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  • Developer admits "we screwed it" after game website exposes review blacklist threat

  • PlugMonkey 19/01/2017

    @jambo74

    Was Dead Effect 2 ever on your list?
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  • PlugMonkey 19/01/2017

    @kangarootoo

    Actually, just ignore my last post. We both agree that it was wrong, and we're both speculating on an intent that neither of us know, so there's really no definitive position to be found.

    I'm willing to cut them some slack because I know how tricky tone in the written word is. For example, this is how I feel when I'm posting on EG:



    And this is how I come across when I'm posting on EG:

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  • PlugMonkey 19/01/2017

    @rudedudejude

    Yeah, s'alright. Reminds me a bit of the Sigma Team Zombie/Alien Shooter games in terms of tone and style, but FPS rather than top down.
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  • PlugMonkey 19/01/2017

    @kangarootoo

    "Don't give us a negative review" isn't appealing to their professionalism, but "please review this game as the simple shooter it is intended to be, rather than making cheap sport of it by drawing unfair comparisons to games with loftier ambitions and budgets to match" is.

    They didn't say either of those things, they said something in the middle, so I'm going to look at the surrounding context to determine which one they meant.

    The implication is that a very negative review must be trolling or otherwise unfair, and whilst that is possible, it is not the only explanation and is an attempt to discredit any negative review.
    If it's possible that very negative reviews are as a result of unfair trolling, is it not also possible that those negative reviews - and only those negative reviews - are what they are referring to? You are jumping to all negative reviews, putting those words in their mouth. That is just as big a leap as I am making, and I don't think the evidence supports it.

    And again, the point about the rubbish threat is NOT that a weak threat is therefore not a threat. That was NOT the point.

    My niece's threat to beat me up was not just a rubbish threat, it wasn't a threat. "I'm going to beat you up!" may have the wording of a threat, but coming from a grinning child with no intention of anything of the sort, it is not just a weak threat, it is not a threat. To construe it as a threat is to take the wording entirely out of context.

    Every single point of context surrounding this makes me think that they wanted a fair shake rather than to bully people into positive coverage. .
    Edit: changed the bit based on me misreading something.
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  • PlugMonkey 19/01/2017

    @rudedudejude

    I dunno. I'll let you know after I play the free demo - the existence of which again seems at odds with a studio desperate to con people with ill-gotten good reviews.
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  • PlugMonkey 19/01/2017

    @kangarootoo

    Yes, but that wasn't my point. It's such a rubbish threat that I don't believe it can have been meant as a threat.

    My niece once threatened to beat me up. She would have been about four at the time. Much as I deplore domestic violence, I didn't call the police because despite her wording the 'threat' only existed when shorn of all other context. She also used to give me 'cups of tea' that were actually, on closer analysis, a cup of air. A cup of tea that rubbish is not really a cup of tea at all.

    I see a badly worded appeal for mutual professionalism. The alternative makes far less sense to me.

    Let's say you're right though, what exactly is the story here? Journalist advises developer to not let door hit them on exit! Parliament dissolved! Palace prepares statement!

    How come whenever one of these 'scandals' breaks it involves someone so utterly insignificant? Where's the Table of Doritos gone? I guess Rab Florence snuffed it out at source, and so we just need to keep on top of these Badfly guys to stop it coming back again.

    Yeah.
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  • PlugMonkey 18/01/2017

    @kangarootoo

    :/

    This 'threat' is embedded in a desperate plea to the reviewer for them to consider the insignificant nature of their studio.

    If it is indeed intended as a threat, then it is the worst threat ever.

    In a fair review "you're better off buying X than this" should consider whether X is five times as expensive. I think that's all they wanted. A fair review rather than a favourable one. Review what it is, not what it isn't.

    Can you imagine how many wannabe Jim Sterlings there must be out there by now? I shudder to think.

    I think it's a poorly worded sentiment of "If you act like a troll, then we'll stop treating you like a proper journalist", but they done gone fucked it up because nobody knew the backstory, and the proper journalists went all proper journalist on their asses.

