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  • Reading and writing in Ice-Bound, an unmissable narrative game

  • MetalDog 21/02/2016

    @frightlever You're doing God's work, son.

    It all sounds bloody awful to me.
    Reply +3
  • New Thief gameplay trailer shows Garrett doing his thing

  • MetalDog 15/10/2013

    No Stephen Russell voiceacting, no sale.

    I could forgive the emo eye makeup. I can just about bear the inevitable Assassins creed creep feel. The fact that he appears to have suffered some sort of major personality change is much harder to overlook - the lack of Garret's voice - well, that's a fuck you too far.
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  • Alien retrospective

  • MetalDog 11/02/2013

    I played the hell out of this on the Spectrum. It was full-on paranoia and panic-inducing stuff. A really great game, if you haven't tried it, you really should. Reply +2
  • Valve to discuss Team Fortress 2 Virtual Reality goggles port at GDC

  • MetalDog 16/01/2013

    If they can crack the VR killing triumvirate of lag, price and control, VR will become more than a gimmick.
    I really want them to succeed at it and TF2 in VR, hell yes.
    Reply +1
  • More people are playing Minecraft on XBLA than Modern Warfare 3 or FIFA 13

  • MetalDog 25/10/2012

    Non war-based, exploration heavy and massively customisable by the player.

    That last one is something the big studios are least able to do, because as soon as it's possible for the player to make a penis or a Hitler, the lawyers say no.

    The future's bright. The future's indy.
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  • SimCity release date set in stone

  • MetalDog 25/10/2012

    @Der_tolle_Emil The only time I want to play with other people is when I can shoot them in the face =D Reply 0
  • MetalDog 24/10/2012

    @barnett666 Ooh, good news. For PC gamers anyway. Reply 0
  • MetalDog 24/10/2012

    Always online DRM can go to hell.

    If/when that gets sorted, I will definitely buy. I'll suck at it, but I'll have fun being rubbish, I reckon. If they don't sort the DRM out, well - I've managed to live without a number of games that took that route, I'll live without this.
    Reply +3
  • Night and the City

  • MetalDog 17/10/2012

    I don't think I've ever seen an EG article win over the comments section quite like this one has.

    Of course in a couple of days, we'll find Chris Donlan dead in an alleyway with a dozen reviewers pens lodged in his back =D
    Reply +7
  • MetalDog 17/10/2012

    @Shinetop Yeah, that remark stands out as worthy of exploration. It's wonderfully sinister =)

    Really great article.
    Reply +6
  • Team Fortress 2

  • MetalDog 14/07/2011

    I love TF2 and the TF2 team with the heat of a thousand suns. Reply +7
  • For and Against: Violence in video games

  • MetalDog 02/04/2011

    Vote needs a 'bit of both' option. Violence is used too cheaply a lot of the time, but it is also hilarious fun in the right place.
    I agree with both of them in the main and disagree with both of them on minor points.
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  • Is DA2 "unrealistically bisexual"?

  • MetalDog 25/03/2011

    In his full statement he makes a remark that I think hits the nail on the head for all sorts of 'outrages'.

    "You can write it off as “political correctness” if you wish, but the truth is that privilege always lies with the majority. They’re so used to being catered to that they see the lack of catering as an imbalance. They don’t see anything wrong with having things set up to suit them, what’s everyone’s fuss all about? That’s the way it should be, any everyone else should be used to not getting what they want."
    Reply +4
  • Retrospective: Startopia

  • MetalDog 07/06/2010


    /raises a glass
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  • Games of 2009: Batman: Arkham Asylum

  • MetalDog 05/01/2010

    I really don't understand the people decrying the combat system - it's the best melee I've ever come across. Once you get your head around it, you are never, ever button bashing. Every punch, kick, throw, block and takedown you mean to do. Pulling off a long string of combos is the most satisfying thing ever and makes you feel like Batman - which is the whole point. Reply 0
  • Fallout 3: Broken Steel

  • MetalDog 21/04/2009

    Because my ability to lose data knows no bounds, but I still have discs from a decade ago that I still use. I'm a gaming packrat, I like my stackable solids! Reply 0
  • MetalDog 21/04/2009

    Sounds good - but I want all the DLC on disc. No disc, no sale, so come on, Beth! Reply 0
  • Will Wright discusses Spore porn

  • MetalDog 28/08/2008


    Yeah, but the first thing I made in Spore CC was a wolfie =)
    I have no urge at all to make genitalia - it's hardly attractive.
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  • MetalDog 28/08/2008

    chicknstu wrote:
    "Actually, people making penises isn't unexpected in any way at all. It's pretty much the first thing I'd expect any human to do after sitting down in front of it."

