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  • Levine saddened by abuse directed at Vonderhaar and Phil Fish

  • SegaBlueSky 31/07/2013

    A lot of it stems from the fact that a lot of people just don't know how to express themselves online in a calm, rational manner. As soon as they see something they don't like they just fly off the handle - doesn't matter if it's a developer, a fellow commenter - whatever.

    Working in magazine publishing (not video game related) I've also seen a lot of abuse hurled at a product I've worked on and also work by other people and clients, and it is sad to see and it's not often understood that the way people express themselves can be very demoralizing for the person receiving the criticism, no matter how deserving it might be in the first place. A couple of times I've been able to phone up the person criticizing too and it's amazing the difference in the way the conversation changes.

    But hey, it ain't gonna change. In my line of work I've just learned to take it on the chin and try to uncover the genuine ideas behind all the bile and hot air. There are plenty of people I've worked with though who just ignore the criticism altogether and just label the general public as a bunch of dribbling idiots, which funnily enough is also the wrong approach. So while it's something that in theory is easily fixed - it won't be any time soon.
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  • Man hid wedding proposal in commercial Game Boy Colour game

  • SegaBlueSky 30/07/2013

    Thinking of doing something similar myself. Been making an old school RPG for my girlfriend for our 9th anniversary - probably about half way through but missed the day and have been trying to get it finished since. Now I'm trying to decide whether to hide my proposal inside the game (was intending to propose this year anyway) or to go down the traditional route and get all our family together for a surprise party. I just can't decide!

    She's as big a gamer as I am so I'm not worried about that side of it exactly. And the plot of the game is basically us having a massive row before being sucked into the TV to fight our way through our favourite games (culminating in Mass Effect 3, her favourite game, where I give her the ending she REALLY wanted from the game). Either way it'll be a great present for her, but I just can't decide whether to throw the proposal in or not!
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  • Bizarre Nintendo trademark hints at Seaman revival

  • SegaBlueSky 17/07/2013

    Please, Ninty...please bring this out on Wii U and I promise I'll buy one! Reply +1
  • Limbo reanimated for iPhone and iPad next week

  • SegaBlueSky 26/06/2013

    @KopparbergDave Really well put, and totally agree. God, that spider...*shudders*

    And like you said, Limbo is one of those games that makes me appreciate how exciting and innovative the indie scene is at the moment - potentally a deciding factor when it comes to the big PS4/Xbox One decision later this year.
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  • New Dark Souls 2 footage shows off various combat abilities and enemies

  • SegaBlueSky 26/06/2013

    Wow - absolutely love the new spells and dual wielding improvements. I can see myself filling up all those star character slots VERY quickly this time around. More excited by this than any next gen offering - cant wait!! Reply 0
  • The big interview: Sony's Jim Ryan on PS4, DRM and the next-gen console war

  • SegaBlueSky 12/06/2013

    Refreshingly honest and open answers there - quite surprised, actually. To be honest I'm happy to pay for PS Plus when it offers so much. I was happy to pay for Xbox Live as well for the most part, but it stated going way downhill for me ever since they canned all the Inside Xbox / Sent you a message stuff and introduced more adverts. Got annoying real fast and now the only real reason I keep live going is so I can access Sky and iPlayer.

    I think the most impressive thing that Sony has admitted is that they need a large user base for anyone to make money. It seems obvious coming from the PS2 era, but it was forgotten slightly with the PS3 IMO (at least initially). I used to be pretty anti-Sony (was a seasoned Sega fanboy, as my username might suggest), but at this point I'd love to see Sony rise to their former heights again to give this industry a real shot in the arm.
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  • First-person horror game Outlast is coming to PS4

  • SegaBlueSky 11/06/2013

    Awesome news! Just goes to show how important self-publishing has the potential to be. Lately I've been looking on enviously at all the exclusive PC games coming out, but hopefully more of those will make the transition to PS4. Would love to see Amnesia get a release... Reply +2
  • PlayStation 4 will cost $399/€399/349

  • SegaBlueSky 11/06/2013

    I was almost disappointed that multiplayer wasn't going to be free anymore, but after hearing so much about PS Plus I was 100% sure I would sign up anyway - just seems to good to pass up.

