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  • Hearthstone soft-launches on iPad - out in the UK soon

  • Mugwum 03/04/2014

    New Zealand/Canada/Australia: I'm ready.

    Rest of world: I'm not ready.
    Reply +11
  • Editor's blog: New mobile site, guide content and more

  • Mugwum 14/02/2014

    Hey all. Yep, sorry about the loss of the conceal option for Popular Now and the edit comments bug. We forgot about the former (genuinely sorry!) and the latter has been hanging around for too long. We'll sort out both things.

    @BigDannyH I'd love to do it! I've been saying for ages I should... I just never seem to have the time. I'll try to correct that. You won't be that impressed if I do though - I only average 3 or 4 wins. :-)

    @dfunked Thanks :-)

    @Mun Looking at this is also on my 2014 to-do. I'm sorry if you're not having a good experience any more. I hope we can improve things over time without upsetting regulars. I don't see it as our job to stir things up - we can have a successful site without that.
    Reply +1
  • Blizzard nerfs Pyroblast and tweaks nine other Hearthstone cards

  • Mugwum 17/01/2014

    @Shikasama I think you're being pretty harsh about the story I've written, but obviously you're entitled to your view. Take care. Reply 0
  • Mugwum 17/01/2014

    @Shikasama No, not advertorial. In fact, I think weíre one of the only commercial gaming sites in the UK that doesnít do advertorial at this point. I believe it's important to be transparent about how we work, so if we ever did consider advertorial then I would make sure it was well signposted and people could decide whether they wanted to read it or not. Since it's not in our plans for Eurogamer at all, though, I wouldn't worry.

    As for why we sometimes go deeper on certain games (this post about Hearthstone and the story I did at the beginning of the week about FIFA TOTY in-forms are good examples), it's because theyíre things we play a lot and want to tell people about. However, we donít post about every little thing that happens. Iíve not felt there was any point reporting other recent Hearthstone patches or maintenance periods, for instance, but as Mola_Ram notes elsewhere on this thread, this is a significant patch that should alter the meta substantially. It also brings us another hint as to how soon we can expect the open beta, which felt relevant.

    I appreciate that covering some games more deeply than others may still look unbalanced, though, which is why I encourage our writers to try to tell stories about their favourite games that will make sense and be interesting to laypeople as well as hardcore fans. Thatís an ongoing goal, though, so I appreciate peopleís patience and feedback as we try things out.

    Final thing - Iím almost out of Hearthstone keys now but Iíve sent around a dozen to readers who have contacted me through the site since I first published this.
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  • Live: VGX 2013

  • Mugwum 08/12/2013

    @WeeDosh Check DM. Reply 0
  • Mugwum 08/12/2013

    @WeeDosh Did you get one to work? Reply 0
  • Mugwum 07/12/2013

    @MrTomFTW The video width was annoying me too so I fixed it. Sorry about that! Reply +1
  • Video: Five Launch Titles You've Probably Forgotten

  • Mugwum 21/11/2013

    Hey guys,

    Couple of quick things!

    First of all, I'm sorry that a few of you haven't enjoyed this series of videos. The goal was to do light-hearted retro content about console launches to tie in with the next generation of systems. They're not definitive lists (obviously) and I think the tone makes it obvious that they are fairly tongue-in-cheek. If you own any of the games or consoles featured and have taken their inclusion as a personal affront, please try to calm down.

    Second, this trend of personal abuse directed at Ellie on comments threads is going to stop now. Constructive criticism is fine - we welcome that - but "shut the fuck up Ellie" is not. This doesn't just go for Ellie, either - you don't get to say that to anyone, whether they're staff or another reader. Our comment policy is pretty basic but clear - behave yourselves or you'll get a warning and next time you'll be banned. This will be the only warning on this thread.

    On that note, the EG team has a lot of people on it these days and we all work together to decide on the kind of content we do. Ellie and Ian produced these videos, but I commissioned them and other people on the team suggested games and fed back, so directing complaints towards Ellie is also a bit misguided.

