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  • What do you actually do in games?

  • MrTomFTW 30/09/2016

    If we're talking "play" as an operative word, I would argue that in a game like Virginia, you are playing a role. Even if said role isn't entirely clear and takes a bit of figuring out (as Mr Donlan discusses in the article)

    Quite frankly the argument of "x isn't a game" is tiresome and rather redundant. I seem to remember playing text adventures that were rather gentle experiences and there was never a suggestion that they weren't games. We should be broadening the horizons of games, not narrowing it with pointless gate-keeping.
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  • MrTomFTW 30/09/2016

    What I do in games is temporarily distract myself from the inevitability of my own death and the death of everyone I've ever loved.

    Good morning!
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  • Nidhogg 2 announced for next year, with weird new art style

  • MrTomFTW 29/09/2016

    That art style makes it look like it belongs in the Amiga Public Domain scene. And to me that's a VERY good thing. Reply +1
  • Clustertruck is a cruel, brilliant joke of a game

  • MrTomFTW 29/09/2016

    I've watched the development of this on /r/gamedev. Good to see it's come together in a way that people are really digging. Reply +3
  • Advertising Standards launches investigation into No Man's Sky

  • MrTomFTW 28/09/2016

    Not as an attempt to absolve Hello Games or owt (because... while I'm one of the few that still really likes the game I acknowledge why people have an issue with it all) but does anyone else find it slightly uncomfortable or wrong how Sony are distancing themselves from this? Throwing them under the bus a bit there.

    Don't forget last year, then head of PlayStation UK Fergal Gara was all like "We're treating this as a first party title. Full weight of Sony behind it!", and were so happy to put them in important spots in their press conferences. Now suddenly now people are complaining Shu's all like "Fuck all to do with us, we only published the PS4 disk version. Blame Hello's PR!"
    Reply +152
  • How similar is Paladins to Overwatch?

  • MrTomFTW 27/09/2016

    @kinky_mong Yes, and that Paladin's name is "Spamzo". Reply 0
  • MrTomFTW 27/09/2016

    I'm gonna rock back to the 90's and claim that they're both Doom clones Reply +10
  • N64 emulator pulled from Xbox One store

  • MrTomFTW 27/09/2016

    Last I checked you could still technically use that NES emulator on the Xbox One - they had released a HTML 5 version, which obviously the XBO will run just fine through the Edge browser. ROMs could be loaded from your OneDrive, same as this N64 emulator.

    So maybe we'll see the same for this, who knows?

    edit: In fact, here's that NES emulator, hosted on itch.io - https://nesbox.itch.io/x1
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  • Watch Sunday's EGX 2016 sessions live

  • MrTomFTW 26/09/2016

    @carmagainagain
    I just missed it? Out of the endless counts of molestation on his part and you show me one video where even the presenter herself says "On first glance it looks like a bit of fun"?

    And out of all the points I put to you, that's the one you respond to? And even now that you have I fail to see what point you're making. That because Saville groped someone on camera, it's okay for Syndicate to have done what he's done? And for you to give him a platform? Is that what you're saying on top of the other unethical positions you're taking?

    Astounding.
    You're the one who keeps bringing Savile up. You're the one who seems determined to equate Syndicate with Savile (and KSI for good measure). I'm just illustrating that not only is it a false equivalence, but you don't actually know what you're talking about in relation to your own example.

    Astounding.

    And please, don't dramatise and overstate what I'm saying in order to push your case if you can't on moral grounds. I'm not "demanding" anyone be banned.

    ...

    I didn't attend EGX and nor did I buy a ticket for it.
    Well considering the amount of comments you've left across the site chastising and taking jabs at Eurogamer and EGX for Syndicate's appearance I must question what you see your end-game being? What's the result you're after? You say you didn't want his appearance cancelled. OK. But it can't be that you wanted EGX to stop advertising his appearance - because they did that immediately. It can't be that you were concerned that Eurogamer weren't reporting on the controversy - because they were. It wasn't that you were a paying customer or even a potential paying customer and felt wronged... So what then? Is the feeling of superiority from the constant remarks enough? Where do you go from here?

    In the end, Syndicate's appearance was confirmed right after the dates for this year's EGX were announced. He was straight in there. So I think EGX were left with two choices, and it really was one to take seriously -
    1) Cancel at such a late hour and not only deal with people complaining and wanting refunds (of which there were potentially hundreds) but also deal with the legal and ethical issues arising from that (advertising, total minefield) or
    2) Deal with a literal handful of people who cared enough to complain in the comments, the majority of whom had no intention of going in the first place.

    Look, honestly I do sympathise that you feel there's an ethical issue here. But it isn't a case of one option being ethical and one option being unethical. Both have ethical implications. You got out-weighed from not only a popularity stand-point but from a legal and ethical one as well I'm afraid.
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  • MrTomFTW 26/09/2016

    @carmagainagain
    Rubbish false-equivalences? What mature and well reasoned language
    Says the guy who's wringing his hands and LITERALLY writing "shame on you".