    Quick question though for existing PS Plus customers - do you have to sign up each and every user account, or does one subscription cover all users on the console?
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  • Sony: PlayStation 4 will be region-free

  • SegaBlueSky 11/06/2013

    Can't believe how much Sony impressed me this year. This is the first E3 in years that has actually had me excited. Definitely pre-ordering PS4 now, converting from my 360. Well played, Sony. Reply +2
  • Microsoft explains Killer Instinct reboot's free-to-download, pay for more characters business model

  • SegaBlueSky 11/06/2013

    It's not even made by Rare? Oof. Wonder what they're up to in that case? Reply +2
  • Live: Nintendo Direct E3 Conference

  • SegaBlueSky 11/06/2013

    Dammit Nintendo, you just had to put Mega Man in Smash Bros, didn't you? No interest in the Wii U whatsoever until I saw that trailer! Reply -2
  • PS4 developer: Sony mandates Vita Remote Play for all games

  • SegaBlueSky 29/05/2013

    @skunkfish Yeah definitely want to, but with a list of 'hugely important things to save up for' steadily growing each day, the amount of luxury purchases I make these days is kinda limited. We'll see! Reply +1
  • SegaBlueSky 29/05/2013

    Very cool. But puts me in a financial dilemma as I'm really keen to pick up a 3DS when the new Ace Attourney game comes out. Bugger. Reply 0
  • Sony execs respond to #PS4NoDRM online campaign

  • SegaBlueSky 29/05/2013

    Still feel a bit conflicted over this issue, but ultimately I can understand putting DRM on games and I don't think that would be the deciding factor in which console I go for next. We're always hearing about developers complaining about rising costs and publishers bemoaning lack of sales...maybe this is the best way to fix it. I generally buy my games new anyway if a game is too expensive for me I just wait for discounts - always happens eventually. But it is a tough issue... Reply 0
  • Xbox One shows flickers of visionary promise but misses an opportunity to prove it with games

  • SegaBlueSky 22/05/2013

    Nice to read some more positive thoughts about the Xbox (at least on some levels), but I still can't help but feel crushingly disappointed. With all the controversy surrounding the run-up to the big reveal I was convinced that PS4 was the console for me. But when I booted up my 360 and started the countdown I was finally getting some of that excitement back, and was ready to be proven wrong. It didn't happen.

    I'd joked with my girlfriend as we waited for the countdown that all we would see would be extended media features (largely NFL based, probably), a shooter, a racer, and FIFA. We laughed it off because surely, SURELY, Microsoft wasn't going to just sit down and completely adhere to the stereotype that we were dreading. But they did. Even Quantum Break seemed underwhelming, and I loved Alan Wake. I just can't get excited about a trailer that features a miserably acted live action scene coupled with a CG bridge getting wrecked - it was just dull! And I was really hoping that MS would take a fresh approach to Xbox Live that took a page out of Sony's book to offer a genuine incentive for signing up to Gold. Nope.

    For me, Sony is in a wining position at the moment, and I think it'll have to take a spectacular E3 keynote to get me to change my mind. I also had a quick chat with friends and family after - all own 360's, which is why I bought one in the first place, and every single one told me they were intending to buy a PS4. It's frustrating, because I actually do really like the idea of a unified entertainment centre and would genuinely consider paying a subscription for the privilege. But at this rate, it won't be the Xbox One.
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  • Gamerscores and Achievements carry over from Xbox 360 to Xbox One

  • SegaBlueSky 22/05/2013

    Absolutely no point in carrying over the Gamerscore if you don't have access to any of the games, IMO. I'd rather start fresh. But I'll be doing that on PS4, methinks. Reply 0
  • Microsoft smartwatch reaches prototype stage

  • SegaBlueSky 18/04/2013

    Of course, you'll need an (always online, probably) Xbox Live Gold Account do actually do anything with it. Reply +3
  • "Enjoy your deaths": How there's nothing to fear in Dark Souls 2

  • SegaBlueSky 11/04/2013

    Can't wait. After playing 30+ hours on every available game slot on Dark Souls, this game cannot come soon enough. Reply +1
  • 10 minutes of Dark Souls 2 gameplay revealed

  • SegaBlueSky 11/04/2013

    Amazing game ahead.

    The video looks fanastic, don't think there's any game I'm more excited for at the moment. Except for The Last Guardian. But, y'know...

