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  • World of Warplanes review

  • ShineDog 04/12/2013

    @1Dgaf You get matched up against people in similar planes, so it's not really a big deal Reply +1
  • ShineDog 04/12/2013

    Unless there have been enormous changes in the game in the week since I stopped playing and returned to WT, the reviewer missed something fundamental - Turn fighters are vastly inferior to energy fighters if the energy fighter knows what to do.

    Climb into, say, an ME110 or something along those lines. Climb at the start of the match with boost engaged and get a massive height advantage over the turn fighters who cannot climb or boost like you.

    Dive down, which gives you a massive accuracy bonus, if anyone tries to take you in a head on pass you will win as climbing imparts a massive accuracy penalty.

    Do not attempt to turn and dogfight, the reviewer states that you can chase people down here, but is wrong. Climb away, you'll have a massive speed advantage to begin with, and accuracy goes to hell the minute the nose goes up, hit boost, sail away into space. Repeat.

    - Just tried this, at one point had 3 fighters on my tail as I climbed away, all pouring fire into me, it looked intimidating but they weren't doing much to my health, I just dragged them up into the sky, and once I had some distance, wheeled around and slaughtered them. Got 6 kills in one round, not even a problem. It was boring for both them and me though, and thats the problem with the game, the balance is terrible and encourages boring tactics.
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  • The Last of Us isn't the solution to sexism in games, but it's a start

  • ShineDog 06/07/2013

    @AngryGingerScot It's called Slutshaming, and its something that most feminists are pretty strongly against. Reply +1
  • ShineDog 06/07/2013

    @Ahskay If you think that people asking for female characters to be fleshed out and written as actual people is somehow mainstreaming games then you're pretty much an idiot.

    No one is saying games should be made by one specific group for any other group, and if you actually she describes TLOU as huge progress.

    This doesn't change the fact that too many damn games have really awful, damaging portrayals of women, pandering damsels with no character and no agency. The state of the industry is offensively bad, regardless of who is actually putting things together.
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  • ShineDog 06/07/2013

    @crispyduck oh dont be a git. we can have fun without treating an entire gender like crap, you know? if you actually read the article You'll see its pretty damn positive about the game.

    Who cares who it is that it's making the game? whether it's made by men or women, no matter who it's aimed at, if it's treating people like shit then those people have right to criticise.

    Sure, you like everything to pander to you. that's nice, but not everyone gets that luxury. don't be a tool about it.
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  • ShineDog 05/07/2013

    @gordonsullivan Ashley is an interesting one.

    In ME1 Ashley is a good character. I don't like her as a person (Can't get past the racism), but I appreciate that she's a character with flaws and oppinions that aren't just pandering to the player (unlike Liara). It's quite interesting to see how the character who specifically states she can't get along with glamour and makeup becomes gets all glammed up with model hair and shiney makeup for 3, along with that weird dress uniform with the miniskirt and the heels that just looked entirely daft. I've no issues with someone getting dressed up, but it's entirely out of character for Ashley, particularly in the circumstances she is in, and it's a pretty good example of how characters get churned up for the sake of marketing.
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  • ShineDog 05/07/2013

    @Inmediasress Well, yes. The industry right now is in a pretty depressing state. That's how it is. I don't see why that's a reason to not push to have things improve. Why we should stop criticising sexist crap and stop lauding things that actually, you know, try and do better. Because that's how it has been? Because that's how it is? Bollocks. That doesn't wash with me.

    It's bad, but I think as a slight trend, things are improving. It's a long way off, but it's getting better. There are people who like to look at tits all the time and people who are uncomfortable with their beliefs being challenged. So what? Things can be better, things are getting better, and everyone who wants to see games actually continue to progress should continue to be grumpy about whatever mysoginist or racist or transphobic or homophobic bollocks they see in whatever videogame they happen to be playing.
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  • ShineDog 05/07/2013

    @Inmediasress You can be flippant all you want, but theres a really simple solution. Write your characters as fucking people, games industry! Reply +4
  • ShineDog 05/07/2013

    @arcam I'd argue that those assumptions are rather self fulfilling.

