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  • Codemasters responds to Grid Autosport £2.39 Boost Pack DLC criticism

  • Pasco_ 16/07/2014

    "it sells" is not an excuse, or a get out of jail free card, it's a tacit condemnation of your product.

    This pack would not exist if the game hadn't been designed to be a grind, the fact there is demand to pay to skip some of your game says it all really.

    Also, describing this as "content" is laughable. This is the sort of thing that used to be a cheat code.
    Reply +61
  • The International Dota 2 tournament down to final eight teams

  • Pasco_ 15/07/2014

    @wyp100 This link got eaten in my previous reply Reply 0
  • Pasco_ 15/07/2014

    @wyp100 Newbee are a 'Chinese' team, and some of there members have apparently* refused to practice against another 'Chinese' team DK, because* some members of DK are not Chinese (they have a Malaysian and a Singaporean as well as three Chinese players)., or Google "newbee racist" for what has become a total mess.

    *It's been a big discussion in the DOTA 2 community, and at this point the waters have been sufficiently muddied and enough tweets and facebook posts deleted that proving it is tough.
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  • Pasco_ 15/07/2014

    Newbee went from almost going out a 3 way elimination playoff (after placing very poorly in the Group Stage) to winning a place in the Upper Bracket and showing form that almost makes them favourites.

    It's a hell of an underdog story, and would win them a lot of support if some of their team members weren't so racist (actually, it will probably win them a lot of support anyway from people who don't know / care).
    Reply +2
  • Sigourney Weaver and original Alien cast to star in Alien: Isolation

  • Pasco_ 09/07/2014

    Alien Isolation looks like it'll be a great game, and this content also looks fantastic, but:

    Fuck pre-order 'bonuses'. They're anti-consumer exploitative bullshit designed to lock you in to an un-informed purchasing decision.

    I can't support them, so this announcement of fantastic content has actually made it much less likely I'll buy the game at launch. More likely I'll pick up the GotY version (which will hopefully have this included) on a Steam sale down the line.
    Reply +58
  • The real story behind The Sun's "Gaming as addictive as heroin" headline

  • Pasco_ 08/07/2014

    That The Sun and The Daily Mail are the two most read papers in the UK is enough to make you weep.

    Such utter rags, filled with lies and hate and fear, poisoning the minds of millions of people.
    Reply +21
  • "It's not historically accurate!"

  • Pasco_ 05/07/2014

    A shame to still see such hostility and defensiveness from the comments sections for these editorials.

    Still, they at least maintain the maxim that "the comments on any article about feminism justify feminism".
    Reply -28
  • Rob Pardo's legacy of steel

  • Pasco_ 05/07/2014

    Good luck to Mr. Pardo in whatever he chooses to do next. That man is at least partially responsible for a lot of aggregate joy in the world.

    A real-time strategy game enthusiast, Pardo joined Blizzard - then and still the preeminent developer in this genre
    Er, in no way are Blizzard "the pre-eminenet developer in the RTS genre".

    They certainly might have held that title for a time, roughly 1998 to 2003 when they release StarCraft, WarCraft 3 and their attendant expansions, but that was a long time ago.

    The idea that the disappointing StarCraft 2 and its even worse expansion brings them anywhere near eminence in the RTS world as it exists today is laughable.
    Reply +2
  • eSports organisation under fire for male and female-only tournaments

  • Pasco_ 02/07/2014

    Stuff like this puts all the other sexism stuff into context.

    The pervading culture of misogyny within the gaming community is what allows policies like this to go unnoticed and unquestioned. If there was a more general acceptance and welcome to gamers of all colours, creeds, genders, sexualities, etc. then something like this wouldn't have gotten beyond meeting number 1.

    "The IeSF, which is a Korean organisation set up to, in its own words, "promote eSport as a true sport beyond language, race and culture barriers". Member nations include a raft of European and Asian countries, but not the UK or the USA. It lists Valve, Blizzard, Bandai Namco and Capcom as its sponsors.
    Money talks. Time to hit these guys in the pocket by making sure their sponsors know about this sexist policy, and how utterly unacceptable it is to be associated with it.
    Reply +1
  • BioWare's first "fully gay" male party member in DAI

  • Pasco_ 01/07/2014

    @L0YD as opposed to Bioware's more usual mealy-mouthed bisexual efforts. Reply +1
  • Pasco_ 01/07/2014

    Nice that Bioware are moving on from their rather tired "playersexual" approach (that is, 'gay' NPCs actually had no defined preference, and were instead 'interested' in whichever gender you happened to be playing).