    This also feels like a good time to mention that we've recently made the labelling on video posts clearer - hence the "Video" prefix - because we don't want people to click through and find something they weren't expecting. If you don't like video content, hopefully this will help you avoid it. We still produce hundreds of reviews and features every year and it's not a zero sum game - we're doing videos as well as that, not instead of it.

    Oh, and thanks to those of you who did enjoy this video and took it in the spirit intended. We appreciate your feedback also.

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  • The Podcast: Batman, Assassin's Creed, and a happy Dontember!

  • Mugwum 07/11/2013

    I am very disappointed that nobody has offered any other additions to the Bramwellian calendar, although I accept that may be because nobody got that far into the podcast before ripping off their headphones in disgust.

    Anyway, I promised a Hearthstone key for the best suggestion, so in the absence of *any* suggestions I am just going to leave it here for somebody to redeem:

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  • Mugwum 07/11/2013

    @bobiroka This is quite possible! I had no special insight there. Reply 0
  • Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag review

  • Mugwum 29/10/2013

    @feistycheese There will be a DF current-gen face-off this week and we'll do a next-gen one as well, although that will take longer as we don't have next-gen code yet. Reply +6
  • Mugwum 29/10/2013

    @Max_Powers There are present day sections, as mentioned, but Desmond is more or less absent. Reply +9
  • Mugwum 29/10/2013

    @Starmick Answers!

    1) There are trees sprinkled around the towns and islands to support the free-running but nothing like the frontier section of AC3.

    2) I would say it's much tighter.

    3) You can do hunting on the islands as well to support the crafting, but it's pretty much optional. You can buy hunting supplies (e.g. animal skins) in shops if you prefer, although they're a bit pricey.
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  • Mugwum 29/10/2013

    @Golgo You can change outfits, some of which you unlock through the crafting system. I didn't look too closely at this part of the game though, so cannot confirm the presence or otherwise of parrots or Brian Blessed as an alternative dialogue option. Reply +3
  • Mugwum 29/10/2013

    @verynaughtyboy I played the whole thing on PS3 and it was generally solid, but there will be a Digital Foundry face-off later this week with the hard numbers and comparison videos. Reply +6
  • Batman: Arkham Origins review

  • Mugwum 25/10/2013

    @SuperSoupy Hopefully those thousands of people will decide to start with Arkham Asylum, which is what they should do. Context is king - we can't review games in a vacuum. Reply +3
  • Mugwum 25/10/2013

    @vert1go No, sorry. It's hyper busy at the moment for various reasons, so that one has been slightly delayed. It's coming though! Reply +1
  • Mugwum 25/10/2013

    @JeremyNSL Ah, that's not what I said. I said that it might be nice to have more ranged options given the way the game is designed, but it's obvious why they don't do that because it wouldn't be true to the character. Sorry it wasn't clear. Reply +9
  • Mugwum 25/10/2013

    @7M7 I would have given this game 7/10 anyway. As I said clearly at the end of the review, it lacks the spark of previous instalments. I couldn't give a toss whose name is on it. Reply +15
  • Mugwum 25/10/2013

    @JeremyNSL I've finished both previous Arkham games, love the films, have never been a comic book reader. I felt qualified. Sorry you disagree! Reply +9
  • Mugwum 25/10/2013

    @Triggerhappytel We're aiming to review Blackgate separately but didn't get code for it this week so it wasn't possible in time for launch. Sounds like a good way to do a handheld spin-off though, whether or not it delivers on that promise. Reply +1
  • Mugwum 25/10/2013

    @figaro7 I'm afraid they didn't send me the Wii U version, but Digital Foundry will try to put together a face-off soon. Reply +3
  • What are your most anticipated games of Q4?

  • Mugwum 21/08/2013

    Apologies for the absences! I've added Zelda 3DS and Rain.

