MrTomFTW Comments

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  • Video: Games with awful product tie-ins

  • MrTomFTW 02/07/2015

    /pizza Reply 0
  • Zen Studios brings Paul Rudd to pinball in Ant-Man

  • MrTomFTW 02/07/2015

    Oh no, Jeff you sound like my wife. Ever since she saw the Ant Man trailer it's all Clueless, Clueless, Clueless.

    Or maybe she's just insulting me... I can't tell.
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  • The Taken King is the expansion Destiny has been waiting for

  • MrTomFTW 01/07/2015

    @SonicUk I don't think those two things are mutually exclusive though. You can be critical of the business practices and yet still see worth in the product.

    And I think saying "the dlc is so good it doesnt matter you are being ripped off anymore" is misrepresenting Tom's opinion somewhat by phrasing it far more harshly than he ever did. Especially towards the 40 price.
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  • MrTomFTW 01/07/2015

    @SonicUk But again, a preview *is* one guy's opinion, a preview is essentially an opinion piece. They always have been. You should be treating them as such.

    If you disagree with the opinion expressed in a preview (or review) then I'm in full support of that. My entire position has been with people who treat it as if it isn't just an opinion and are suggesting that there's bias or paid for advertising going on here because of it.
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  • MrTomFTW 01/07/2015

    @SonicUk Alright, well let me put up a couple of points that I hope we can both agree with:

    a) Reviews are meant to assist with the decision of whether or not to buy a product (a buyers guide then if you will).
    b) That reviews are the subjective opinion of the writer

    I think where this falls down for a lot of people is that they are aware of a), but not taking b) into consideration, and are reacting in a hostile manner if they feel the review doesn't match their preconceived notions or doesn't conform to "other reviews" (i.e. the metacritic average).

    When really reviews can only ever be a person's opinion, that opinion is only as valid as anyone else's - the only difference is that (hopefully) the reviewer is better at expressing that opinion than most people.

    Furthermore, this tendency as I see it where some people treat everything and every opinion as extremes is also harmful to the above process. After all, it's possible to be a fan of something and still recognise and be critical of things you don't like about it. Thus this preview, and it's relation to the interview last week.
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  • MrTomFTW 01/07/2015

    @zzkj Still though, it was 429, and was heavily criticised over the price. Especially in comparison to the PS4. At the time you could objectively look at it and say "that is not great value" and still subjectively think the value proposition was worth it.

    People are funny like that.
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  • MrTomFTW 01/07/2015

    @zzkj But again, people may look at that fact and still buy it because it still meets their own arbitrary line of what they think is value regardless of that "fact".

    Believe me, I know all about that - I bought an Xbox One on launch day. The fact is that was expensive, I still made that decision that that value was there for me!
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  • MrTomFTW 01/07/2015

    @SonicUk Then you're completely misunderstanding me, because I haven't said anything of the sort.

    I have gone to great pains to make very clear that my entire position is that people need to stop taking writer's opinions as a binary extreme, that they can only express their own opinions, and that they don't write to guess at the "average reader's" opinion. I haven't even mentioned whether or not it's "OK" to state the value of a game or DLC in a review. Just that the concept of value is subjective which is not the same thing at all!

    edit:
    I agree entirely value is subjective, but on that basis perhaps you shouldn't publish reviews either for the same reason, or write them differently so as to avoid recommending or not recommending at the end of it. I still say "recommend" "avoid" etc is wrong (as again its entirely subjective) and have been doing so since you ditched the scores (yay) and replaced them with blanket statements (same bloody thing).
    Again, what do you think reviews are? I think you seriously need to re-examine what you think reviews are for. The whole point of reviews is that they ARE entirely subjective. You can't say "recommend" or "avoid" is wrong. You can't say 6/10, 8/10, 10/10 is wrong because they're all subjective opinions. That's the reason scores were dumped - because people were treating them as some sort of objective metric.
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  • MrTomFTW 01/07/2015

    @zzkj Because saying the interview "proved" anything isn't quite accurate. It's still very possible a lot of people will look at that price, know all about it being $40, and go "eh, still worth it".