    Tricky beast, email tone. I've screwed up waaaay worse than that...

    "We're so tiny that if you treat us like we matter, we'll blacklist you!" can't possibly have been meant as a threat, surely?
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  • Nintendo Switch's bundled Joy-Con grip doesn't charge controllers

  • PlugMonkey 17/01/2017

    @grassyknoll

    Consumer rights?! :lol:

    You fail to come up with a half decent justification for demanding this, and so sure enough it suddenly becomes another consumer rights crusade. Exactly what consumer right does this infringe?

    As consumers we are free to care or not care about this feature, and then use that to inform our purchasing decision.

    If, as is the case here, the vast majority of people don't care then manufacturers like Nintendo and Sony and HTC and Roberts and Bose will all update their designs to reflect that.

    You do not have a 'consumer right' for every single design feature to be included in every single product.
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  • PlugMonkey 16/01/2017

    @bad09

    ...albeit a small one.
    Careful now. This is the biggest issue since Brexit.
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  • PlugMonkey 16/01/2017

    @grassyknoll

    I don't doubt you're right, I've just mysteriously entirely missed this scandal surrounding every portable electrical device I've bought in the last 5 years.

    I'm just relieved you've brought it to my attention now, and gosh darn it am I angry about all my perfectly functioning devices now. I'm fit to burst, as you can no doubt imagine.
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  • PlugMonkey 16/01/2017

    @ISmoke

    I didn't say they should complain in THIS thread, did I?

    No, I said I missed the thread complaining when THEY were launched. I said that because, to the best of my knowledge, when they launched there were no such complaints.

    Are you going to want to dig out your portable bluetooth speakers or sports radio from your loft in 20 years time?
    What?! Nintendo should fit the Switch with removable batteries for the retro collector crowd in 20 years time?

    Oh, you're joking! I get you! Ahahaha! Yeah!
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  • PlugMonkey 16/01/2017

    @grassyknoll

    Probably because I have never, ever had to replace a battery in any of the devices I've mentioned - certainly not enough to make me demand it as a feature in any of those devices.

    I must have missed the hundred post thread bitching about this when the PS4 launced. Careless me.
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  • PlugMonkey 16/01/2017

    @grassyknoll

    See adjacent, but also:

    D. I don't have a plug socket on the beach or in the woods.
    No, you have a USB battery pack at the beach or in the woods. And it can be the same one you also use to charge your phone, bluetooth speaker and all the rest of your electrical devices. .
    .
    Edit: Am I the only person who has discovered USB battery packs or something? How is this a negworthy comment? When you are on the beach on in the woods, you have a USB battery pack. Well, I do. If you don't, you should get one. They're really handy!
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  • PlugMonkey 16/01/2017

    @ISmoke

    Because in 3/4/5/6+ years that battery wont be very good.
    Oh, I see. That's the problem.

    Is there a really fantastic reason I'm not quite seeing why this same complaint isn't applied to my PS3 controllers, Vive controllers, mobile phone and tablet?

    And my DAB sports radio.

    And my portable bluetooth speaker.
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  • PlugMonkey 16/01/2017

    @grassyknoll

    no removable battery
    I've heard this complaint from a few places. Why is that a big deal? It charges via a generic USB-C cable.

    Why would I want to fork out for spare Switch batteries instead of just hooking it up to one of the several USB battery packs I already own?

    People complain when Nintendo sell them a bespoke accessory, and then they also complain when they let them use a generic one...
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  • Switch clicks in the hands, but on paper, it's in trouble

  • PlugMonkey 13/01/2017

    @dave5252

    I thought the same. Also, can we please consign the phrase "diehard Nintendo fan" to the eternal dustbin?

    If such a creature ever did exist, it died hard a good long time ago - as the performance of the Wii U will attest.
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  • Nintendo Switch out 3rd March for £279.99

  • PlugMonkey 13/01/2017

    @fastharryDOtcom

    You might just end up proving the old poker theory instead: if you can't see the sucker at the table...
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  • PlugMonkey 13/01/2017

    @Sakuragaoka

    Pretty much. The Wii launched in the USA at $250. Add 11 years of inflation and you get...$299. The Switch is the same price in the US as the Wii was.

