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  • Games with Gold announces December freebies

  • MattEvansC3 27/11/2014

    @FruitBatCop I'm really surprised someone at Microsoft and Sony aren't looking at the sales figures for well rated games that just aren't selling, especially those with DLC and/or sequels and going to the publishers "In the past six months you've made less than $1,000 in sales for game X. We will give you $3,000 up front to make that game permanently free for our subscribers and then get our normal 30% cut of the DLC, you keep the rest."

    They do that for say ten indie/arcade titles which will set them back $30,000 but will then be able to market 12 month subscriptions with ten free games.
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  • MattEvansC3 26/11/2014

    @FruitBatCop the retail titles are generally older with the XBLA being newer titles in comparison. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 26/11/2014

    Regardless of how "shit" or "old" these titles are I'm quite enjoying the line up on GWG. There's a good variety of genres and I am playing and enjoying games I never thought I'd like and never bothered trying. I do wish that they would do more first in a series rather than sequels like Darksiders 2, it just feels weird jumping in half way through a series. Reply +3
  • Advertising Standards Authority warns YouTubers to flag promotional videos

  • MattEvansC3 26/11/2014

    @OneClassyBloke

    From the sounds of it I know more about what you posted than you do.

    The fact that you mention Brianna Wu and an article about non disclosure of sponsorship, ie ethics in the same post implies you are referring to #GamerGate. Then by pointing out the discrepancy between the number of comments on each article you are highlighting what us who disagreed with #GamerGate have been saying, that regardless of what they say, they aren't interested in ethics but the women in gaming whose been abused because of that hashtag.

    Now when this specific news reared it's head, that YouTube personalities weren't disclosing when their content was being sponsored, one of the bigger names behind #GamerGate, a YouTube personality called TotalBiscuit defended this practice of non-disclosure by claiming that as him and other YouTube personality weren't reviewers they were exempt from standard journalistic practices such as stating when articles were in fact sponsored advertorials.
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  • MattEvansC3 26/11/2014

    @OneClassyBloke but you forget that as YouTubers aren't reviewers they are exempt from journalistic ethics ;-) Reply 0
  • Microsoft's Ori and The Blind Forest delayed into 2015

  • MattEvansC3 24/11/2014

    @thomasmahler73 what differences should we expect between the Xbox360 and XboxOne editions? Also is the PC edition going to be on Steam or the Windows Store and therefore Win8/10 only? Reply +1
  • Will Xbox One succeed in China?

  • MattEvansC3 23/11/2014

    @MENTAL1ST I don't think that's iOS, there's clearly an OEM brand at the top of the phone, looks a bit like the Nokia brand. Also the top of the body doesn't look like an iPhone. Reply +1
  • MattEvansC3 23/11/2014

    Define succeed? This is a new market that while large is rife with piracy, grey market imports and a culture that steers towards MMOs and F2P games so how many units were the XboxOne and PS4 expected to shift to be deemed to be a success.

    The XboxOne's success may depend on its Win8 OS element. If that can be hacked to run full WinRT code and therefore run the dodgy ports, clones and emulators already on the Windows marketplace it would fit in more with China's current "business" model.
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  • MattEvansC3 23/11/2014

    @Bluetooth

    That's not a launch screen that is a game, looks like some form of three match game.
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  • Don't call it a comeback: Xbox One's first year

  • MattEvansC3 22/11/2014

    @Ogami_Itto no, it was the DRM, sharing and lack of ownership that was the concern BUT at least Microsoft talked about sharing and reselling digital content. Sony haven't discussed how ownership with digital titles are going to change but they have been quick in pushing various different rental schemes. Reply +1
  • MattEvansC3 22/11/2014

    @Ogami_Itto that's the thing that's been glossed over. Sony have stated in interviews the only reason they didn't do an online only console was because the broadband infrastructure wasn't there.