    $40 = 40 is objectively a bad thing. But people may subjectively still think there's value there. This is not a zero sum situation :)
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  • MrTomFTW 01/07/2015

    @zzkj Yes, but consider what Eurogamer's reach is compared to the breadth of Destiny's audience.

    In fact consider the reach of the whole of the written gaming press, all the bloggers, all the YouTubers etc to Destiny's customer base. There's SO many people out there who buy these games and don't engage with these sites at all.

    We know the insulting price conversion is happening because we're reading these sites, but they can't reach what may be the majority of customers.
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  • MrTomFTW 01/07/2015

    @SonicUk I've been quite clear on this. I am not saying "you don't want to skew either side of the line". A review is one person's opinion. The line, bell curve, whatever you want to call it does not come into it at all. Forget the line. If you are reviewing/previewing a game and taking that into consideration then you are doing it wrong.

    What I am saying is that as a reader, if you are taking a review or preview as a representation of a writer who is trying to write for the reader's opinion rather than his or her own then you need to reassess what you believe reviews and previews are.
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  • MrTomFTW 01/07/2015

    @SonicUK
    If you truely believe that (which I doubt) perhaps then you shouldn't publish reviews either, because everyone has a different opinion on what is value for money and will skew either side of that line and all that /sarcasm.
    I'm sorry, that makes no sense. Are you suggesting you see reviews as something other than one person's opinion?

    Also, I could show you some pretty expensive wheels :D
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  • MrTomFTW 01/07/2015

    @MaxiSleep I'm not saying that at all. I'm saying the bell curve exists but it's useless trying to follow it because it is only an average that won't actually represent most of your readers because so few of them will actually sit on that curve. Most will sit either side.

    Especially when you're just presenting your own opinion, which statistically speaking won't be on that bell curve either!

    Not to mention there's no way to accurately draw a bell curve of opinions, in these circumstances at least, you can only take a best guess as to what the curve would be. Which in turn is coloured by your own opinion again...

    If you are taking previews or reviews as anything other than one person's opinion, then you are approaching them entirely wrong. They will never EVER be a representation of what the writer thinks other people will think... Because it's not possible and anyone attempting to do so is kidding themselves.
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  • MrTomFTW 01/07/2015

    @SonicUk
    where money is concerned you need to draw a line in the sand somewhere and make an estimated guess over what the average reader will deem to be value or not
    Well... No. Because to do so is an absolute folly. The average reader is an abstract concept, and the reality is most people will skew either side of that supposed average, most often quite harshly.

    Same with reviews too, you shouldn't be treating them as saying "this is what the average reader will think". They are what the reviewer thinks as an individual, do not take them as a guess as to the mindset of others, because they're not. They cannot be.
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  • MrTomFTW 01/07/2015

    @SonicUk Because as I say value is subjective. You cannot tell people if they will find something to be worth the money. You can only tell them if you find it worth the money. Tom clearly has his reservations as represented in the interview last week, but reading this preview he's found worth there. Again people seem to want either an extreme best thing ever/worst thing ever opinion and reject any shades of grey, which is what we have here.

    You personally say it's a sliver of content for 40 and not worth it when you can buy a full game... I agree. Neither of us have the right to tell anyone who doesn't 100% agree with that that they are wrong or are shilling/doing damage control. It's conspiratorial nonsense, and does nothing but make you look daft.

    As for the 40 = $40 thing... Yeah it's grade A bullshit, but sadly it's been proven time and again people will buy it anyway. After all your average customer won't know how much it is in US, and I suspect if questioned the publisher will give some bumf about sales tax differences.
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  • MrTomFTW 01/07/2015

    @penhalion Based on an individuals opinion, obviously.

    Look, if your (or anyone's) argument is "I think 40 for this expansion is unreasonable" then I'm right there with you. If your argument is "I think 40 for this expansion is unreasonable and anyone suggesting otherwise is wrong and biased/paid" then all you're going to get an eye roll.