    I'm glad they've seemingly put in more 'certain death' moments in, absolutely loved it in the last game, where something would just annihilate you within seconds (I'm looking at you, Kalameet) and you'd have to explore further to figure out how to get back there and even the playing field.
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  • Flying through life: Meet the man behind Panzer Dragoon

  • SegaBlueSky 09/04/2013

    Great interview! Absolutely adored Panzer Dragoon Saga, and I don't think there's a single game more deserving of a remake. Hands down one of my top 5 games of all time. Reply +1
  • Microsoft creative director dismisses "drama" around always-online consoles

  • SegaBlueSky 05/04/2013

    Wow, that really has almost sealed the deal for me. Not keen on supporting a company with morons like this at the helm. Sony, the next gen is yours to lose, guys. Reply +19
  • Jade Raymond's Ubisoft Toronto collaborating on new, unannounced Assassin's Creed game

  • SegaBlueSky 28/03/2013

    Still hoping for an entry placed in Victorian England. So much potential! Reply 0
  • Nintendo teases a Wii U system update that will cut system loading times

  • SegaBlueSky 28/03/2013

    @madeinbeats interesting, didn't know that. Still, the point stands that Ninty could be doing a hell of a lot more to try and reel in more buyers. I love their first party games and all, but after owning the original Wii only for it to gather dust compared to my other consoles, I need more than quick menu load times. Really hope they can do it. Reply 0
  • SegaBlueSky 27/03/2013

    Damn it Nintendo, shops are knocking 150 off the RRP! 150! That means you have a great opportunity to get me on board with the WiiU. So what do you do? Show me a teaser video for improved load times and launch the Wii Mini. So frustrating. Reply 0
  • PS4 architect knew in 2007 that "clearly we had some issues with PlayStation 3"

  • SegaBlueSky 27/03/2013

    Very encouraging stuff. Can't wait to see how things look when we get to E3. Ninty are really going to have to pull the cat out of the bag if they want to match all this next-gen excitement. Reply +7
  • Mass Effect 3 nearly didn't have Tali as a squadmate

  • SegaBlueSky 25/03/2013

    Really don't get all the hate for Mark Meer, thought he did an awesome job as male Shepard. Jennifer Hale is always amazing of course and she is hard to live up to, but I loved male Shep as well, and dare I say it, I actually think he was better in some parts.

    And can't believe they nearly axed's that kind of mindset that makes really worry for the future of the franchise. But that's a whole can of worms I just don't have the heart to go into this morning, haha.
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  • First video of Diablo 3 running on PS3

  • SegaBlueSky 25/03/2013

    Looking forward to this purely for offline, non-split screen multiplayer with my girlfriend. She has an eye condition so struggles with split screen sometimes. Reply +5
  • This is what top-level COD competition ****ing looks like

  • SegaBlueSky 21/03/2013

    Just awful. I don't think it can be justified by comparing it to professional athletes, either. I'm no fan of professional footballers, but in most sports players can be very heavily fined for behaviour like this.

    As for rugby, during the Wales v England decider last weekend England's Tom Croft was accused of spitting on Leigh Halfpenny during the match. The ensuing exchange on Twitter went like this:

    @TomCroft6: "Just to clarify, I did NOT spit on @LeighHalfpenny1 during the Eng v Wal match, I think it's disgusting and has no place in the game."

    @LeighHalfpenny1: "Guys, just to confirm @TomCroft6 didn't do what's being alleged of him. He's a top bloke and a great player!"

    @TomCroft6: "Thanks bud!"

    THAT is what sportsmanship is about and if gaming is to be held in higher regard in the media and public eye, we need to up our standards. This simply isn't good enough and I really hope that tournament organizers start to do more to rid our favourite hobby of such puerile behaviour.
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  • Next Xbox games run from hard drive, discs not supported post-install - report

  • SegaBlueSky 20/03/2013

    Gah. If this all comes to pass as outlined in the article, it really will be an easy decision for me, next gen.

    Having said that, I'm all for some kind of new system for dealing with used games. Yes, we should be able to go down that route if we want, but I would be happy to pay an activation fee or something to ensure that the developer gets some money back. It seems crazy to me when I see used copies of brand new games on the shelves for 35 a couple weeks after release. I'd rather pay the extra money and see the cash go to the developer. And if its an older game I'm after, well they're usually on offer anyway.

    I bought the Witcher 2 pre owned the other day and not two weeks later saw it in Zavvi's mega Monday list for the exact price I bought it for.