    The Wii launched in the UK at £179. Add 11 years of inflation and you get £233, but then the pound is no longer trading at $1.85...
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  • PlugMonkey 13/01/2017

    Well, no region locking is something at least. Not much, but it's something, right?

    Right?
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  • Nintendo's precarious reveal runs risk of Switching off fans

  • PlugMonkey 13/01/2017

    @Mr.Spo

    I don't even think that's cynical. The thing is likely to sell out even at this price.

    Leaving that money on the table would just be daft. It's cynical, but only to the extent that sound business sense has to be.
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  • PlugMonkey 13/01/2017

    @Crocoman

    At the risk of completely blowing your mind, I have absolutely no interest in playing Uncharted 4. A Switch with Zelda for £200 or a PS4 with Uncharted 4 for £200 only has one winner.

    To be honest, a Switch with Zelda for £320 or a PS4 with Uncharted 4 for £200 still only has one winner, but at least I might stop and think for a brief moment.

    Edit: I love that three people have taken the time to try and correct me on my lack of interest in Uncharted. Laughable.
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  • PlugMonkey 13/01/2017

    @shaunydub

    Ah, with you.

    Yes, consumers having to pay more as a result of companies using brexit as an excuse to hike prices is indeed another downside of brexit. ;)
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  • PlugMonkey 13/01/2017

    @shaunydub

    So, just to get this straight, you think the pound dropping will have no effect on the price of imported goods.

    None whatsoever.

    That's what you're saying?
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  • PlugMonkey 13/01/2017

    @monty_79

    I know Brexit is a huge disappointment for many, but it is also not the one cause for all the ill in the world.
    No it's not, but it will be the cause of the singular ill of imported goods being more expensive in this country. Because it made the value of the pound go down and that's what the value of the pound going down means.

    Honestly, it's really not that big of a deal, but why bother trying to deny it? One bad thing about brexit - and you can try and argue that it's the ONLY bad thing if you like - but one bad thing is that imported goods will go up in price. I don't get the denial.
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  • PlugMonkey 13/01/2017

    @Gamblix

    I suspect the majority of people complaining wouldn't have bought one anyway.
    It's not about me. I think it's too high. I'll be buying one anyway, but the friends of mine who see it in the pub and think it's cool are unlikely to think it's THAT cool.
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  • PlugMonkey 13/01/2017

    @-Gemini73-

    You understand that 'more' is a sliding scale, right? Just because you've always paid more doesn't preclude you from paying even more. We would have paid more regardless, and now we will pay even more.

    As you say though, an extra £20 on a toy is not something I'm going to lose a huge amount of sleep over. No point denying it's a factor though.
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  • PlugMonkey 13/01/2017

    @-Gemini73-

    And now we'll pay slightly more over the odds for stuff as a result of the pound being at a 30 year low, which is as a direct result of brexit.

    That's not a party political broadcast, that's cause and effect. Brexit = low pound = more expensive foreign goods. For whatever the positives of brexit may be, that is one of the negatives. No amount of "come on man!" is going to stop that being a stone cold fact.
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  • PlugMonkey 13/01/2017

    That's too expensive, methinks. :( Reply +1
  • Former American football player sues Gears of War dev, claims Cole Train cribs his likeness

  • PlugMonkey 13/01/2017

    @KenpoJuJitsu3

    Then why would it be ridiculous? It's the exact same character played by the exact same actor. I would suggest it would actively harm the plaintive's case not to also sue for Terry Tate.
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  • PlugMonkey 12/01/2017

    @KenpoJuJitsu3

    Same dude.
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  • New year's resolution: Let's stop screaming

  • PlugMonkey 08/01/2017

    @OneClassyBloke

    The only thing that has changed is now consumers
    For me, it's truer if you actually stop there. Now we have consumers.