    There has been similar things said about, say, action movies. The suggestion that aadventure movies starring women don't sell was around for a long time, with the problem being that the action and adventure movies starring women were largely terrible being ignored (Elektra, Catwoman, both used extensively to argue that female lead action can't be viable.) But when actually good female lead movies come out, and don't have the ball dropped on marketing, they do fantastically. Hunger Games, Brave, did damn well. On TV, Nikita, Covert Affairs, and a bunch of others have done well. In game terms, Tomb Raider sold huge numbers (it had financial problems, but only because the finances on the game went spiralling out of control and the forcasting expected Call of Duty)

    People are not averse to playing or watching or reading about girls whether it's on TV or in a video game or in a book, but you wouldn't know that if you bury the product with terrible marketing, or if it's a shitty product to begin with.
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  • ShineDog 05/07/2013

    @JamieR glargh. It's not that the problem is women with big boobs, the problem is unstoppable and relentless pandering to horny dudes.

    Look, I'm a dude. I like boobs, but it's pretty embarressing and frankly insulting that devs historically assume that I'm not going to engage with a female character unless she's always bending over while the camera drives up her ass. Miranda.
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  • ShineDog 05/07/2013

    @Tomahawk Tomb Raider doesn't have a rape plot. It has one guy who kind of caresses your cheek before he tries to kill you. It's definately uncomfortable, but the MARKETING used this to imply a rape plot that doesn't exist. That's pretty creepy and terrible in itself. Reply +2
  • 2K takes XCOM shooter website, videos offline as evidence points to rebrand to The Bureau

  • ShineDog 15/04/2013

    I seem to remember that the XCOM shooter had already been rebranded from a game called The Outsider.

    My googlefu is failing me for evidence of this, but Outsiders are the one thing that linked shooter and recent tactical XCom.
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  • Aliens: Colonial Marines' demo looked much prettier than the final game

  • ShineDog 13/02/2013

    How does the PC version compare to the demo? Reply -103
  • Trends of 2013: The last console generation

  • ShineDog 09/01/2013

    @DanSmith09 "But it's not. I cannot get the CoD experience I enjoy on my xbox 360 on my smartphone, and due to one pretty obvious limitation (controls) I never will."

    Imagine your phone has the power to do a decent high end 3d game. Not far off. Stick it into the docking station built into your TV. Grab controller. It's a console. Stick it into the docking station with the mouse and keyboard. it's a PC. The future for unified devices is enormous.
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  • Nintendo blocking 18+ rated Wii U eShop content at certain times

  • ShineDog 07/12/2012

    @Gamer107 Or, you know, a responsible adult who commutes and needs to get some sleep to do their job? Reply +7
  • Lost Humanity 15: Booth Babes

  • ShineDog 05/10/2012

    @syra Theres a difference between a burlesque club and a games event. One is about titillation, the other is about videogames.


    You're going to the burlesque with the express intent of seeing whatever the performers get up to on stage.

    With the games it's not even related, or it's shoehorned into something to get the sales up, and you end up turning away the people that aren't in that target segment because its like a huge sign that says THIS IS NOT FOR YOU.

    As I've said before, sexual content isn't anything thats inherently wrong, but theres a time and a place for it. A classy burlesque act? Thats about time and place as you can get. Shilling videogames with CASH FOR GAMES on your hotpants? not so much.
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  • ShineDog 04/10/2012

    @zubnut You really think they are evenly represented in the gaming world? You're having a laugh. Reply +4
  • ShineDog 04/10/2012

    @beach Except its fundamentally not catering for everyones tastes. It's catering for hetero male tastes. Anything else gets pushed right to the back. Reply +2
  • ShineDog 04/10/2012

    @beach Oh come on, it's cynical advertising through pandering. You can absolutely celebrate the human form, but that's not what this is for a moment, you creep. Reply 0
  • ShineDog 04/10/2012

    @FiddleFingaz Except this isn't really about the women in the booths so much as it is the message this sends about the industry. And lets be honest here, gaming is overwhelmingly purile and could do with growing the fuck up. Reply +4
  • ShineDog 04/10/2012

    @Sildur There are sexy blokes in mass effect, sure, but the big difference is the camera doesn't linger on jacobs ass every time he talks. Mass Effects camera is male, and defaults to looking at what the target audience male looks at. Consider. Manshep sleeps with Ashley, the camera shows ashleys ass, not much of shephard. Femshep sleeps with Kaiden, the camera shows Femsheps ass, not much of Kaiden. This persists wherever women are seen in the game, it's CONSTANTLY doing long, lingering shots of Miranda, Samara, Liara, whoever.