    Regardless, I think MS would be batshit crazy to ban used games outright. Also my wireless signal in my flat is patchy at best, 500 GB is nowhere near enough, and I have little to no interest in Kinect. I'd like MS to cast away all my doubts, but I'm very, very skeptical. We shall see.
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  • North American Wii U sales show dismal start to 2013

  • SegaBlueSky 15/03/2013

    Yikes, Ninty really need to get their act together. I really want them to succeed, but after feeling so let down by the Wii, I just have to vote with my wallet and give the WiiU a miss until something incredible comes along. And as good as it is, an HD Wind Waker isn't anywhere near enough. Reply +2
  • Japanese weekly Wii U sales fall below Vita's for the first time

  • SegaBlueSky 27/02/2013

    This just reminds me that I really have too much stuff I wanna buy. I'd like to get on the 3DS bandwagon, especially when the new Phoenix Wright game is out. But I have to admit if I did end up buying a PS4 I would be pretty tempted to get a Vita to go along with it, but I just know that if I bought two handheld consoles I'd never put the time into them that they deserve. Dilemma!

    As for the Wii U, The Wonderful 101 looks fantastic but other than that there hasn't been anything released or announced that would tempt me, so far.
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  • Oddworld vs. PlayStation Vita

  • SegaBlueSky 23/02/2013

    I'd really love to buy a Vita, just wish it would come down in price a tiny bit. If I end up going for a PS4 I'd probably go for it, but I think I'll hang on to see what MS come out with.

    But back to the topic, I'm really glad to see an interview with the Oddworld Inhabitants - a fantastic studio that deserves more recognition. I would give anything to have a brand new, next gen Oddworld game...
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  • Microsoft to reveal its next console in April - rumour

  • SegaBlueSky 23/02/2013

    Looking forward to seeing what MS have under their collective sleeve. A lot of folk seem to think that price is going to be the big advantage. I was looking through my 360 collection and I was really surprised to find that I only own a couple of console exclusives, none of which would really give me a reason to buy the 360 over the PS3. Then looking at Sonys exclusives, I'm left kind of wishing I'd chosen a different console.

    Backwards compatibility would be a huge bonus in my eyes, especially if they let you transfer your downloaded Arcade titles.
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  • Five analysts, one consensus: PlayStation 4 impressed

  • SegaBlueSky 22/02/2013

    Speaking as an existing 360 owner, I'm really not sure what MS are gonna do. We know the specs aren't going to blow the PS4 out of the water, and I doubt Surface connectivity will win them many points.

    So I guess it has to come down to one (or more) of three main things...

    1. Ridiculously expanded media capabilities
    2. Major Kinect upgrade that actually appeals to core gamers
    3. A mass of fantastic, exclusive games

    Personally, I'm pretty convinced it's going to be option 1 and 2 combined, which leaves me feeling very sceptical. I'd love to be surprised, though!

    Also really curious to see how the Steam Box evolves...will there come a day where valve has an E3 presentation?
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  • Thoughts from New York: PlayStation 4 feels less visionary than its predecessor

  • SegaBlueSky 22/02/2013

    Interesting perspective on the whole thing, but honestly I'm just glad that the main focus was on actual games and the developers rather than unproven concepts.

    I remember watching the e3 Nintendo conference where the Wii blew MS and Sony right out of the water. I hadn't been so excited about a console launch since the Dreamcast, and I was at my local GAME at midnight on launch day to make sure I had one. What started off as a mind blowing innovation gradually turned into the most uninspiring console I've ever owned, and in fact the only one in 22-odd years I've ever sold (and I bought a 32X).

    Last gen the 360 has been my main console, but after Kinect, and MS's recent obsession with trying to replace every bit of technology in my house, the PS4's core values seem pretty refreshing right about now. I'm not totally on board yet, but the presentation was a pretty good start and I'm excited to see what comes next.
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  • Spec Analysis: PlayStation 4

  • SegaBlueSky 22/02/2013

    Really interesting read, thanks Rich. Seems like Sony have got a lot right so far, and I can't really criticise the launch line up as they're usually pretty rubbish, anyway. I thought the 360's lineup was awful for a long time but it ended up being my main console last gen, so time will definitely tell and E3 will be crucial. Saying that, if they suddenly pull The Last Guardian out of the bag as a launch window game, I'd be lining up day one! Reply 0