    I've never really seen myself as a video game 'consumer'. I've never seen myself as a movie 'consumer' either. I'm an enthusiast. A fan.

    And 'workers'? 'Consumers' and 'workers' - like it's just any other form of manufacturing industry. :(

    This is not the video game ecosystem that I want, but apparently it is the only one I'm to be allowed to have.

    Thanks guys. Thanks a bunch.
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  • PlugMonkey 08/01/2017

    @Costarring


    I've been playing games for decades too.

    In my opinion, the 'over-promising' hasn't got worse at all. You must surely be able to remember the backs of 8-bit game boxes? They never over-promised on anything, did they? Or the days when "not actual game footage" wasn't stated, but just implicitly understood? No?

    Developers used to be able to talk honestly about things. Their goals and ambitions and the like. Now they can't, because if they fail to meet those lofty goals - and they will ALWAYS fail to meet them - then that is now considered a deception and not just the nature of any artistic undertaking.

    We've gagged them. It's a shame, because we've got sod all of any value in return.
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  • PlugMonkey 08/01/2017

    It's a nice sentiment, although the chances of any of the people in the wrong being able to acknowledge what they do is...unhelpful...instead of a righteous and important crusade are next to zero. Reply +3
  • Nintendo's 2017: two seismic shifts, and the conundrum that will decide its future

  • PlugMonkey 04/01/2017

    @SuperShinobi

    Ah, yes. You're right! I missed the ones that were ineligible for a metascore because not enough people even reported on them!

    Now, 'tis a MIGHTY line up!

    My opinion has always been that the Vita's relative lack of commercial success has been due to Western third-party developers not making AAA games for it
    You mean after all this you're going to tell me your theory on the failure of the PS Vita is actually...the weak catalogue of games?

    ...fucking kidding...

    Metacritic tells me how the world at large sees the games in question, which is the whole point. The world at large saw the Vita's games as bang average - first and third party - and so it failed.

    The problem wasn't just the graphics in the games, it was the games themselves.

    That was it really. If you disagree with that, good on you.
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  • PlugMonkey 04/01/2017

    @SuperShinobi

    Jeez Louise! Do you favour the Acme 4000 Barrel Scraper(TM), or do you have your own custom job? ;P

    It’s not that I particularly disagree with any of those – from what I’ve heard you could add Hotline Miami to that too – but that list illustrates the twin concepts of “too little” and “too late” about as perfectly as anyone could hope. Persona 4 (one of only two(!) 90+ games on the system) being the former and Tearaway (a rare offering from a principal dev team, sadly too late to make any real impact) being the latter.

    Then you’ve got another obscure Japanese RPG, a PSP puzzle port and a bunch of indie games. That’s the killer app list? Great hardware, let down by a catalogue is undeniably weak by any metric you want to apply to it. Even the WiiU has it beat.

    Yoshida can try and spin it however he likes, but for my money the Vita failed because Sony just didn’t commit enough top talent to developing games for it, and your list positively screams that too. Nintendo can’t make that mistake with the Switch because they’ll have nothing else to commit resources to anyway.

    You can carry on believing that the Vita failed because of bad graphics if you like, but I’m not going to.

    Actually, as a total aside, in terms of ‘proper’ console gaming on the go the biggest draw of the Switch to me is the form factor. It was never the graphics that stopped me committing to ‘proper’ console games on portables, it was the neck ache of craning over a handheld for any length of time. Being able to put the bloody thing down and sit normally is a huge plus for me.
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  • PlugMonkey 04/01/2017

    @SuperShinobi

    Golden Abyss wasn't released many years after Uncharted 3, it was released a month after UC3 with a metacritic 12 points lower - which is also the lowest of any game in the series.

    As a punter who might be interested in PS Vita, I'm going to hear that critical consensus and I'm not going to be very tempted. Not even when you point out that, in real terms, that only makes it the second worst game in the series...