    Don't tar us all with your phallic fixations!
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  • BioShock

  • MetalDog 16/08/2007

    Oh God, how am I going to concentrate on my job interview today?
    "Hi! By the way, how good is Bioshock looking? How fucking good? Yeah, yeah, job, shmob, Bioshock, baby, yeah!"
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  • Myth II: Soulblighter

  • MetalDog 10/07/2007

    I spent many hours playing Myth II online as well. Nothing quite so satisfying as setting fire to the enemy with some well placed archers or managing to sneak an exploding wight into their midst while distracting them with some suicide zombies =) Reply 0
  • Loki

  • MetalDog 03/07/2007

    Hrrm. Perhaps I'll look at the demo - you've made me cautious. Cheers Lou. Reply 0
  • MetalDog 03/07/2007

    Is it flawed enough to put off a mythology nut, Lou? I know a few and I'm a bit of one myself. Although it sounds like in this game I'd be going /against/ all my favourites, like Mictlantecuhtli, Loki, Seth, with is mildly offputting.

    Do you get to work with the likes of Xipe Totec? Do the gods you worship display any sign of personality or are they just spell machines?
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  • Big Daddy speaks

  • MetalDog 08/06/2007

    Buy this game, people! I want more story in my games - if this is a huge hit publishers will insist upon it!

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  • Lost In Blue 2

  • MetalDog 11/05/2007

    The only bit of sexism in Lost in Blue that bothered me (and there was quite a bit of low level sexism I let slide, because the game was pretty good), was when they're chatting at night and Skye says something along the lines of:
    "I used to think I was strong and independant... but that was just society holding me up."
    It seemed fairly clear to me /in context/ with all her other useless traits, that the idea of 'man protect/enslave feeble woman' was high in the mind of the lead designer. Not too surprising, given how horribly sexist Japan is.

    Now, this doesn't bother me too much, I'm used to having to turn a blind eye to macho bollocks in games, but I am kind of bothered by a journo sneering at people for mentioning what was there and also for trying to say it wasn't.
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  • Ultima Online: Kingdom Reborn

  • MetalDog 08/03/2007

    I'm pretty sure my house has collapsed by now...

    Still, so tempting.
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  • Left 4 Dead

  • MetalDog 03/03/2007

    Going to have to go through Steam (spit) to play this on PC, yah? Reply 0
  • The Sims 2 Seasons

  • MetalDog 01/03/2007

    Another Sims expansion another killjoy set of comments from the 'too cool to Sim' crowd. Of course looking at some of the other articles, a lot of you guys are 'too cool to like anything'. Reply 0
  • The Witcher

  • MetalDog 01/03/2007

    Yep, sounds like it'll be a cracker. Quit your whining, bitches. Reply 0
  • Viva Pińata is for girls - Gates

  • MetalDog 06/02/2007

    Sometime around 2000 I suggested to my then co-workers that we make a game based on a witch's garden, the type of plants you grew attracting different creatures, enabling you to make different spells/potions for the local village depending on the creatures your gardening style attracted.

    I was told it was 'too girly'.

    Damn you guys - look at Viva, LOOK AT IT! Too girly, my arse, we could have beaten them by years!
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  • Hellgate will be subs-based

  • MetalDog 10/01/2007

    Subs? Oh dear. 60% of my interest has just vanished. Reply 0
  • Secret Files: Tunguska

  • MetalDog 03/10/2006

    DanWhitehead says, "That's pretty much my problem with the praise this game has garnered. Having a target audience so eager for entertainment that they'll lower their expectations and forgive all manner of sub-par execution simply for the privilege of pointing and clicking to solve inventory puzzles doesn't change the fact that Tunguska is only a slightly above average game."

    The thing is, exactly the same problem occurs with a lot of games. Particularly Japanese games, where many people will swallow dialogue even more appalling than the stuff cited in the article and forgive it on grounds of 'translation', despite the overall poorness of the structure. I've seen people credit cliche characters and vague storylines as 'genius' and overall shine the rosiest of lights over the whole show - just because it comes from Japan.
    However, I'm not sure it'd be wise to make that the basis for a critique of a Japanese game. It's bringing baggage to the table that the game itself is not responsible for.
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  • Seed MMO shutting down

  • MetalDog 03/10/2006

    Roleplay heavy mmo's have been around a long time in the form of MUDs and MUSHes. I did try Seed and I wish they'd been less ambitious on the graphics front and built a more solid method of communication between players (the cornerstone of roleplay). I'm still not sure it would work, though. I've never yet seen decent roleplaying happen in a graphical enviroment. You get the occasional 'prithee' effort, but not the real deal. Something about using your eyes instead of your imagination to fill in the view seems to mess it up. Reply 0
  • Kudos

  • MetalDog 11/09/2006

    Cut scenes, Cliffski? I'm shocked! =) Reply 0
  • Stronghold Legends demo

  • MetalDog 25/08/2006

    I liked the first Stronghold a lot, so I'll be checking this out later, full of hope =) Reply 0
  • DS gets Lost in Blue 2