    Because I don't remember Jimmy Saville getting up to any of his nastiness on TOTP
    You just missed it.



    If you could cite some of the scandals in question (EA, Activision, Sony, Microsoft etc.) then we could debate them, but we'd firstly find out what your own threshold actually is.
    I'm not the one demanding someone be banned from the event. You first.

    I take it though from your reaction that you sold your EGX ticket on rather than attend?
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  • MrTomFTW 26/09/2016

    @carmagainagain Well first of all, unless I've missed something, Syndicate hasn't systematically molested children, abused corpses and raped women over a 40 year period while his actions were covered up by a large corporation. So please spare us your rubbish false-equivalences.

    Secondly, the difference between Syndicate and KSI of course is that KSI was actually sexually harassing people at EGX itself. Of course he got told to not come back!

    I'm also curious about what the threshold is for scandals - EA, Activision, Sony and Microsoft were at EGX this year despite having being involved is scandals themselves over the years. Is it a matter of severity or the amount of time passed for you? Or should they not re-appear at future EGX events?
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  • MrTomFTW 26/09/2016

    The question wasn't if his appearance was "acceptable" or if it was "unjustifiable". It was how well it went. And the answer is really well, no troubles and his stand was packed all four days, plus his twitch stream on Sunday was busy too. I couldn't get close! Reply 0
  • MrTomFTW 25/09/2016

    @carmagainagain Really well. Turns out he's incredibly popular. Reply -5
  • Blizzard reveals fix for Overwatch thumbstick acceleration control

  • MrTomFTW 26/09/2016

    @Hailst0rm Upvoted not because I necessarily agree, but because I feel sorry for you over the flak you're about to cop. Reply +2
  • Minecraft console editions finally get polar bears, beets and banners

  • MrTomFTW 26/09/2016

    Banners and beets and bears - OH MY! Reply -2
  • Pirates of the airwaves: How Sega won the hearts and minds of a generation

  • MrTomFTW 25/09/2016

    I had a Sega Pirate TV eye patch when I were but a boy. Got it from a Sega bus that was showing off Sonic The Hedgehog in a local park.

    Anyway, I remember Commodore trying to copy the general style of the Sega ads to advertise the CD32. Didn't really work though
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  • Games of EGX 2016

  • MrTomFTW 24/09/2016

    @Sideburns Yooka-Laylee IS fantastic.

    I've also really enjoyed Beasts of Balance (there's a video on the site from a few days back - go check it out), Battlezone on PSVR and an indie game from Different Cloth called Drive! Drive! Drive! I loved the concept of that one - the same race runs multiple times at the same time, and you have to keep your car in the lead in each race by switching between them on the fly.
    Reply +2
  • Yep, Hitler's in Sniper Elite 4

  • MrTomFTW 21/09/2016

    @spamdangled So what? My comment was this thing we call a joke, and it doesn't depend on it being factually accurate. It depends on people understanding the reference I'm playing on. Reply -1
  • MrTomFTW 20/09/2016

    Testicle shots on him will be twice as difficult. Reply +67
  • The Bunker review

  • MrTomFTW 21/09/2016

    I watched the Giant Bomb quick look of this, which without spoiling it for anyone else, has convinced me I need to buy it at some point.

    But my biggest take away from what I've seen so far is I can't believe how much that bunker looks like the corridors of my old high school :D
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  • Forza Horizon 3, the greatest racer in an age, studies the greats

  • MrTomFTW 20/09/2016

    MY XBOX IS READY Reply +15
  • Behold our Pokémon Go Plus competition winners

  • MrTomFTW 20/09/2016

    Yay for Noah! Reply +1
  • The Eurogamer Podcast #13: Ironman Bratt

  • MrTomFTW 20/09/2016

    I'm going to think of a question then instead of emailing it I'm going to find Chris at EGX and harangue and harass him until he agrees to answer it on the podcast.

    Seems like a productive use of my time.
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  • Pokémon Go streamer mugged live on camera

  • MrTomFTW 19/09/2016

    Hey there, if anyone has a hot take about crime rates of minority groups we suggest you start a blog. Eurogamer is not the place for it.

    Cheers.
    Reply +5
  • Steam dumps developer for being "hostile" to customers

  • MrTomFTW 17/09/2016

    Jim Sterling's "Best Of Greenlight" series won't ever be the same without them ;) Reply +9
  • Watch: 5 crappy Spectrum games based on classic British game shows

  • MrTomFTW 17/09/2016

    I had a Double Dare game for the Speccy. It also was shit. Reply +1
  • The space that isn't

  • MrTomFTW 17/09/2016

    One of the few things I remember about University (I graduated in 2001, give me a break - my memory isn't that good :D) is reading Jean Baudrillard and his philosophy of hyperreality. Basically the simulation of something that doesn't exist.

    Now really hyperreality is the blend of the real and of fiction until you can't tell which is which, and although the world of Deus Ex is entirely fake it is set in a real place - it is meant to represent the real.

