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  • Nintendo NX is a portable console with detachable controllers

  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @grassyknoll

    As I said in the forum ages ago this is the dream Nintendo platform. 1. No more separate handheld or home console games, so now they can make far more games which reduces droughts. 2. In turn that allows them to make more diverse software. 3. Low cost of entry. 4. And now we know we can play it at home on the big screen or on the go.

    This honestly has the potential to be Nintendo's best platform in their history. People are focusing on meaningless numbers instead of thinking of all the positives NX has for Nintendo as a game creator & publisher.
    Yes!

    The DS players can play the same Monster Hunter grind home and away, 24/7, and the Wii players can start a MarioKart party anywhere, anywhen.

    Neither of these things are me, but both of them sound more exciting than a fourth format to play Assassin's Creed on.

    Neither of these things are a lot of other people too, but they seem inexplicably upset about it.
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @Sober-Si

    When did I EVER say it was the hardcore market? I said it was successful, sold a ton of games (not just fitness apps), and didn't rely on the big AAA western publishers.

    Their handhelds play to a slightly different market, are successful, sell a ton of games, and also don't rely on the big AAA western publishers.

    This will play to both markets, and hence still won't need the big AAA western publishers. It'll go with the same mix of family friendly and Japanese hardcore that they always have, and that the western pubs can't do.

    All I have on here is people telling me no-one wants a cheap, casual home console and the Wii selling 100m was a fluke, and no-one has room in their pocket for a dedicated game console and the 3DS selling 60m is an accident. If you don't have Mass Effect, you're dead!

    Well, history disagrees with you, and current events also disagree with you.

    Srsly, how is this controversial? As grassyknoll keeps saying, just because this isn't aimed at you doesn't mean it's wrong or doomed or needs to change to court the big AAA western publishers that you like. Nintendo has NEVER been about them!!! Those publishers have tried hard and failed repeatedly on these formats!!!

    That's not fanboyism. These aren't my formats! It's just observation.
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @jamster126 ...more trolling.

    ^that.
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @jamster126 ...more trolling.

    (This could be a long rally)
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @Sober-Si

    Lol. Is today international make shit up day? Look at the numbers and you'll see that the Wii platform shifted tens of millions of games. Its numbers on its top games bury the PS3, for example, for both attach rate and units sold.

    The Wiis of the world did not spend all their days in the back of wardrobes. That's just a nice story to tell yourself at night.
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @jamster126

    You're just trolling now, right?

    This isn't fanboyism, it's reality. It's how Nintendo operate, how they have always operated, and how they always will operate until the day the leave the hardware market.

    But apparently I'm one of a select few who have noticed the pattern repeating throughout their entire video game history.

    I'm many things, but I am not a Nintendo fanboy. If you lived through the console wars, you can forget, but you can't forgive.
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @mrcheesyelf

    Nintendo's success with home consoles was in a different era. The Wii was a freak and will never be repeated.
    I would imagine that's probably why they have their handheld success in mind, which is very current.

    I think the Wii could easily be repeated. Give me something cheap and fun and full of good games and I'll buy it. Lots of people will.

    I didn't buy a Wii U. Expensive and no real point of difference.
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @Devox

    Oh, I'm pretty old.

    OK. Let's do the SNES list then.

    Please point out all the games from big western publishers. Looks like Nintendo, Capcom and Square / Enix again to me.

    Where do you want to go next? NES? GameCube? I'll let you choose.

    It's a different story on PlayStation, and even Mega Drive where EA were colossal, but Nintendo have never, ever, ever relied on big western publishers and I remain completely non-plussed as to why I'm running into so much resistance saying that. It's just about the least controversial position I've ever held on any video gaming subject!
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @jamster126

    Back atcha.

    Honestly, I've read some mental stuff on these pages over the last decade or so, but I genuinely have no idea where you are coming from here.

    Nintendo have never relied on big western publishers. They just haven't! They've made some of the most successful home and handheld consoles in history and not a single one of them has relied on AAA games from big western publishers. Not. A. One.

    So, facepalm yourself unconscious. It won't change reality.
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @Devox

    HAHAHAHA! Brilliant! The corporate shill line! Epic and priceless!

    You don't have to be a member of Nintendo UK to know that Nintendo cannot compete in a power race with Sony and MS, or to know that Nintendo have never relied on big western publishers, or to know that Nintendo games - like most games - don't rely on bleeding edge technology for their playability.

    You just have to have been vaguely following trends in gaming.
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @jamster126

    Lorks a lordy.

    1) NX is a handheld console.
    1.1) I've also compared it to the Wii.
    1.2) I'm comparing it to all of Nintendos successful consoles.