    Three cheers for diversity!
    Reply +13
  • How No Man's Sky stole the show at E3

  • Pasco_ 25/06/2014

    “The wording is we're doing a console debut on PS4,” says Murray. “The thing that that leaves open is a PC version.”

    Does that mean a PC version could arrive day and date with the PS4 No Man's Sky - or possibly even before? “If I'm honest, we're taking on quite a lot at the moment,” says Murray. “We're definitely coming to PS4. I would like to come to PC. Whether that arrives the same day - we're a small team!”
    No other game has ever seemed more perfect to go in Steam Early Access.

    If these guys don't throw this out half finished on PC 6-ish months before the PS4 release then I don't know what they're playing at, they might as well go into the street and start burning fivers.
    Reply -2
  • MSI Nightblade review

  • Pasco_ 22/06/2014

    Just buy a high-quality regular-ass PC tower, with regular-ass PC componenets and save yourself 1/3 to 1/2 of the price, and put that in your living room.

    Nobody is so space limited that this is impractical, modern PCs simply aren't that noisy, and if you actually care about the aesthetics of the thing you play games on then frankly I pity you.

    Of course even a compromised system like this smokes consoles, that's not even a question at this point, but you're paying over the odds for extremely marginal utility.
    Reply +1
  • Ending the Minecraft fantasy

  • Pasco_ 22/06/2014

    Anybody on the side of these money-grubbing, shyster server operators demanding the right to gouge people with pay-2-win bollocks needs to have their head seen to.

    Mojang could not have acted *more* reasonably, they just couldn't. They are so completely in the right that it almost defies defending, as there can be no reasonable complaint.

    Running a Minecraft server should not be your business, it should not pay for your life. Minecraft was not designed to put *your* kids through college, you are owed absolutely nothing from it.

    That Mojang would allow you to profit in any, tiny way from this should be seen as mana from heaven, a small miracle that you shouldn't question. Every other company under the sun would ban almost all of the things Mojang are allowing.
    Reply +10
  • Editor's blog: I am sexist

  • Pasco_ 19/06/2014

    @MrBiscuits But that's the point, we are all culpable.

    Sexism, Racism, Homophobia. These are societal problems.

    But society only exists as a collection of individuals. To fix a societal problem you have to 'fix' individuals.

    This stuff won't go away by itself, we have to work at it, everyone of us. And the first step along that long road is recognition.

    Without recognition there can be no solution.
    Reply 0
  • Pasco_ 19/06/2014

    @dirtysteve Yes you are! of course you are!

    The first step to solving a problem is to admit there is one.

    Unless you are some perfect being, some child of light untouched by human society, then you are all of those things.

    Recognise your failures. Demand better of yourself.

    If you try really hard, you'll still be a racist, sexist, homophobe. But maybe not as much as the person next to you who never admitted he was any of those things.
    Reply -4
  • Pasco_ 19/06/2014

    Great article Tom, and it articulates the same point that the amazing Panti Bliss made in her Noble Call:

    Never forget:

    We are all sexist. We are all homophobic. We are all racist.

    You might not mean to be any of these things, I hope you don't want to be any of these things, but you were brought up in a society that is all of these things.

    Recognise your shortcomings, recognise your internalised biases, recognise your thoughtless prejudice. Fight back. Fight back every second of every day. Better yourself, be better to other people.

    Don't dismiss people who try to educate you, don't dismiss people who tell you you're wrong, don't believe you are better than you are.

    I am sexist. I am homophobic. I am racist.

    You are sexist. You are homophobic. You are racist.

    It's not OK, but it is the truth. Do something about it.
    Reply -6
  • Tech Analysis: Grand Theft Auto 5 on PS4

  • Pasco_ 16/06/2014

    Perhaps we'll see the return of full-screen motion blur that was used in GTA 4 but removed from its sequel?
    Reply +17
  • Microsoft's confusing Xbox One cloud message shifts to dedicated servers

  • Pasco_ 16/06/2014

    Now Titanfall has released, the power of the cloud seems to have been something of a damp squib. It seems the cloud, in the short term at least, is about dedicated servers and how they make multiplayer gaming more seamless.
    No shit.