    You can't tell someone that they will or will not find something worth the money. Value is subjective.
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  • MrTomFTW 01/07/2015

    @riceNpea Yeah, fair enough. It's just something that's really irked me about the gaming community for a long time now. Everything is either the best thing ever, or literally worse than Hitler and God forbid anyone that either goes against the current vocal opinion, or even says "well I agree but this part of it is good/bad". Because then it's a cavalcade of cries of "shill!" "paid for!" and "bias!" Reply 0
  • MrTomFTW 01/07/2015

    @riceNpea So what this boils down to is that people don't like that Tom has enjoyed what he's seen of this expansion because it doesn't fit in with their perceived view of the game? And said view is being magnified and whipped up into a frenzy, a circle-jerk if you will, because it's the current cool thing to bash Destiny, with no consideration for the fact that there's clearly people out there that DO find this value for money?*

    Basically someone has written his opinions about what he both likes and dislikes about the expansion. Everyone seemed so keen to figuratively fellate Tom over that interview last week because it was critical, that price is pretty bullshit (IMO) and not only that but let's all bash Bungie and Activision because they're the bad money-grabbing Man and fuck the Man; but God forbid he says "the actual game is good" because then he's automatically gamer enemy number one again. Yet there seems to be no appreciation that opinions can be something other than extreme binaries.

    *I mean, I wouldn't pay 40 for this, sod that, but I'm not judging anyone who would!
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  • MrTomFTW 01/07/2015

    @Brave27heart Are you (and everyone else it seems) forgetting that Tom was the guy who interviewed Luke Smith and gave him a hard time over the pricing of the expansion just last week?

    The price point has not been skimmed over, it has been given more than one article dedicated to it on this site by Tom himself!
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  • MrTomFTW 01/07/2015

    @unclemonkey is not wrong. The EG mobile site doesn't state if an article is a preview.

    This wouldn't happen with portable view!
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  • MrTomFTW 01/07/2015

    It's almost as if Tom Phillips thinks the price of the expansion and some of the shit surrounding how it's being sold (like the emojis) is bad, but the actual content of the expansion is actually decent; and that these two opinions are not mutually exclusive.

    WEIRD.
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  • There are official Thomas Was Alone action figures now

  • MrTomFTW 01/07/2015

    @ZuluHero - I think the punchline is that they exist AT ALL :) Reply +1
  • MrTomFTW 01/07/2015

    I suspect the price is part of the joke, before anyone says anything about it :) Reply +12
  • Sony: PS4 market share "frequently greater than 90 per cent in continental Europe"

  • MrTomFTW 30/06/2015

    "Great kid, don't get cocky." Reply +58
  • Nolan North: "I know they're doing The Last of Us 2"

  • MrTomFTW 30/06/2015

    The Last Of Us 2: Lost in New York Reply 0
  • MrTomFTW 30/06/2015

    The More Of Us?
    Not Quite The Last Of Us?
    The La2t Of Us?
    Last Of Us 2: Fungal Boogaloo?
    Reply +87
  • EU PlayStation Plus games now update first Tuesday of each month

  • MrTomFTW 29/06/2015

    In this thread: People who can't recognise a rib towards a friend when they see one :D Reply +21
  • Video: Why you might like to play Her Story

  • MrTomFTW 29/06/2015

    You've somehow managed to expand upon "Because it's fecking awesome" over six and a half minutes :D Reply +1
  • Her Story makes game narratives personal - and that feels like the future

  • MrTomFTW 27/06/2015

    @TarickStonefire Haha, that was my wife's reaction when I tried to explain it too. Reply 0
  • DICE: why Star Wars Battlefront AT-ATs are on-rails

  • MrTomFTW 25/06/2015

    Bah, don't you just hate it when PR people shut down interviews like that. They might has well have ushered Ingvarsdottir out of the room at that point, it wouldn't have affected the rest of the interview any. Reply +18
  • Warner suspends Batman: Arkham Knight PC sales

  • MrTomFTW 25/06/2015

    @jamyskis1981 Fair point. Could well be Game just "playing it safe" then I suppose. Either way, the difference is that it was the publisher that pulled Arkham Knight, which was not the case for the others IronSoldier mentioned. Reply 0
  • MrTomFTW 25/06/2015

    @IronSoldier Because it was the publisher's decision to pull the game from Steam. Meaning anyone buying the game wouldn't be able to register it and play, even if they have the disk.

    The publisher did not take this action in the case of the other three games you mentioned.

    You don't have to be fine investigative journalist to work that one out.
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  • MrTomFTW 25/06/2015

    brb, just pulling the game from sale...