    That E3 video had nothing to do with Sony's plan for the console. It was an opportunity they'd have been stupid to miss but look at what Sony have done so far on their digital platform, over priced game prices, two different rental schemes, one of which has been widely criticised for being extremely expensive and a laggy, limited sharing scheme. Sony are feature creeping in something far worse than that original XboxOne announcement.

    http://kotaku.com/sony-actually-has-a-very-different-future-in-mind-for-p-514144920
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  • MattEvansC3 22/11/2014

    @Psiloc the problem for Microsoft is that they're American and Sony is Japanese. Being a Japanese business gives Sony a quite strong and extensive portfolio of exclusives because the Japanese devs just aren't making games for non-Japanese consoles that aren't selling well in Japan.

    Western devs are more multiplatform orientated because there's a much more even split in console she's every generation. It's a sad state of affairs but Microsoft has to but exclusives because even if Sony closed all of its studios down they'd still be getting exclusives without even looking at the cheque book.
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  • MattEvansC3 22/11/2014

    @zapzone personally I'd doubt that. For Microsoft or Sony to slim down the console they need to have the CPU fabricated at a smaller size but Apple currently is taking all the production lines and that doesn't seem to be changing any time soon. Even when Apple isn't going the production lines there are a lot of other companies, like nVidia, vying for that smaller manufacturing process. Reply +2
  • PlanetSide 2: PS4, free-to-play and leaving money on the table

  • MattEvansC3 21/11/2014

    I am a bit surprised Destiny wasn't brought up in that interview, especially without cross play.

    While the games are significantly different, on a superficial level you've got two online sci-fi shooters, one of which is not only already released on the PS4 but is one of the biggest selling new IPs. The majority of the players who are interested in that segment would already have bought into Destiny so how do they plan on getting those players to change games?
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  • BioWare's brilliant Dragon Age: Inquisition sex scene

  • MattEvansC3 21/11/2014

    @riceNpea I would but I've got kids so have forgotten what its like. Reply 0
  • "I don't want to be a part of piracy"

  • MattEvansC3 21/11/2014

    @MrTomFTW would he want it? He seems to be more interested in the problem solving aspect of hacking the system. As he said in the interview its just a hobby to him, take away the challenge and he'd lose interest. Reply 0
  • Far Cry 4 PC users accidentally reveal they pirated the game

  • MattEvansC3 19/11/2014

    While the article is good for a giggle it is quite worrisome. The simple fact that Ubisoft knew those with POV control issues were pirates because it was in the first day patch implies they were removed from the main game purely as an anti-piracy mechanism.

    For me that is an issue. Now I've recently moved to an area with shit broadband and by shit I mean my download speed is between 200 to 300kbs. It took me all day to download The Witcher on Steam and another day for Steam to redownload it to apply a patch. Now the patch could be a couple of meg or it could be more than ten gig but regardless I, as a paying customer, woukd not be able to play the game on release day. Also I pay extra for unlimited broadband but if I didn't that patch could easily take a huge chunk out of my monthly allowance.

    This patch is not for the benefit of the paying customer, it is to the detriment of the paying customer. So yeah, while its a funny article how many of those who bought the game are really happy that they have to download a day one patch that contains features that should have been in the original game download because Ubisoft want to prevent someone who didn't pay for the game from playing it?
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  • Assassin's Creed: Unity launch beats Black Flag's in UK chart

  • MattEvansC3 17/11/2014

    @Malek86

    Or that it has been bundled in with XboxOne purchases for about two months as a pre-order digital code which doesn't count towards the sale figures for chart positions.
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  • Who needs games: PlayStation 4's first year

  • MattEvansC3 15/11/2014

    @grassyknoll of course, it's a big win for Sony that their Bungie game that they bought exclusives for, talked about as if it was an exclusive game, showcased at their big events, prevented their direct competitor from advertising and had a larger install base was only able to outsell the XboxOne version by one in ten customers. Big win there. Reply -2
  • MattEvansC3 15/11/2014

    You may want to edit your article regarding Destiny as your own news contradicts the statement "that everyone was playing it on PS4"
    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-09-15-destiny-uks-biggest-new-ip-launch-ever

    First week UK sales had the PS4 at 46% and Xbox One at 36%. That's not a success for Sony considering their player base, the amount of money they put into the marketing, how much they tried to promote it as a first party title, how many extras Bungie were throwing at PS4 owners and their superior hardware gave them a solitary 10% advantage and less than half the till sales.

