty more hotels, bars and restaurants (and theatres for the chap who likes to take in a stage show too).

    Despite the fact it isn't London (or Manchester for that matter), Birmingham is a good city and the NEC is a fantastic venue with great transport links. I reckon people should give it a chance before rejecting it outright.
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  • How a passion for Zelda is driving Dynasty Warriors to fresh audiences

  • LudusSolers 25/09/2014

    Not sure how anyone else feels about this, but I'm intrigued by the idea of a Metroid Musou title... Reply 0
  • Super Castlevania 4 proved the best Dracula games don't have to be scary

  • LudusSolers 21/07/2014

    I love this game and I have no shame in admitting it. This, rather than Super Mario World, LttP or F-Zero, was the game that made me buy a SNES, and it was the first purchase I made after I got my first pay cheque from my first job!

    I loved everything about it, from the controls to the level design to the graphics. However, like many others, it was the soundtrack that had the biggest impact on me - it really is perfect, and I genuinely think that very few scores in gaming since then could claim to be on a par with Super Castlevania IV.

    A seminal work and one of my favourite games ever.
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  • The real story behind The Sun's "Gaming as addictive as heroin" headline

  • LudusSolers 08/07/2014

    I make a point of not reading the Scum, but I'm totally unsurprised at their peddling of yet more tenuous, unsubstantiated bollocks. What an absolute waste of trees, ink and time. Reply +1
  • Editor's blog: I am sexist

  • LudusSolers 19/06/2014

    Interesting article, and a number of relevant points raised which are worth a reasoned discussion. I'm pretty sure if I don't completely agree 100% with all of Tom's assertions and I think that it's over simplistic in the article's view of what seems like the majority of males.

    Yes, there are a number of titles that are dismissive, sexist or misogynistic in portraying women, and it's right it should be addressed. I don't think it is right to wholly castigate a developer's artistic vision for its apparent or perceived lack of inclusiveness or equality. At the end of the day, it's their right to choose how a story and its characters develop, just as it's the consumer's right to critique it.

    Humanity is not homogeneous, and there are clearly differences in the way men and women approach things from a physiological and emotional perspective. Diversity between genders in games is something that needs to be addressed sensibly, and will require a change in attitudes on a number of sides. I don't think it will be achieved by trying to shame or castigate specific demographics who hold entrenched views, but by having positive, open discussions where all sides are heard respectfully. I'm hoping that this article becomes a starting point for this.
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  • EA Sports UFC review

  • LudusSolers 17/06/2014

    @dan_de_la_peche You're absolutely right - Jon was referring to a no hands sweep from ground / guard position rather than a standing takedown. I fail on reading comprehension today! Reply 0
  • LudusSolers 17/06/2014

    Not sure if this tops UFC Undisputed 3, but it sure looks pretty. I've yet to buy a next gen console and I was hoping that this might be my tipping point. Somehow, I don't think it is, which is disappointing. I guess as this is their first effort, future revisions will address some of the issues raised - especially relating to ground game.

    Also, scissor takedowns DO work on trained UFC competitors - just ask Anderson Silva.
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  • Mercenary retrospective

  • LudusSolers 16/06/2014

    @Luke_Martin_VA Agree 100% and also, happy birthday! Reply 0
  • Nintendo reveals Zelda Wii U gameplay footage

  • LudusSolers 10/06/2014

    @Dantonir Those Neogaf screens are insane - it's astonishingly beautiful without the YouTube decompression. I wonder if that's Death Mountain in the far distance... Reply +2
  • Final Fight retrospective

  • LudusSolers 25/05/2014

    One of my favourite games and I spent a huge amount of time and money on this (some of which was when I should have actually been in school). I never managed to finish this on a one credit run but that awesome continue screen was almost worth dying for! Reply +1
  • Ridge Racer retrospective

  • LudusSolers 19/05/2014

    I loved Ridge Racer and spent a ridiculous amount of money on the arcade cab (Ł1 a go was a lot back then!) and it was one of the first games I bought on PSX. Articles like this retrospective and the StunFest piece make me sad: firstly, because the arcade experience is almost lost to an entire generation; secondly because it reminds me that I am getting old... Reply 0
  • Block rockin' beeps: What's behind gaming's greatest soundtracks

  • LudusSolers 30/04/2014

    As complete coincidence, I thought I'd break up the monotony of the drive from Coventry to Manchester this morning by listening to the JSR soundtrack. The M6 is considerably less dull with Sneakman blasting out of the speakers. In any case, I loved this article but as others have mentioned, it didn't scratch the surface of this subject! So many games have absolutely outstanding soundtracks - Rez, F Zero X, OutRun, Super Castlevania IV, AfterBurner, Soul Calibur 2, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, Strider and Lords of Thunder on PC Engine, or any number of Neo Geo titles.

    Finally, IMHO a special mention ought to go to Module for his sterling work on the Shatter soundtrack. Much like Hotline Miami, the game and the music are intrinsic to the overall experience the player has - bizzarely, it's one of the only times I've bought a game on the strength of the soundtrack alone.

    EDIT: Spelling DERP
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  • Facebook buys Oculus VR for $2 billion

  • LudusSolers 26/03/2014

    "Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face - just by putting on goggles in your home."