    GTA isn't on there because it's out before the Expo, sorry!
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  • Crush review

  • Mugwum 11/07/2013

    Hello! This wasn't a social experiment - I forgot to add the score in the CMS and then I had meetings after lunch and went straight into an interview with a developer until the end of the day, so I only realised this had gone up without a score when Dan Whitehead emailed me about it just now. Whoops! I am an idiot. Hopefully you all guessed it was an 8/10 anyway :-) Reply +6
  • UK chart: BioShock Infinite soars to its third week on top

  • Mugwum 15/04/2013

    @null Hey Deionarra,

    Sorry you got an inappropriate link. We've flagged it up so it can be added to the blacklist.

    For those wondering, the "You may also like..." section is powered by Outbrain, which we're trialling as a way of handling related content (the first row of internal links) and paid links (the second row of external suggestions). We have the ability to block domains and topics if we're not happy with the content being displayed (for example, we've blocked all the UK tabloids to avoid sexist/hate-mongering rubbish) but some slip through and we have to deal with them once we see them or they're pointed out.

    Why have them at all, you might ask? For now it's an experiment. If we ultimately decide the balance is too hard to strike, or we just plain hate them, we'll get rid of them. But as our sales guys often have to turn down advert deals because I won't accept stuff like interstitials, advertorials or things that cover the whole frontpage content area by default (all pretty common on other gaming sites), when they find a passive and relatively benign way of bringing in extra cash I don't mind trying it. I still veto far more than I allow.

    Anyway, we appreciate your patience while we find the balance and we'll do our best to reduce the number of inappropriate or irrelevant links to as close to zero as possible.


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  • Hideo Kojima announces Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

  • Mugwum 27/03/2013

    Added some screenshots from the trailer. Reply +1
  • Mugwum 27/03/2013

    @Cjail Didn't see the spurs. Thanks! I knew someone would shout at me and you have delivered. Reply +9
  • Mugwum 27/03/2013

    @metallicorphan I was sure it was Ishmael who sounded like Kiefer Sutherland. Chris Donlan and I are both watching in the office and thought the same thing. Reply +1
  • The Hall of Heroes: BioShock Infinite's Fort Frolic?

  • Mugwum 27/03/2013

    @kinky_mong Maybe! My Twitter and Facebook feeds are full of people who have blasted through the game in a day, though, and I've been aching to talk about other aspects of the game. Plus, this will still be here for anyone who comes along later. Reply +22
  • So long, John Riccitiello

  • Mugwum 19/03/2013

    @Markitron Doh! Yep, sorry, good point. Corrected it. Reply +2
  • Sony sounds uncertain about European PS4 launch timing

  • Mugwum 21/02/2013

    @SaintDaveUK To be fair, I'm engaged to be married, but I think your sentiment describes my emotions and state of mind otherwise. Reply +26
  • Mugwum 21/02/2013

    @Spong Sorry, it's fucking 2am where I am. I resign. Reply +69
  • Sony tells Eurogamer: PlayStation 4 will not block used games

  • Mugwum 21/02/2013

    @KanePaws I think you are right in that he is only applying the point to physical media here and now, but I can understand that. The physical media covenant between consumer and publisher is what I meant when I talked about the moral obligation in my interview question - I think when the terms are different and understood, as they are with digital content, that is a different decision for both parties. There are still issues to navigate there, but they are not as clear cut as they are with boxed games. Reply +8
  • The War Z dev apologises to gamers who "misread" Steam page, hits out at "extreme DayZ fanboys"

  • Mugwum 19/12/2012

    Hey guys,

    I've been tied up with other things this week so only got a proper sense of the WarZ situation this morning. As soon as I did I spoke to our company sales director and he agreed to remove the ad campaign that's been running on the homepage.