    If anything it was a huge positive for Microsoft that they were able to keep the sales gap that small given all the advantages Sony had.
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  • Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta is 720p, 60fps

  • MattEvansC3 11/11/2014

    @daniloazhar1 in fairness, looking at the state of most games on Day One not even the feeds our publishers know the difference between a beta and finished game. Reply 0
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition review

  • MattEvansC3 11/11/2014

    Sounds like a good game but sadly EA's pre-order and overly expensive digital deluxe edition policies have killed of my interest in this game.

    Six months ago I couldn't wait for this game. Now?...meh, I'll wait for the inevitable GOTY.
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  • BioWare boss polls fans on potential Mass Effect Trilogy re-make

  • MattEvansC3 07/11/2014

    I don't think this would work all that well. There's just to much variance between the games in terms of mechanics and game design to create a single cohesive game/trilogy.

    If you made it more like ME1 you'd start alternating those who preferred ME2 and ME3. There's be expectations from some to put the Mako in instead of putting planets. Of you made ME1 as streamlined as ME2 there's be complaints of dumbing it down. Halo works because fundamentally they are all similar games and experiences, the same can't be said for Mass Effect.
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  • CD Projekt announces generous Witcher 3 DLC plan

  • MattEvansC3 06/11/2014

    @bad09 closest I could find was this;
    http://blog.brentknowles.com/2012/03/11/mass-effect-3-and-day-one-dlc/

    Its an ex Bioware guy hypothesising that From Ashes may have resulted from focus testers playing ME3 saying what they would like more of as DLC and that's how they got it as Day One DLC.

    The only other thing of note was DSOG claiming that The Omega DLC was purposefully cut from the game to be sold as DLC because someone found the Hidden Palace Zone on the ME3 disc;
    http://www.dsogaming.com/news/bioware-cuts-content-from-mass-effect-3-and-offers-it-as-dlc-for-13-of-the-games-full-price/
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  • MattEvansC3 06/11/2014

    @bad09 Do you have a source for that because I've done an internet search and can't find anything relating to that? Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 06/11/2014

    @Ajent yet that is self inflicted by the developers and publishers. Since Bethesda first released their Golden Horse Armour the trust was broken and all DLC/microtransaction policies came under extra scrutiny with the default assumption being anti-consumer.

    Now just to pick purely on EA for the moment, they created project $10, a policy purely aimed at preventing second hand sales. This was introduced with Shale from Dragon Age: Origin which felt like it was in the game from inception and removed only to become Project $10 at a later stage. They also weren't shy about supporting season passes.

    Of course by the time Mass Effect 3 came around and we all knew who the Collectors' Edition character was going to be the second it was announced as Day One DLC the shit hit the fan. Now I personally have no reason to doubt what EA and Bioware were saying in that the character was always designed to be DLC and was not cut from the main game but by this point any faith in trust in their words had been completely eroded away.

    The thing is that EA/Bioware and Bethesda have done DLC the right way. The Shadowbroker and Leilana's Song were both self contained pieces of DLC that accompanied and fleshed out the main game but were not part of the main story arc. Dragonborn was once again not part of the main game but instead if sitting alongside ut it continued the players journey. Those are the types of DLC done well and if Bioware or Bethesda started planning those from the start rather than content that feels should have been in the game at launch we wouldn't really be having this conversation.
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  • MattEvansC3 06/11/2014

    It's my birthday this month and I'd been planning on getting DragonAge Inquisition and even preordering the Digital Collectors Edition to get all the extra content but after trying to shop around and finding it is only on the Origin store at RRP that extra £20 seemed rather a lot for the content being offered. Now instead of just pushing me to preorder the standard edition at a reduced price it's put me off preordering the game altogether and I'm just going to wait until its on sale.