    That was the problem with the Vita. Ultimately, it didn't have the definitive versions of enough things.
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  • PlugMonkey 04/01/2017

    @SuperShinobi

    I know lots of people who love their Vitas, but I think it's fair to say not everyone shares your and their opinion.

    Uncharted games metacritic scores:

    Uncharted: 88%
    Uncharted 2: 96%
    Uncharted 3: 92%

    Uncharted Golden Abyss: 80%

    Why would I buy a whole new console to play the worst Uncharted game? One month after a much better one came out on PS3?

    You say KZ:M (78% metacritic) is a contender for best KZ ever, but the general consensus is that that was KZ2 (91% metacritic).

    Wipeout 2048 was good (79%), but not as good as Wipeout HD (87%).

    I see that and as a consumer, it doesn't exactly make me feel like I'm missing out on the unmissable.

    I get why the head of Sony might wants to paint this failure an inevitable, but imho the games just weren't good enough. They were A version, but all too rarely were they THE version.
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  • PlugMonkey 04/01/2017

    @I_Am_CatButler

    In theory the Switch could just dramatically reduce resolution when undocked.
    Which it would do anyway, wouldn't it? Not much point doing 1080p on a screen that size.
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  • PlugMonkey 04/01/2017

    @SuperShinobi

    I’m not sure I’m 100% buying that.

    Firstly, it was an extra generation ago, and the law of diminishing returns is biting harder each gen. PS3 graphics aren’t shown up half as badly by the PS4 as PS2 graphics were by the PS3.

    Right now, I’m 30 hours into Dragon’s Dogma – a 5 year old ARPG that looks it, but I don’t care, because it looks just fine and plays much better than fine. Give me that on the go and I’ll definitely take it. I already am doing at home.

    Secondly, the problem with Killzone Mercenary isn’t just with the graphics. It’s an uninspired entry farmed out to an second string team. Crank it up to PS4 production values and it’d still be an uninspired entry in what was already a pretty uninspired series. The Vita ended up stuffed with this sort of big budget white elephant. Slightly worse, derivative versions of my favourite games aren’t exactly killer apps.

    There’s more to ‘console quality’ than just graphics. A portable console with Skyrim on it is more exciting than a portable console with Elder Scrolls: The B-team Adventures because I have no interest in investing my time in that anyway, at home or on the go.
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  • PlugMonkey 04/01/2017

    @Mr.Spo

    Yes, it's weird that when people bang on about vital 3rd party support they always seem to mean EA, Activision and Ubisoft rather than Capcom and Square Enix.
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  • PlugMonkey 04/01/2017

    @JoelStinty

    Nevermind FIFA and all that last gen AAA nonsense. Put Rocket League on that screen and I'll buy two.
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  • PlugMonkey 04/01/2017

    @_TheDarkSide_

    Nintendo's naming conventions last gen were a complete bollocks up. Lots of people thought the WiiU was an add on for the Wii, and lots of people thought the 3DS was the same as the DS but 3D.
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  • No Man's Sky changed the video game hype train forever

  • PlugMonkey 03/01/2017

    @BlackFlower

    and the rather dishonest pricing
    Now I really have heard everything. How was the pricing 'dishonest'? It said it was forty quid, and it was forty quid.

    Is this the whole 'indie is worth less than AAA' argument? You know, like how indie movies and indie music and indie books aren't?
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  • PlugMonkey 30/12/2016

    @Bambot

    fleets engaged in space battles where you can pick a side and assist
    Um, I did that. That quite literally happened to me in the game. And I didn't even play it for that long!

    I also, to a greater or lesser degree, flew a range of differently handling ships, saw roving herds of lifeforms that I followed and watched, and flew from galaxy to galaxy without seeing a loading screen.

    And that is NMS's problem in a nutshell. It did the things it said it would do, but not to the extent you imagined. The problem there is not so much with what they said, but with what you imagined, and with what I find to be a bizarrely childlike inability to rationalise the two.