    This concerns me greatly - I got rid of my Facebook account years ago because of concerns over data privacy and their unrelenting desire to harvest every bit of information about you. Medical data is as personal as it gets; there's no way I'd want Facebook and their marketing buddies anywhere near mine or my family's. Disappointing.
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  • Dark Souls 2 review

  • LudusSolers 13/03/2014

    @JonFE thanks for the pointers - I'll man up and head back in there!! Reply 0
  • LudusSolers 11/03/2014

    I am ashamed to say that I haven't made it past Blighttown in DS1 (quit in a huff after yet another bloody toxic death, and haven't picked it up in 3 months) but knowing that DS2 is here might inspire me to push through and finish the first one... Reply +1
  • Super Mario 3D World review

  • LudusSolers 21/11/2013

    @sid-6581 For an example of narrative, thought-provoking storylines AND fun, you could do much worse than look at LOZ: Majora's Mask. Actually, Link's Awakening is probably an even better example - the final "twist" was a real sucker-punch for me. Reply 0
  • LudusSolers 20/11/2013

    @Cringles88 True, cut scenes can add to a player's engagement with the protagonist / avatar, but they aren't wholly necessary. The Metroid games - recent entries aside - are proof enough of this. Reply +2
  • Nintendo's now-discontinued Letter Box service used by alleged child predators

  • LudusSolers 06/11/2013

    Shocking. Although pulling the service seemed like a knee jerk reaction by Nintendo, nothing can be more important than the safety and security of children. Reply +28
  • FIFA 14 patch out on console this week

  • LudusSolers 10/10/2013

    No fix for the invisible player glitch then. SMH. Reply 0
  • The ultimate retro handheld collectors' guide

  • LudusSolers 30/09/2013

    Another Lynx fan here. Yes, it was extremely expensive and chewed through batteries at an exponential rate (I took to carrying my power supply around and plugging it in at the back of the class room!), but it is a masterpiece of engineering and well ahead of it's time.

    If you do splash out for it, I highly recommend trying to get your hands on Electrocop, Chips Challenge, Klax, Ninja Gaiden and the outstanding Warbirds - in addition to the titles mentioned earlier. IMHO it also has the best version of California Games - even though it was "missing" two events. A fantastic machine which I will always have a soft spot for.
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  • Viewtiful Joe retrospective

  • LudusSolers 15/09/2013

    Read this article with fond memories. Then I remembered how long I spent trying to defeat Fire Leo, and turned into a sobbing, broken mess of a man. Reply +2
  • Used game sales can be limited by making better games, Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime says

  • LudusSolers 14/06/2013

    I don't always agree with Reggie, but it's hard to fault what he's saying here. I still have the original GBA version of Advance Wars - it's one of my favourite games ever and I can't bear to let it go, even though I don't actually have anything I can play it on at the moment (I have a 3DS now, though I'm tempted to shell out for another DS Lite again). In my humble opinion, Nintendo make the best games in the world. Reply +8
  • Poland and Portugal not supported at Xbox One launch, importing near ruled out

  • LudusSolers 13/06/2013

    What an absolute shambles from start to (sooner than expected, I reckon) finish. There has been literally nothing positive forthcoming from XBox One. It's the Windows Vista of consoles. Reply +2
  • GamesMaster: The Inside Story

  • LudusSolers 04/06/2013

    What a brilliant article, read it with misty-eyed appreciation of what was a influential part of my (apparently) mis-spent youth.

    Only one thing though - where was the GamesMistress interview? She was surely responsible for more than a few joysticks being waggled... ;)
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  • Hotline Miami for Vita and PS3 this spring

  • LudusSolers 19/02/2013

    Fantastic news; Vita purchase confirmed!! Reply +8
  • Microsoft warns of console bans after Gears of War: Judgment leaks a month before release

  • LudusSolers 19/02/2013

    Maybe it's just me, but I've never been so desperate to play a game before it's retail release that I'd pirate/torrent a leaked version of it. As much as I love games, I simply don't see them as being so important that I'd risk potential legal action or at the very least, an instaban from my content delivery service of choice. Reply +6
  • The History of Nintendo: 1889-1980 review

  • LudusSolers 14/02/2013

    @pwnsweet @patrickbauer

    You may or may not like Nintendo, but the impact that they've had on the pastime we all (hopefully) enjoy is virtually incalculable. Fact is, they essentially rescued the console videogame industry from imploding back in the 80s.

    For that alone, they deserve the respect of everyone involved in the gaming industry - from CEO to consumer. Wishing for their (actually undeserved) demise smacks of fanboyism and is a childish - and pretty irritating thing to do.
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  • Nintendo announces Zelda: Wind Waker HD re-make for Wii U, out this year

  • LudusSolers 23/01/2013

    It's so beautiful, I actually shed a (manly) tear... :') Reply 0
  • The man who made Conker - Rare's most adult game

  • LudusSolers 23/11/2012

    A very interesting read and one that brings into sharp relief the increasing tension between artistic vision and the need to deliver in a target-driven corporate environment. I guess that's the way things are nowadays, as sad as it sounds, but realistically we knew that it was the case with modern games development.

    One title I noticed that was conspicuous by its absence was Jet Force Gemini - one of Rare's strongest titles. Along with KI, I think JFG (either an update or a full-fledged sequel) would've been a big win for Microsoft/Rare.
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  • Angry Birds Star Wars HD: an intellectual analysis

  • LudusSolers 22/11/2012

    Brilliant and scathingly true. Also, play Boom Blox if you haven't already - it really is one of the most criminally overlooked games in recent times. Reply +7