  • MetalDog 24/08/2006

    I /wish/ I was making it up, but no, she really does say something like that and she needs lifting and leading and falls over the one time she tries to walk outside alone. Reply 0
  • MetalDog 24/08/2006

    Sounds good to me. Be nice to have a female on the island who isn't outrageously helpless too. The only thing that really pissed me off about Lost in Blue was the woman.
    "Oh, I used to think I was strong, but that was just society helping me!"
    /waits to be picked up
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  • Alone in the Dark

  • MetalDog 18/05/2006

    *crosses fingers*

    The last AITD was pigging awful, I'd like this one to be good. I'd really like it to be scary, but I guess that's too much to hope for.
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  • Ballmer kids update: 360-get

  • MetalDog 06/01/2006

    I've always kind of assumed large quantities of 'sherbert' were involved in that presentation.
    Oh and this is the developers one.
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  • Philips unveils mad thingy

  • MetalDog 04/01/2006

    Sounds great. Talisman with spell effects going off around your character card! Entertain the childish flashing lights addict in me while keeping my board game playing pals happy.
    Homebrew possibilities too =)
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  • Pong creator praises Nintendo

  • MetalDog 05/12/2005

    "can't remember may casual gamers back in 92, let alone 82."

    You need to go further back to when every cafe (and there were a lot more of them) had pinball and something like pong, breakout or space invaders. There were a lot of kids playing back then, boys and girls.

    I don't think it was the controls that did it, though - I think it was the locations. Arcades sprang up and they were really intimidating places for all but the hardiest addict. If you were young and female, you needed some brass to stay in one of those and you had NO CHANCE AT ALL of getting the big boys off the Space Invaders. I'm pretty sure that's when video gaming started more of a boy-thing. The fact that the arcades were full of bully boys and grim-faced overweight men feeding the fruit machines didn't do much for its image either.

    The home consoles came along with a kind of laughable 'teach your kid computer science' branding. Then the tits and arse started to creep in. Then the schools got BBC's and girls were fairly well discouraged from going anywhere near them, while the boys got all the help. My memory of 'computer class' was being left alone in front of a flashing cursor that would only ever respond 'syntax error' while the teacher taught the boys to program (the first thing I remember seeing them program, incidentally, was an ascii willy being wanked by an ascii hand).

    Controllers have nothing to do with why female gamers are fewer than male gamers in this country - it was a long process born out of the /exceedingly/ sexist seventies.

    Personally, I have hopes the situation will improve and is improving, now that most people have to use computers to work. A console is a piece of piss compared to a PC.
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  • Chronicles of Narnia

  • MetalDog 04/12/2005

    C.S. Lewis was a good man - certainly not a misogyinst. He does deserve better than to be posthumously slandered by people just because they hate his religion. He was a very reluctant convert to Christianity himself, though and would have understood why Pullman hates him. Reply 0
  • Watch banned X360 advert

  • MetalDog 29/11/2005

    "It's just playing "cowboys and indians", nobody complained about that back then..."

    Hehe, yes they did. Took them a while to get to it what with all the lawn darts and concrete playgrounds, but they did eventually scowl on kids playing war, cops and robbers, cowboys and indians, etc.

    When was the last time you saw kids playing that stuff? In fact, when was the last time you saw kids playing /anything/ outside of monitored enclosures? Poor little buggers.
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  • Bully under fire once again

  • MetalDog 13/10/2005

    I would imagine that having your kid top themselves is about the worst thing that can ever happen to you. So no, I wouldn't expect anything like rationality towards even the word 'bully' from the poor bastards who've gone through that. I don't know how many of you have lost someone you love, but it drives you a bit mad. It's unbearable for a long, long time and very little eases that kind of pain except the passage of years.

    If Jack Thompson pointed this game out to them, he's just using their pain to push his tired little trolly. Be a man, Jack - fight on your convictions, not with the raw flesh of other peoples tragedies.
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  • New Sam and Max game

  • MetalDog 22/09/2005

    "If Purcell's on board, it should turn out alright."

    What do you mean "if"?

    Mostly, I mean, he /is/ on board - the habit of saying 'if' is probably local (and confusing, sorry). On the other hand, he might be shouting from the production sidelines, which would not be so good.

    And yes, it's Steve Purcell, not Sam, right?
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  • MetalDog 21/09/2005

    If Purcell's on board, it should turn out alright.
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  • The Movies goes online

  • MetalDog 01/09/2005

    That 'recent' preview is from 2003! =) Reply 0
  • Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without A Pulse

  • MetalDog 24/05/2005

    waaaaa-nt Reply 0
  • Startopia

  • MetalDog 12/04/2005

    The only copy I have is my own freebie and I'd be tres reluctant to part with it.
    You can still pick it up at Amazon

    And the lowest used price is 98p =P What a steal.
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