    This Witcher 3 news is making me want to preorder it even though I haven't played them yet (I own them but haven't installed yet).
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  • EA cancels MOBA Dawngate

  • MattEvansC3 05/11/2014

    I'll be honest in that the name was the biggest issue for me. DawnGate just sounds too generic and reminded me more of those shitty Asian F2P MMO games than anything else which gave me zero interest in the product.

    I just don't understand why they didn't copy Blizzard and leverage EA's existing IP to at least get name recognition. Doing a Mass Effect MOBA would at least give you a SciFi setting which would at least give you one big point of differentiation.
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  • Project Spark is pulling in two directions at once

  • MattEvansC3 31/10/2014

    @krayzkrok except where you pay say $20 for RPG maker and then have to buy additional theme packs for about $5. Or when you buy Minecraft and then pay extra for all those premium packs. Or when you buy Destiny and then pay extra for DLC... Reply +4
  • Games with Gold's November offerings include Red Faction: Guerrilla and Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise

  • MattEvansC3 30/10/2014

    I'm really enjoying the variety of titles on the 360 games with gold and its a good range of genres too. Always wanted to try Viva Piñata. Reply +2
  • Microsoft Band is a health-focused smart device for your wrist

  • MattEvansC3 30/10/2014

    @7M7 I would seriously suggest you go on a more tech orientated website such as The Verge, Arstechnica or Engadget to get more information as to why it requires the cloud as its too much information to put in a single post. Classing the information collated as being "simple" is quite an understatement. Reply +1
  • MattEvansC3 30/10/2014

    @Zomoniac it does and much more. Head over to the Verge, they are normally anti-Microsoft and even they seem really impressed with it. Reply +2
  • Twitch cracks down on "sexually suggestive clothing"

  • MattEvansC3 28/10/2014

    @true_gamer if a woman CHOOSES to show her bare flesh on her own stream that is fine. That is the whole point of feminism, that women get to have more control over their own portrayal.

    Anita never argued that games shouldn't ever contain sexualised females. She pointed out how females were consistently portrayed as nothing more than sexual objects in games.
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  • MattEvansC3 28/10/2014

    @slowdog1976 GinsterGate! Reply +2
  • MattEvansC3 28/10/2014

    @Sharzam which is a fair point...except that games continuously over sexualise the female form (the buff, muscular male model is more male power fantasy than female sexual fantasy).

    Unless you apply the same criteria to the games being streamed it is a bit of a double standard.
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  • Crusader: No Remorse is free right now on Origin

  • MattEvansC3 28/10/2014

    Bejereled 3? I don't remember that game on Origin... Reply +12
  • Apple iPad Air 2 review

  • MattEvansC3 25/10/2014

    @JasonB81 don't forget the digipen/stylus on the SP3. Reply +1
  • MattEvansC3 25/10/2014

    @JasonB81

    I'm a little shocked they didn't compare it to the SP3, especially seeing as it actually addresses some of the problems highlighted in the article.
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  • ESRB: In Dragon Age: Inquisition "fellatio is implied"

  • MattEvansC3 24/10/2014

    @Skooch in fairness with Dragon Age Bioware bring the males down to the same level as the females, especially the homosexual males. So she can't really complain about female objectification in the game when Bioware objectifies all genders, races, orientations and classes under the sun. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 24/10/2014

    @redcrayon and complaining that one was overpowered and needed to be nerfed. Reply 0
  • MattEvansC3 24/10/2014

    @MrTomFTW let me put on my wizard robe and hat. Reply +2
  • MattEvansC3 24/10/2014