    While the cloud obviously offers dedicated server functionality, Azure offers the potential for much more and it doesn't look as though Microsoft has changed its plans there.

    We've only seen a hint of what's possible so far beyond multiplayer gaming with Drivatars and Titanfall's grunt AI. The Crackdown prototype is a great example of what the cloud should excel at - offloading complex calculations away from the host console, where the additional 100ms or so latency to and from the datacentre won't unduly impact gameplay.

    "The Cloud" was a marketing gimmick start to finish. There will never be a game on Xbox One that significantly benefits from cloud computing, at least not in any way removed from the benefits seen by using dedicated servers, or the kind of MMO mob style dumb "AI" of Drivatars or Titanfall Grunts.

    It is a myth, a fabrication, a lie that "The Cloud" will ever graphically enhance an Xbox One title.
    Reply +3
  • Podcast E3 Special!

  • Pasco_ 14/06/2014

    Splatoon is not a MOBA, and I have no idea how you could mistake it for one, when it is clearly an arena FPS.

    It shares nothing in common with the MOBA genre as it is usually defined (lanes, towers, creeps, etc.), while sharing everything in common with the arena FPS as usually defined.

    Just because MOBAs are flavour of the month doesn't mean everything has to be shoehorned into the genre. The same thing was happening with Roguelikes, until we got past the point of "Roguelite-likes" insanity and everyone backed off.
    Reply +1
  • Assassin's Creed Unity is a backward step for progressive games

  • Pasco_ 12/06/2014

    Thanks for fighting the good fight EG, it's just a shame the majority of your readership aren't yet enlightened enough to appreciate it. Reply +2
  • Was there really a Watch Dogs graphics downgrade?

  • Pasco_ 08/06/2014

    The key question, though, which is a corollary to ones about a graphical downgrade but is often left unspoken, is whether a graphical downgrade was part of a deception - whether Ubisoft put out better-looking demos at E3 2012 and the PS4 reveal because it knew that it would fuel more pre-orders. And for us, the answer to that one is probably no.
    Of course it is, because there is no way you could accuse a major publisher of intentionally deceiving consumers without said major publisher retaliating against you.

    The original Watch Dogs reveal was a lie. You can sugar coat it however you like, but it was a fabrication.

    Now, why ever would Ubisoft want to create a faked demo, if not to hype up consumers into pre-ordering their new IP? What reason could they have for putting in such obvious effort, if not to recoup that money somehow?
    Reply +6
  • FIFA 15 on PC has all the Ignite Engine bells and whistles

  • Pasco_ 06/06/2014

    FIFA on PC has for some time now lagged behind the console versions when it comes to features and, crucially, the game engine itself.
    Er, I guess 2 years is "some time", but FIFA 14 was the only recent version to not have parity between the PC and console releases, and certainly the only version that had a different game engine.

    Glad to see Ignite is coming to PC, but this is a return to form rather than some grand new development, EA pissed a lot of PC gamers of last year with their shite about PCs not being able to run Ignite.
    Reply +2
  • Layoffs hit Eve Online studio CCP

  • Pasco_ 05/06/2014

    So, CCP buying White Wolf turned out just spiffingly, didn't it? Reply 0
  • Would you believe that EA Sports is making FIFA 15?

  • Pasco_ 05/06/2014

    Can EG get EA to confirm whether the PC version will be at parity with the console versions or not?

    Their bullshit with 14 about PCs not being able to handle the Ignite engine was heinous, so hopefully PC will get the real deal this time.
    Reply +7
  • Dust to dust: How Project Legion is eclipsing Dust 514

  • Pasco_ 05/06/2014

    The future of being a mercenary in this universe is on PC.
    Just as it always should have been.

    Releasing Dust 514 on anything other than PC was a mistake and destined to fail. The EvE audience is on PC, the PC audience is the most likely to respond positively to an FPS that does things differently, so putting Dust on consoles was always, always dumb.

    Glad that CCP have finally come to their senses, let's hope Legion lives up to what Dust should have been.
    Reply -1
  • Amazon lists next-gen Mortal Kombat 10

  • Pasco_ 02/06/2014

    Fueled by next-gen technology
    Like the 360 and PS3?