    2) They never have before, so why now?

    3) Capcom and Squenix are 3rd party support. No nintendo console has ever relied on the big western publishers. Do you have any reason to think this one will, other than repeating the proven lie that people will expect to play western pubs AAA games on a nintendo console (even though they never have before).
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @Devox

    In fact why do we even need those stupid polygons or 3D graphics at all. Lets all go and buy a SNES and pretend the last 25 years never happened.
    Is that supposed to be clever or funny?

    We've got a book running in the office, so if you could let us know...
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @grassyknoll

    The same people moaning about lack of new IPs & originality in the games industry their their dummies out as soon as a company does something different. It's unbelievable how self centred & unrealistic people are this forum to anything not tailored for them. Do you honestly need another device to play Watch Dogs 2 & Battlefield?
    Quite. Why do we need another, more expensive, version of what we already have two of?

    To play photo-realistic Mario? Who even wants that anyway?
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @jamster126

    Well, they weren't available much on the Wii, which sold 100m, and they weren't available on the 3DS either, which sold 60m.

    They tried that route with Wii U, which only sold 10m, of which only 300k bought Mass Effect 3. It was a complete irrelevance, even on a failed console.

    People buying an NX will not be doing so expecting to play the latest AAA EA and Ubi games. They will be an amalgam of 3DS and Wii gamers, playing Mario Kart and Splatoon and Pokemon and Monster Hunter.

    I genuinely have no idea where you are coming from. Here's the DS list

    No successful Nintendo console has EVER relied on the big western 3rd party publishers. They have ALWAYS lived apart. It's their own stuff plus the likes of Capcom, Squenix, etc.. I have no idea why you think that will, should or even can change.
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @jamster126

    Yes, like the Wii.

    Maybe they'll get a new Just Dance and Raving Rabbids...

    The latest Mass Effects and Assassin's Creeds have never been the selling point of any Nintendo console, even the wildly successful ones. Why you think that's going to change now, I cannot begin to fathom.

    That's not Nintendo's market, and not a market Nintendo can ever hope of joining.
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @jamster126

    Why? 60m 3DS's sold. Not one EA or Ubi game on the million sellers list.

    They need themselves, Capcom and I completely forgot Squenix.

    EA and Ubi weren't behind their last hit console, so why exactly are they so essential to the next one?
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @jabberwoky

    Nintendo can't afford to run in the loss-leader power race with Sony and MS. They know this. I know this. Give it another 10 years, even you might work it out.
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @jamster126

    Capcom and Atlus will stick around, I'm sure.

    Nintendo don't need EA and Ubisoft and the like.
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @Malek86

    Few nowadays want a second device to carry around
    60 million is a pretty big 'few'.
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @SuperShinobi

    On the downside, they are throwing in the towel and leaving the core gamer home console market to Sony and MS.
    They did that with the Wii a decade ago.
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    Excellent. That's exactly what I said it would be.

    I AM THE ORACLE!!! \o/

    Edit: ur all just JELLUS!
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  • Nintendo NX is powered by Nvidia Tegra technology

  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    What this means is that prior, plausible rumours of an AMD-powered console with PS4-beating performance and utilising x86 architecture are erroneous.
    Lol! Those rumours were never even remotely plausible!
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @aharmlesspie

    Then you'll have to wait until they drop out of the hardware market altogether and do a Sega.

    (Hopefully they do it better than Sega did...)
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  • No Man's Sky has been delayed three days on PC

  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @George-Roper

    That's a really bad example of procedural generation though.

    I'm hoping for something much more like the guns in Borderlands. The missions in Borderlands are also pretty much all "Go to x, kill y" too, but the ever changing gun upgrades keep that interesting.

    If I'm going to planets to do smash and grabs raids until I find the loot I need to explore future planets more thoroughly without getting eaten, then that's going to be an enjoyable player arc.

    If the space combat gets more difficult as I get closer to the centre of the galaxy, driving me onto planets to find better loot to help me progress in that too, that's also going to be an enjoyable player arc.

    Procedural generation is much better at generating loot than missions, so hopefully that's the road they've gone down. Then the visual variety and not knowing what the apex predator looks like today is just icing on the cake.
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @George-Roper

    If you're procedurally generating planets, why does it make a difference if you make 18,000 or 18,000,000,000,000,000,000? You're going to visit the same number regardless in the course of a playthrough, and see roughly the same amount of variety.

    If I was balancing it, I would work out how far the goal at the centre of the galaxy needs to be from where a player starts. Let's say that's 200 planets. Then, to make it a sand box and not a linear story experience, you have to take that line and turn it into a sphere where a player can draw a line from any point on it's surface to the centre. I'm guessing that sphere takes a lot of planets to fill.