    @zzkj You looking at my bird?!? *Punches zzkj* Reply 0
  • Microsoft to end free Xbox Music streaming

  • MattEvansC3 23/10/2014

    @NewbieZilla as a metro app it will play in the background. Reply +2
  • MattEvansC3 23/10/2014

    @ramshot MS cant force Spotify to release an app and can't release one themselves. Look at all the shit they've had off of Google regarding an official YouTube app on WP8/Win8. Reply 0
  • Xbox 360 strategy World of Keflings heads to Wii U next month

  • MattEvansC3 23/10/2014

    @cornishlee I think strategy is pushing it a bit for any Keflings game but they are fun in a very relaxed way. Reply +2
  • UK gov changing law to get tough on internet trolling

  • MattEvansC3 20/10/2014

    @Whitster I'd disagree with that. Trolling can be done in a light hearted manner but it is not light hearted.

    Trolling is effectively just about being able to push someone's buttons but in such a way that you can claim innocence when the situation blows up.
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  • We cannot let this become gaming culture

  • MattEvansC3 17/10/2014

    @Pantsonmyhead the irony is that that the "Gamers are dead" article was stating that YOU are the type of person the publishers should be aiming their marketing at. That you and your family are what gaming is about and not the toxic element that refer to themselves as "gamers". Reply -1
  • E3 organiser and trade group ESA speaks out against GamerGate

  • MattEvansC3 16/10/2014

    @Aurain the article he wrote was in relation to a GameJam from the very first time he met her. He put it best, if he wanted to sleep with someone for good press coverage he wouldn't risk his career in an unknown like Zoe Quinn.

    This is the issue with #GamerGate, everybody affected has answered those initial concerns, they have come out and disclosed relationships, they have made this information public. It should have ended there but it didn't. They ignored those answers, they kept repeating the questions as if they hadn't been answered and kept going after the same people looking for more reasons to perpetuate the campaign of harassment against these people.
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  • MattEvansC3 16/10/2014

    @ronorra And how can we have a conversation about ethics when the facts are being deliberately twisted. The favourable article was written BEFORE they started dating. The journalist in question had not written anything about Zoe Quinn or Depression Quest between the time they started dating and the time the accusations started flying about. Reply +3
  • MattEvansC3 16/10/2014

    @Bauul Is there though? GamerGate is like Britain First. Yes, deep down there will always be perfectly acceptable criticisms against immigration and debates on national identity but those aren't THEIR criticisms. In the same way legitimate criticisms of gaming journalistic ethics are not THEIR criticisms.

    Because both Britain First's and GamerGate's mission statements are so vague its enticing to the moderates and those with legitimate concerns. They don't know or care how and why these movements started or the people behind then, they've just seen a platform for people to openly talk about those concerns so they talk about them. They are foreigners importing their criticisms into the movement. Those criticisms are not THEIR criticisms.

    Its not like we ever needed a #GamerGate to begin with because not only do we talk about journalistic ethics all the time but its the sites #GamerGate are decrying for lacking journalistic ethics are the ones starting those conversations. It was Eurogamer that brought into question journalistic ethics with Rab's TombRaider promotion piece and when Penny Arcade then popularised the issues around Rab's departure Eurogamer still gave us a platform to discuss how we felt about their decision. GamerSutra, the site targeted by #GamerGate fir being anti-gamer was one of the first sites to bring into question the ethics of YouTube creators deals with game publishers and how they weren't disclosing/trying to cover up that they were doing paid for advertorials disguised as impartial content. Its really worth reading the comments for that one as it has TotalBiscuit, one of the main flag bearers for GamerGate, DEFENDING their practices because they do the bare legal minimum requirement and that he is also exempt from standard journalistic ethic practices because he doesn't class himself as a "reviewer".

    #GamerGate has failed as a movement because it has brought nothing new to the table that didn't revolve around shaming a female in the industry.
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