    NMS wasn't all I imagined it would be either, but then I never expected it would be, seeing as how nothing ever, ever is.
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  • PlugMonkey 30/12/2016

    @christopherdorn

    No, Chris, what it's like is Ford revealing the new Mustang with a concept car at a trade show and then 100% of motoring enthusiasts and casual consumers alike both implicitly understanding how that concept will be compromised and rationalised down into the commercially released version, and therefore not having a tantrum about it.
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  • PlugMonkey 30/12/2016

    And those developers confident enough in their work to let people at it are turning to early doors technical alphas and unedited gameplay videos. These are all the rage in a post-No Man's Sky world.
    With all due respect, Wes, what the crap are you on about? The #1 thing NMS screwed up on was showing early playable alphas to an audience who have apparently lost all understanding of how things can and will change from early playable alphas.

    The lesson learned is most definitely NOT 'show don't tell', it's don't show, don't tell, don't engage with the 'community' AT ALL except through your carefully coached and painfully on message PR agents.

    This is most definitely NOT a good thing; not for gamers, not for developers, and certainly not for journalists. In a world where no-one will risk telling you anything, what are you going to write about Wes?
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  • Eurogamer readers' top 50 games of 2016

  • PlugMonkey 02/01/2017

    @Stig223

    I enjoyed it, hence I voted for it, hence it made it. It was pretty much exactly what I expected it to be.

    Uncharted, on the other hand, I think is complete bobbins, but you don't see me having a complex about other people liking it.
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  • The next game by That Dragon, Cancer's dev is not what you'd expect

  • PlugMonkey 23/12/2016

    I think if EG really wanted to do the whole clickbait thing, they probably wouldn't put the answer in the subheader that you read before you click.

    "8 pictures from That Dragon Cancer's next game. No 5 will make you cry. (It's a dead kitten)" probably wouldn't work all that well either...

    That said, this pretty much is what I would expect, insofar as the only thing I wouldn't expect is another game about another real life tragedy.
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  • Nintendo Switch CPU and GPU clock speeds revealed

  • PlugMonkey 21/12/2016

    @ProTw33ks

    Completely agree. So true. There are way more than that too.

    One thing that Nintendo heavily cocked up with the DS family was brand awareness. You have your DS. Then you have your DS Lite, which is the same console but lighter. Then you have your DS XL, which is the same console but bigger. Then you have your 3DS, which logically is the same console but in 3D. Right? Oh.

    I have an elderly neighbour who plays her DS constantly. I would be very much surprised if she even realised a new, distinct generation of the thing had been and gone. Bugger. That's one of your 90 million right there.

    On top of that, fact is that Nintendo are also pretty hit and miss when it comes to finding a unique selling point.

    The accessibility of motion control and touch screen were BRILLIANT. It brought gaming back to a whole generation who had abandoned it. I bought both of those, as did lots of other people. Problem is, a lot of them still have them. They're already catered for.

    3D? Meh. A flash in the pan. One that comes round every 25 years, regular as clockwork, but a fad nonetheless. Didn't bother. And I have no idea what the Wii U was trying to be. Thing is, when it was announced, everyone got really excited. Why? They thought it was the Switch. They thought you could take the pad screen thing on the go...

    But the #1 reason why I think the Switch has got something is that multiplayer couch gaming is THE hot ticket right now. Online was great, but it's impersonal and increasingly hostile.

    All my friends who don't really play games still play Nidhogg and Samurai Gunn and Rocket League. If I bring that to the pub, every single one of them will buy one. They might end up on the back of a wardrobe with the Wiis, but they'll buy one. They'll buy one to show them off to other people. Same goes for the school bus. That shit is infectious.

    tl;dr: I'm half drunk and waffling. :D
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  • Assassin's Creed film review

  • PlugMonkey 21/12/2016

    @riceNpea

    Not at all. An excellent example. Much better than being hit in the face with a sledgehammer.

    Personally, as with video game movies, I would have to say I don't have enough data to confidently extrapolate to all experiences.

    That said, like your girlfriend, I'm unlikely to go and see a film based on your recommendation when you yourself refuse to watch it...
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