    And what about outside of that? In the wrong direction? Well, seeing as the planets cost nothing to create, you might as well just fill that with planets too. Then you can release some cool marketing copy about having 5 billion years worth of planets.

    TBH part of the reason I'm so interested to play it is I have absolutely no idea how you even hope to go about balancing it. I don't think the size of the number really makes it any worse though. 18,000 would be completely impossible to play test in a conventional way too.
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    By the way, EG, can we take that Tesco advert that keeps playing music unbidden through my speakers and give it a solid punt into the very long grass? Reply +5
  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @George-Roper

    Well, definitely visual for a start. Elite was wire boxes. There's definitely going to be more to see in NMS.

    Also gameplay. In NMS, from what I've seen, you can land on planets and each planet will have a variety of creatures of varying hostility and danger. Elite just had dogfighting. In one ship. With few upgrades.

    How do you play balance it? Well, with difficulty, but that's half the charm. Why do you need to balance a spiked elephant vs. a feathered rat? Run from one, don't run from the other.

    There is something to be said for hand-crafted content, but sometimes I like to play with out the training wheels and smoothed edges. If you land on the planet full of spiked elephants and you feel you've been 'out leveled': run the fuck away!.

    That's pretty much the best way of thinking of it. I like a game where running away is part of the play-book. I find it more exciting than any armchair hero ride can fake it to be.
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @George-Roper

    I remember when Elite came out. It was procedurally generated, and far from bland and boring as fuck, and it had about a thousandth of the variety No Man's Sky should have.

    I'm hoping it'll be a sand box in the true sense of a sand box, as opposed to the modern interpretation where 'sand box' means 'map covered in icons'.

    I guess how much someone will like that probably comes down to how good they are at setting their own goals vs. how much they need their hand holding through a scripted sequence that ends with them always being a hero. Hurray! Personally, I've always found those games a bit...lacking.

    I'm really looking forward to seeing how NMS pans out. It certainly won't be for everyone, that's for sure.
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  • PlugMonkey 26/07/2016

    @FMV-GAMER

    I've waited 3 years, I can wait 3 more days.
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  • Why No Man's Sky fans are worried about a patented Superformula

  • PlugMonkey 25/07/2016

    Update: total non-story gets non-storier!

    ;)
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  • PlugMonkey 21/07/2016

    @Neo68_za

    It's an attempt to turn a completely normal pursuit of licensing and recognition into some sort of shitfight by getting a completely unrelated lawyer to say it would mean blocking the game's release.

    Assuming NMS does use the formula, it's clear from the comments in this article that they are using it for EXACTLY what the creators want it to be used for.

    The likelihood of them wanting to shoot it down instead of using it as a platform to get other people to use it too seems remote at best.

    Contrary to Wesley's editorial, wanting to discuss this "in a normal way" ("a" not "the"...) doesn't sound remotely ominous to me. If that's ominous, what would the none ominous version sound like? What's better than talking normally?
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  • After five years Starbound is finally getting an official 1.0 launch

  • PlugMonkey 25/07/2016

    I only just bought it yesterday. Been waiting for the finished version. So, I care. Reply 0
  • Watch: This is the Police is fun, but ill-judged

  • PlugMonkey 24/07/2016

    @JoelStinty

    "There is a disturbance at the shopping mall, female involved"
    What you've done there isn't remove the 'humour', you've removed all the information. This disturbance, is she noisily complaining about not getting a refund? Or is she shooting up the place? Pertinent information, no?

    A woman shooting up a burger joint screaming "I hate fat people" is a spree killing. It's not a hold up or a turf war, it's a spree killing. I know this because the description tells me so. Dispatch all nearest units and SWAT.

    A woman chasing a naked man down the street with a kitchen knife while calling him a 'faggot' is a domestic. I know this because the man's clothes are somewhere and that kitchen knife came from somewhere - suggesting a nearby domicile - and the woman is using an unfortunate term of abuse that is specifically designed to call into question the man's heterosexual masculinity. It's a domestic. (Not a hate crime.) I can react to this differently to the spree killing.

    In your version, these would be a "disturbance at a burger joint", and a "disturbance between a man and woman on the street", and I'm left clueless.
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  • PlugMonkey 24/07/2016

    @MrTomFTW

    JOHNNY IS NOT SAYING THE WORD F****T (OR ANY OTHER SLURS) SHOULD NOT BE USED
    JOHHNY IS NOT SAYING GAMES SHOULD NOT DEPICT HATE
    JOHNNY IS NOT CRITICISING THE CHARACTER OR THE WRITER FOR USING A SLUR
    JOHNNY IS NOT ACCUSING THE DEV OF BEING HOMOPHOBIC
    Personally, I haven't accused Johnny of saying any of those things. I've said it's unfair to criticise the writing when your criticism is based on wilfully changing the context of what's written. I'm being completely apolitical.