    Anyway, I often think back to his work when I play games such as Deus Ex. One day we might not be able to tell the difference, and it'll be like we're visiting real world hyperreal places (like Disneyland or even the Trafford Centre).
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  • Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown playable on Xbox One

  • MrTomFTW 16/09/2016

    Oh good news! I'll have to get that installed then! Reply +3
  • Two 80s-inspired horror games that turn things a little bit Upside Down

  • MrTomFTW 15/09/2016

    @KujiGhost It even has the Spectrum loading noises when you first load the game up. Although rather abridged for obvious reason :)

    edit: Oh wait, just watched the trailer, that's what it shows hah!
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  • MrTomFTW 15/09/2016

    I'm actually surprised Ian Higton hasn't been all over The House Abandon, the Speccy obsessive that he is :D Reply +1
  • Recore review

  • MrTomFTW 15/09/2016

    @neosalad NEVA 4GET Reply +1
  • MrTomFTW 13/09/2016

    Recore, a spirited action adventure from a chaos of developers assembled by Microsoft Game Studios, is what was once known as a double-A game - sitting somewhere behind the big budget blockbusters and before indie was really a thing, they were games that made up for their lack of clout by a certain pluckiness. Games such as Psi-Ops and Metal Arms: Glitch in The System were standouts in the PS2 day when your local CEX would be full of such offbeat treasures; today, Recore stands almost entirely alone in lands as deserted as its own Far Eden.
    That actually makes me FAR more interested in the game. Lower budget game, bit of jank to it, but with it's own charm.
    Reply +56
  • Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 review

  • MrTomFTW 14/09/2016

    @7M7 Yeah, you HAVE to get the lead ghost of a train or you just bounce off. When you eat a train it's like a tiny cut-scene, it takes control away from you and switches camera angle for a second or two. Reply +4
  • MrTomFTW 14/09/2016

    Played this last night for about an hour and it really clicked with me. I played the first two games a whole lot, so I was pretty wary but so far so good.

    The thing that's irking me a bit though is when you collect a power pill you can ONLY eat a ghost train from the first ghost - you just bounce off any of the ghosts in the middle. So you end up trying to chase the head of the train around, bouncing off it's tail.
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  • Valve finally takes on Steam user review score manipulation

  • MrTomFTW 13/09/2016

    @blarty
    Or maybe, like the monstrosity that is Metacritic, developers shouldn't place so much stock and faith in the Steam Reviews system?
    Oh I wish. I'm sure as you've noticed the average user review is unhelpful trash.

    But it's an established fact at this point that as soon as the overall user score drops below "Positive" on Steam, sales drop off a cliff too. It'll hit the Early Access shite spammers hard, but it'll hit small indie devs trying to do things by the book just as hard too if they're unlucky.

    Still, with any luck Valve will do what Valve does and refine this somewhat. Fingers crossed.
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  • MrTomFTW 13/09/2016

    @nottorp Your reviews of those games would not be counted. Reply +5
  • Death Stranding is an action game with an open world

  • MrTomFTW 13/09/2016

    (we've heard whispers it uses the game engine behind Media Molecule's new game, Dreams)
    Sounds... appropriate.
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  • Sony Tokyo Game Show 2016 conference live report

  • MrTomFTW 13/09/2016

    @superfurry and playable at EGX next week I believe :D Reply 0
  • MrTomFTW 13/09/2016

    Death... Stranding? Reply +1
  • MrTomFTW 13/09/2016

    To be fair to orangelupa, the lady translating on the stream is clearly having a nightmare with Koj as well. Reply 0
  • MrTomFTW 13/09/2016

    Koj is here to save us all with naked Reedus and missing babies. Reply 0
  • MrTomFTW 13/09/2016

    Don't you just love Japanese game titles? They are the BEST. Reply 0
  • MrTomFTW 13/09/2016

    You'd think they'd still want to be telling people why they should be excited about VR though, and how PS is the place to be for it. Initial demand is one thing, but they need it to have legs. Reply 0
  • MrTomFTW 13/09/2016

    Hey, at least they're talking about VR. They've been awfully quiet on the subject considering the headset is out soon. Reply 0
  • MrTomFTW 13/09/2016

    Pop rock and school girls. Welcome to PSVR. Reply +1
  • MrTomFTW 13/09/2016

    This version of Guitar Hero looks FUCKING DOPE Reply 0
  • MrTomFTW 13/09/2016

    Summer Lesson, not Summer Love. Fucked that joke. Reply 0
  • MrTomFTW 13/09/2016

    To buy Summer Love in the UK you have to put your name on a list.

    No, not a pre-order list...
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  • MrTomFTW 13/09/2016

    @Samael_Blackwing I played that Dynasty Warriors that was on Xbox GWG last month for a few hours. They've really not improved. Reply 0
  • MrTomFTW 13/09/2016

    The Japanese take on VR looks exactly like what I expected. Reply 0