    Cross-gen disappointment is going to continue for a while, and as a PC gamer I couldn't be more sad that games will continue to be held back.
    Reply +8
  • Company of Heroes dev reckons it's solved the RTS on console problem

  • Pasco_ 02/06/2014

    The "RTS on console problem" is that the audience for RTS on consoles is much smaller than the audience on PCs, so not sure how they plan on solving that.

    Seriously, who buys a console thinking "pwhoar, can't wait to play some RTS on this!"? It is a market segment that doesn't exist, so doesn't need serving.

    If you want to make or play an RTS, stick to the PC, everyone will be happier.
    Reply +5
  • Do higher frame-rates always mean better gameplay?

  • Pasco_ 01/06/2014

    Do higher frame-rates always mean better gameplay?

    This article is stuck in the pathetic 30fps vs 60fps consolised bullshit spectrum, mealy mouthed quibbling at the shallow end of the pool.

    60fps should be a starting point, not some unattainable holy grail. Why no examination of the benefits of 120fps or 240fps?
    Reply -8
  • FIFA World beta review

  • Pasco_ 30/05/2014

    Had no idea this even existed.

    Will definitely have to give it a shot.
    Reply +1
  • The next Hitman has a building larger than any location in Hitman Absolution

  • Pasco_ 28/05/2014

    They've been saying all the right things since Absolution came out, so let's hope we're finally getting a true and worthy successor to Blood Money. Reply +4
  • Digital Foundry vs Mario Kart 8

  • Pasco_ 24/05/2014

    That's weird, I'm sure I heard somewhere that it was 1080p/60, and I'm sure it wasn't Forbes Reply +27
  • CTF will return to Titanfall PC following player complaints

  • Pasco_ 24/05/2014

    "but as players pointed out; playing is preferred to not playing at all"
    How out of touch do you need to be that players have to point this out to you?

    I sometimes wonder if 'AAA' devs even play games anymore.
    Reply +4
  • Tomodachi Life will come with codes for two free trial versions

  • Pasco_ 21/05/2014

    Unfortunately, the codes can only be given to people of the opposite sex. Reply -1
  • How Firaxis is building its Civilization: Beyond Earth

  • Pasco_ 20/05/2014

    It won't be as good as Alpha Centauri, and that's OK, because it still might be a very good game.

    Just got to stay grounded and not set unrealistic expectations.
    Reply 0
  • Sunset Overdrive's respawns: should more games rethink the little things?

  • Pasco_ 19/05/2014

    I want my respawning to be as painless and instant as possible.

    All of these 'funny' little scenes will get boring by the 3rd time, and annoying by the 5th, downright insulting by the 10th.

    Wanna know which games have the best respawns? Super Meat Boy, Trials, Unreal Tournament.

    Wanna know which ones have the worst? Too Human, Prey.

    Guess which Sunset Overdrive looks closest to.
    Reply 0
  • Layoffs hit Rare following Kinect Sports Rivals flop

  • Pasco_ 19/05/2014

    Microsoft and EA continue to battle it out over who can kill the most beloved studios.

    EA still has a big lead, but Microsoft are showing the kind of long term planning that means they'll be killing off classic developers for years to come.

    Reply +8
  • The end of gimmicks?

  • Pasco_ 17/05/2014

    Kinect failed on its merits. Bottom line, it just wasn't very good at what it wanted to do.

    VR will be the same. If it delivers amazing experiences it will do well, if it doesn't then it won't.

    Calling things 'gimmicks' is just intellectual laziness, an easy way to dismiss novel failures while ignoring novel successes. Novelty is not a negative, change is not inherently bad.

    Kinect wasn't a gimmick, it was just shit.
    Reply +5
  • Why Xbox One's ambitious media strategy failed

  • Pasco_ 17/05/2014

    ...there's the sense that Microsoft is finally listening.
    No, there's the sense that Microsoft realises it is getting its ass kicked and is scrabbling around desperately for anything to stop The One being an absolute bomb.

    If they had been listening, this decision would have been taken before release, which takes me to:

    In hindsight, packing in Kinect and making media integration central to the Xbox One proposition looks like an awful mistake.
    There is absolutely no need for hindsight here. The vast majority of people could (and in fact tried to) tell that Microsoft's plans were going to fail spectacularly.