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  • Video: ABZ is a Journey under the sea

  • MrTomFTW 25/06/2015

    Great. Now I've got Under The Sea going around in my head. My daughter watches that film a little too often... Reply +1
  • Her Story review

  • MrTomFTW 25/06/2015

    @Bertie
    It took me a while to warm to her performance - there were moments I felt like I could see her 'working'.
    And then you realise it's not necessarily because of the actress, it's because Hannah is lying. :)

    edit: No? Does no-one else feel that it's because Hannah is "working" the interviewer by lying? There's an awkwardness in parts that feels very deliberate.
    Reply -17
  • MrTomFTW 25/06/2015

    I've only found the time to play this for 20 minutes so far, but there's something a little unsettling about watching the clips already. I can't say why without spoiling things though :) Reply +3
  • It gets worse - Batman: Arkham Knight on PC lacks console visual features

  • MrTomFTW 24/06/2015

    @unclemonkey I hope you've got it out of your system now. Reply -3
  • MrTomFTW 24/06/2015

    Oof, I hope Dave Lang changed his number after it was tweeted out during the last of Giant Bomb's E3 live shows. I imagine he'll be getting some very angry calls about this otherwise. Reply +16
  • Wii U exclusive Splatoon fires past 1m sales worldwide

  • MrTomFTW 24/06/2015

    @LLJaf - not in the slightest. I own a Wii U and the game myself. I was just making an obvious joke. Reply -6
  • MrTomFTW 24/06/2015

    Wow, that's nearly every person who bought a Wii U!

    (Sorry, couldn't resist)
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  • Limited edition Forza 6 Xbox One makes car noises when you turn it on

  • MrTomFTW 24/06/2015

    In other news I'm going to be the owner of TWO Xbox Ones ;)

    Also the way you've got "vroom" written in quotes like that for some reason makes me think it's just someone saying "vroom" in a really dispassionate tone every time you touch the button.
    Reply +10
  • Rocksteady and "external PC development partner" investigating Batman: Arkham Knight performance issues

  • MrTomFTW 23/06/2015

    I'm certain "Oranges" was not a typo :) Reply +47
  • Face-Off: Payday 2: Crimewave Edition

  • MrTomFTW 23/06/2015

    @OnlyJoeKing We are talking about the same PSN here right? The PlayStation "Down for maintenance" Network? Reply +3
  • Xbox One weekly Japan sales hit new all-time low

  • MrTomFTW 22/06/2015

    Why Microsoft keeps trying in Japan I don't know, they haven't shown any interest since the OG Xbox and there's no signs that they will ever care.

    They could get exclusive rights to Monster Hunter and Dragon Quest and it'd still sell like crap over there. They just don't give a toss about Xbox.
    Reply +7
  • Urban Chaos: Riot Response was Rocksteady's pre-Batman crime crackdown

  • MrTomFTW 21/06/2015

    Huh, I saw this in the local Oxfam yesterday. If I had realised it was a Rocksteady game I would have picked this up out of curiosity. Reply +4
  • Don't hold your breath for PS4 backwards compatibility

  • MrTomFTW 19/06/2015

    Tech challenges aside, if they did manage to get backwards compatibility working on the PS4 that would kill PS Now's revenue stream. So you've got no chance. Reply +71
  • Dota 2 Reborn in Source 2 engine

  • MrTomFTW 18/06/2015

    @asphaltcowboy I hope we can get some games in together now it's been updated, it's been too long since I've played Dota 2! Reply +1
  • Shenmue 3 returns, but has it already been left behind?

  • MrTomFTW 18/06/2015

    Spot on article. Hell of an announcement, but Shenmue has built up such a cult over the years, and people have got so hyped over this kickstarter that we really need to temper ourselves back down a little bit. There can be only disappointment otherwise.

    Not to mention that it's going to be a good few years before we see this!
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  • Nintendo's painful metamorphosis leaves fans reeling

  • MrTomFTW 17/06/2015

    Personally I like the look of the new Metroid game. It's been far too long since they gave the N64 any love. Reply +11
  • Microsoft announces native Xbox One-360 back compatibility

  • MrTomFTW 15/06/2015

    I chuckled at their little shot at Sony - "We won't charge you" Reply +30