    "This spree killing is 'humorously' written, so should I also find this hate crime humorous?"

    No, because that hate crime isn't a hate crime. That's a really important point!

    Once you acknowledge that, the two things share a similar level of dark humour, which is to say 'not much'. Either that or you're saying that a spree killing is funny if it involves killing fat people, but a woman chasing her naked husband down the street is beyond the pale if one of them uses a homophobic slur. Weird place to draw the line there.

    I don't think either of these are particularly funny, myself. They're just succinctly written crimes plus motives, aren't they?
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  • PlugMonkey 23/07/2016

    @MrTomFTW

    I don't disagree with any of that. The problem is that this is all fair criticism to level at the character (once she's calmed down a bit and let go of the knife).

    It's not fair criticism to level at the writer for accurately portraying that character.

    It's certainly not fair to take that character engaged in a domestic dispute, twist it into a hate crime, and then criticise the writer for making light of hate crimes when that's something you've just made up.
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  • PlugMonkey 23/07/2016

    @Sheetbike

    Haha. So it is. That makes things simpler! ;)

    You say the game does a poor job of contextualising homophobic behaviour, painting the scene as containing a homophobic assault. The point is that in the scene in question, there isn't any homophobic assault taking place, at least not in my opinion. It reads like a domestic dispute, and the word 'faggot' is used purely as characterisation.

    A woman finds her husband in bed with her sister, so she chases him down the road with a knife and denigrates him with a homophobic slur. While we all agree that homophobic slurs are wrong and carry a cost and perpetuate negative behaviour, I'd hope we can also all agree that not everyone thinks like that. Many people DO still use it as a generic term of abuse, and while that's wrong, this is perfectly fair and accurate characterisation of such a person being wrong.

    Is the idea of a straight woman attacking her straight husband while calling him a 'faggot' really so unlikely? It scans pretty well to me, and succinctly informs me of the sort of fight that's going on, and the sort of people who are in it. Very angry, insensitive people who are blind to the offence they cause to others when they use homophobic slurs as generic insults. What I don't infer is that either character is actually gay. That seems wildly unlikely.

    "I wouldn't put that word in my game" is a crazy criticism to level at a writer. How is someone supposed to portray an angry, poorly educated criminal without making them talk how angry, poorly educated people talk? You're twisting a fair characterisation, taking it literally, and then turning that on the developer.

    I like your videos a lot by the way, but I think you've seen something that isn't there on this one.
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  • PlugMonkey 22/07/2016

    @The-Jack-Burton

    Edit: Just seen your other post. Fair play. :)
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  • PlugMonkey 22/07/2016

    @The-Jack-Burton

    What's not up for debate? That ignorant Americans commonly use 'faggot' as a general term of abuse?

    True, I would have thought that was far too obviously the case to make a debate possible, and yet here we are!

    EG. Always full of surprises.
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  • PlugMonkey 22/07/2016

    @spamdangled

    What? It's the worst homophobic insult there is. It's up there with n*gger in terms of its offensiveness.
    Which, again, is why I don't go around calling people niggers.

    However! When I'm watching The Wire and one young, black gentleman turns to another young, black gentleman and calls him 'nigger', I don't think "I had no idea that young man was so racist! What a terribly racist show!" That's just how young, black gentlemen in the projects of Philadelphia talk.

    'Faggot' is how ignorant americans talk. When I read that line, I think that attacker is ignorant, not that the victim is gay. The attacker is probably also homophobic to use a homophobic slur as a generic insult, but the victim still most likely isn't gay.

    Is this really only blindingly obvious to me? Fair enough. Neg away. Can't say I'm devastatingly surprised. Bunch those panties up tight and flap at the little red -.
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  • PlugMonkey 22/07/2016

    @Sheetbike

    Yes it is, although in most cases it's usage is through ignorance rather than homophobia.

    Is that better? No it's not. It's still offensive, which is why I would never say it. However, if I was writing an American trailer trash character chasing their husband with a knife, it would seem entirely in character for them to say it, and it wouldn't mean that she thought her husband was an out gay gentleman. It's just what an American character of low education is likely to shout.

    I see Johnny isn't the only person going out of their way to get their panties in a bunch over this instead of just accepting a fairly obvious reality.
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  • PlugMonkey 22/07/2016

    'Faggot' is used as a generic term of abuse, particularly in America.