    Most people didn't want Kinect forced on them. Most people didn't want TV TV TV. They wanted a games console, a true successor to the wildly successful Xbox 360.

    Microsoft screwed the pooch, completely forseeably. They don't deserve the benefit of the doubt this article gives them.
    Reply +32
  • Microsoft announces Halo 5: Guardians for Xbox One

  • Pasco_ 16/05/2014

    Wonder how cheap the Xbox One will have gotten by Fall 2015? Reply -2
  • Super Time Force review

  • Pasco_ 14/05/2014

    Can't wait for the PC version! Reply 0
  • Time-stopping action puzzler Superhot launches Kickstarter

  • Pasco_ 14/05/2014


    A genuinely original idea in the FPS genre, will miracles never cease! Let's hope this gets mega-funded.
    Reply +4
  • Microsoft and publishers talking Kinect-less Xbox One performance boost

  • Pasco_ 14/05/2014

    Well, it's just like we knew all along:
    Reply +35
  • Confirmed: Watch Dogs PS4 900p, Xbox One 792p, both 30fps

  • Pasco_ 13/05/2014

    "Resolution is a number, just like framerate is a number"
    Whoa, like, that's deep man...

    But seriously, this is pathetic.
    Reply +12
  • Microsoft to sell Xbox One without Kinect for £349

  • Pasco_ 13/05/2014

    Oh my GOD.

    This new much cheaper version isn't out until June 9th.

    They have just KILLED their sales for the next month.

    Champagne corks popping over at Sony right now.
    Reply +91
  • Pasco_ 13/05/2014

    "[A Kinect-less Xbox One] is not in our plans at all, as we've said from the very beginning, we believe Kinect is an absolutely integral part of the Xbox One experience."
    Good riddance to bad rubbish.
    Reply +32
  • Nintendo refuses to allow same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life

  • Pasco_ 10/05/2014

    @Nikanoru Nintendo have apologised and put out an updated statement.

    Even *they* agree that their original statement wasn't appropriate. If so many people took the 'wrong' meaning from their original statement, that's a problem in itself.

    I hope that since Nintendo themselves have felt the need to make their stance clear, that you can see why so many people were angry about the original botched response.
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  • Pasco_ 08/05/2014

    @vert1go "As a "straight" male who couldn't care less and has plenty of gay/lesbian friends...

    Everything I have just said there is irrelevant."

    Of course it isn't irrelevant.

    You're straight, so this game, along with vast swathes of society, caters exclusively to you. You are insulated from the issue, so don't care about it. Understandable, but sad.

    "It is Nintendo's game. A game. That is all it is meant to be. It isn't making a statement one way or another."

    Yes it is their game, but it is also making a statement. There is no neutral position here. You are either pro-equality or you aren't. This game, and based on their statements Nintendo themselves, are not pro-equality.

    "Gone Home for example doesn't "allow" me to play a "straight" protagonist and "forces" me to play as a female and relate to a story primarily about a same sex female relationship."

    That's apples and oranges. Gone Home is a narrative experience, designed to tell a particular story from a particular perspective. Tomodachi life is marketed as a life simulator, with the tag line "Your Friends, Your Drama, Your Life". I went to the website, and the first thing I saw was the phrase "Hit the beach with your crush".

    Relationships are a big deal in the game, exclusively heterosexual relationships. That is fucked up.
    Reply -5
  • Pasco_ 08/05/2014

    As a gay dude, it would have been nice to have same-sex relationships included in a game where relationships play such a huge role, but it wasn't such a big deal.

    What is a big deal is the response from Nintendo, suggesting the inclusion of such relationships would be "social commentary". I am not social commentary, my loving, caring relationships are not social commentary.

    The response from Nintendo citing "social commentary" ironically took the absence of same-sex relationships from "oversight" territory, and firmly into "social commentary" itself.

    A purposeful failure to acknowledge reality, in favour of a "playful alternate world" "intended to be a whimsical and quirky" which totally excludes LGB individuals, can now not be seen as anything other than homophobic.
    Reply +1
  • Activision to spend $500m getting Destiny off the ground

  • Pasco_ 06/05/2014

    Absolute madness.

    Another nail in the traditional AAA coffin, figures like these show it's no longer a sustainable business.
    Reply +10