    Reply +118
  • Eurogamer Readers' Top 50 Games of 2012 voting

  • Mugwum 11/12/2012

    I've added Super Amazing Wagon Adventure (almost wrote "Super Amazon Wagon Adventure" there - that would be a frustrating game) and War of the Roses, so if those are things you want to represent you can now do so. Thanks again for patience! Reply 0
  • Mugwum 06/12/2012

    Just added a few more that people spotted since this morning (Slender, etc). Thanks! Reply 0
  • Mugwum 06/12/2012


    Thanks to everyone who has voted so far and thanks if you've pointed out any lingering omissions/errors in the dropdown lists. Here's some amendments I just made:

    - Added Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
    - Removed KillerFreaks From Outer Space
    - Removed Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
    - Added The Testament of Sherlock Holmes
    - Added Punch Quest
    - Added Machinarium PS3
    - Added Thomas Was Alone
    - Added Colors! 3D
    - Added Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
    - Added Borderlands 2 DLC
    - Added Vessel
    - Added La-Mulana Remake
    - Added Resonance
    - Removed Double Fine Adventure lul

    Phew! Sorry about those. Basically, we produce this list by sucking all the games with 2012 dates attached to them from our database, which gives us hundreds of lines to go over. I trawl through and make sure all the stuff I can think of is there, but it's hard to spot everything at a glance, and sometimes our db is a bit behind real life.

    Anyway, if the changes made make you want to revise your submission, go ahead! We will pay attention to your final submission and ignore any others. And sorry for the inconvenience.

    P.S. I just glanced at the voting so far and it's pretty interesting! You have good taste :-)
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  • Mugwum 05/12/2012

    @Marrrfooo Haha! Don't worry - amending the voting list every year is a Christmas tradition I expect and budget time for :-) Reply +5
  • Mugwum 05/12/2012

    @Spong I've just tweaked the code so that if you only want to vote for one game it won't demand you vote for four others. Reply +2
  • Mugwum 05/12/2012

    @goldbug Added Black Mesa. Reply +1
  • Mugwum 05/12/2012

    @Tekkirai I think our database is a GameCube fan. Fixing :-) Reply +1
  • Mugwum 05/12/2012

    @Freelancepolice Added both. Thanks. Reply +1
  • Mugwum 05/12/2012

    @superfurry Yes! I've updated the listing to say LittleBigPlanet Vita. Reply +2
  • Mugwum 05/12/2012

    @nakedlunch Added! Reply +2
  • Mugwum 05/12/2012

    @Tekkirai Last Guardian removed :-) Reply +1
  • Mugwum 05/12/2012

    @-cerberus- Added! Reply 0
  • Mugwum 05/12/2012

    @The-Builder Ta! Removed. Reply 0
  • Mugwum 05/12/2012

    @CORIANA_SIX Each of the drop-down boxes on the voting form above should have a complete list of this year's releases. Reply +10
  • Happy Action Theater used in school for special needs students

  • Mugwum 10/11/2012

    The account posing as Emily Ford and posting abuse has been banned. Reply +2
  • UK dating site Shag a Gamer gives YouTube tips to virgin gamers

  • Mugwum 20/09/2012

    Hey guys,

    We've been talking about this story and the reaction to it on our internal mailing list overnight. I'm sorry it's taken until now to post something in response to everyone's complaints.

    Sometimes when we encounter something as self-evidently ridiculous, awful and depressing as Shag-A-Gamer, we look at it and think that it's sufficiently absurd to illustrate its own absurdity without needing any additional comment, so we just report it straight up and expect you guys to share the joke.

    We certainly don't endorse this "service". Nothing could be further from the truth. If I could pour all the people involved in this pathetic, exploitative nonsense into a volcano and then throw in a bunch of angry flame-resistant sharks to feast on whatever atoms are left over once they melt into nothing, then I would do that.

    However, the fact I'm having to come on here and point that out just goes to show that whatever original intent we had didn't translate into the published article. So I'm very sorry for anyone who was offended or disappointed by it. We won't be writing about this lot again unless there's a powerful reason to do so.

    I also just want to add that we do read lengthy comments threads like this and we aren't blind to negative feedback. The reason it sometimes takes us a while to sort ourselves our and respond is that we like to discuss things as a team and make sure we agree on a course of action before jumping in.

    Anyway, point very much taken.

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