    It in absolutely no way suggests that the intended victim is an out gay gentleman being attacked as a result of his sexuality. I would have thought that was blindingly obvious to anyone.

    Would I call someone a faggot in this way? No, of course not, but if a character in The Wire screamed it at another character in The Wire, my first reaction would not be "Wow! I didn't even know he was gay! This show's so homophobic!"

    You're making a mountain range out of a worm cast there.
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  • System Shock reboot is coming to PS4

  • PlugMonkey 21/07/2016

    @BellyFullOfHell

    I wouldn't worry too much. With a lot of larger projects like this, they need Ł900k because that is what will allow them to secure the rest of the budget from other sources.
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  • Watch: 90 minutes of Zombie Night Terror gameplay live at 3:30pm

  • PlugMonkey 20/07/2016

    You might want to bear with me on this one, because Zombie Night Terror has managed to do what no other zombie game has been able to do in a long time; namely inject some originality into an otherwise tired genre.
    Now maybe we could inject some originality into this tired copy. How can I start my article about a zombie game? I know! I'll start by banging on about how tired the genre is!

    Zombie games are every bit as varied in execution as any other game setting, probably more so.

    Edit: Neg away, mute meg monkeys! Zombie games are less common and more varied than, say, sword and sorcery or modern war games, and this is just a really lazy way to start a piece about yet another playfully original one. So there. :P
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  • 3000 McDonald's to become sponsored Pokémon Go gyms - in Japan

  • PlugMonkey 20/07/2016

    @StollenSpider

    Nothing I love better than being patronised.
    That's lucky! There's nothing I love better than patronising people with massive chips on their shoulders!

    Yes, I can see the difference between kids out in the country using their imaginations and interacting with nature and wandering around with their noses in a phone playing a shallow and repetitive game.

    Were there hundreds of kids of all ages out in the country using their imaginations and interacting with nature before pokemon:go came along and distracted them?

    Let's check the oracle on that, shall we?

    I just went out for my regular riverside walk and the normally green and quiet area was filled with 20-somethings from my workplace milling around and blocking the way while glued to their Pokémon Go.
    Hmm. There's something in there. Magnify, and enhance.

    I just went out for my regular riverside walk and the normally green and quiet area was filled with 20-somethings from my workplace
    Can you clean that up a little more?

    the normally green and quiet area was filled
    Normally quiet? Now filled? Curious. Say, can you see the difference between kids out in the country with their noses in a phone playing a shallow and repetitive game and at home on the couch with their noses in a console playing a shallow and repetitive game? I bet you can if you really, really try!

    (Now that's patronising! You'll notice how the tone differs from the earlier winky smiley faced joshing.)
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  • PlugMonkey 19/07/2016

    @vert1go

    Would that be The Pokemon Company that is partly owned GameFreak, Creatures Inc and Nintendo?
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  • PlugMonkey 19/07/2016

    @StollenSpider

    Instead of sitting on their couches chasing pokemon, people are out in the countryside chasing pokemon, and the original creator would hate this because he was such a big fan of being out in the countryside instead of sitting on a couch?

    I'm not sure you've quite thought this point through. ;)
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  • Watch: Six lessons we learned playing Pokémon Go

  • PlugMonkey 16/07/2016

    Charmander, obvs.
    I'm no idiot.
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  • EA Origin allows three games out to play on GOG

  • PlugMonkey 15/07/2016

    @jaguarwong

    Spawn enemy behind player, rinse, repeat.
    Reply +2
  • Elite Dangerous players accuse Frontier of "god modding"

  • PlugMonkey 15/07/2016

    @number1024

    I don't think it was ever the intention for ED to be as entirely player led as Eve. It's always been a curated universe from the beginning. For example, all the factions are controlled by Frontier. We play in their world.

    I'm fine with that as a design choice. It means they have far more control over the stories they tell, and it's far less alienating for players who don't have thousands of hours to invest, but it does invite the question as to exactly why President Hudson is utterly incapable of maintaining law and order in his own capital systems?

    It's also a bit of a let down any time Frontier has to break the fourth wall and address problems out of universe. This kind of griefing should warrant a response from the President, not a Frontier community manager. Whatever changes need to happen to make the game work need contextualising into the game fiction. Do they want us to believe in this universe or not?

    Thinking on their feet does not seem to be Frontier's strongest suit.
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  • PlugMonkey 15/07/2016

    @number1024

    You're right, but it shouldn't be just down to the players, system security should be part of it to create a coherent world.

    The perennial problem in ED is that the central, capital systems that should be safe are like 1970s New York, and the outer systems that should be wild lawless frontiers are like sleepy countryside villages.
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