    And, no, I'm not projecting. If anything I used to have views similar to yours, Over the last few years I've had my eyes opened to just how pervasive this sort of thing is. I do think it's so pervasive that a lot of people just tune it out, guys or girls included.
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  • ShineDog 04/10/2012

    @rydek Sex is everywhere in movies and TV,. Sex in movies and TV is often (not always) handled tastefully! Games handling adult subjects is NOT the issue here, and you are fundamentally misunderstanding the issue if you think it is.

    It's the fact that games get as far as lads mag sexuality. It's tits to leer at, or asses waved at the camera. It's everywhere in gaming, in franchises you might not expect it of, and it's extremely pervasive. See - Every game where the dude wears armour and the girl wears a g-string. Movies and TV definately do this, but it's so rare for a game to try for anything more, which other media does all the time.

    I'd love a game that actually had sexuality beyond TITS ARE BIG AND NICE, but it's pretty rare to get that.
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  • ShineDog 04/10/2012

    @Sildur Do you really think it's just men who have a problem with this? Really? Because the amount of girls put off gaming because of the fact it's such a boys club, that most women in most games are ridiculous cheesecake fantasies, is not insignificant.

    Most of the girls I know play games, and every single one has a "jesus christ what" reaction when miranda wobbles her ass across the screen. This is the same issue, coming from the same place.
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  • ShineDog 04/10/2012

    @Phexa Definately. It's a huge THIS IS NOT FOR YOU sign. Reply +2
  • ShineDog 04/10/2012

    @MattEdWithCheese But no ones blaming the women? At the end of the day the problem is the industry, and the industrys depiction of women. This isn't just in the advertising, it's in the games themselves. From Mirandas ass and Samaras boob window to Paz' pantyshots to DoAs everything to Samus losing all trace of agenda in Other M, to those terrible fucking hitman nuns, to the , through to how girls get treated if they dare to speak in online games.

    Do you get it? It's not just the girls in the booths. They aren't, ultimately, the issue. The issue is a fucking systemic one that is present throughout the industry, and if Eurogamer is serious enough to say "this is bullshit and we are sick of it" that is a fucking fundamentally good thing.
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  • ShineDog 04/10/2012

    @beach Thats not true at all. Theres nothing illegal about enforcing a dress code. This is an evented hosted in a private venue, it's not the street. Reply +5
  • ShineDog 04/10/2012

    @beach Except the cosplayers can still come along, so if someone is genuinely doing it because they like doing it, then no problem. Reply +2
  • ShineDog 04/10/2012

    @Retro_ Oh hey homophobic too?

    You are a bad person. Sorry!
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  • ShineDog 04/10/2012

    @Tomahawk What? I'm not hostile to the models themselves, I'm hostile to the industries practises. And while society idolises attractive people, theres a big difference between the way the genders are presented in general. Reply +3
  • ShineDog 04/10/2012

    Borderline word salad there. Sorry, getting a little wound up, but hopefully the point is clear. Reply 0
  • ShineDog 04/10/2012

    @Tomahawk It's damaging on a larger level. Again, I'm not saying that theres anything wrong with appreciating someone attractive. The issue comes when you realise that hey, women aren't treated very well in the workplace, and theres a pretty strong argument that its because hey! in popular culture women are so very frequently presented as something that looks good, and not much else.

    Mysoginy in the wider world doesn't exist in a bubble, the attitudes behind it stem from things like this. A nonstop barrage of women as nothing more than "pretty thing" is fundamentally demeaning.

    It's not that them being pretty is a problem, thats fine, the problem is that so often they are never presented as anything else. They get to be the trophy for the hero in a film, they get to be the eyecandy on the side of the actual games content here. It's incredibly pervasive, and the fact that so many people deny that it has any impact is kind of mindboggling.
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  • ShineDog 04/10/2012

    @Tomahawk No one is saying you need to deny your sexuality. No one is saying that you shouldn't find attractive girls attractive. What we are saying is that the girls aren't just some toy for your own pleasure, but thats where we have ended up, and judging by the fucking terrible comments on these boards, a lot of people feel that way. Reply +1
  • ShineDog 04/10/2012

    @Bobrek Think, for a minute, about why that is. Could it be because a significant chunk of mainstream culture has pushed, for a long time, that the most important thing a girl can be is hot? That this is not just something that guys take on board but girls as well? Reply +2
  • Mass Effect 3 day one DLC From Ashes has Achievements

  • ShineDog 05/03/2012

    He's called Javik Reply -2
  • Battlefield 3: the features DICE may tweak

  • ShineDog 11/11/2011

    @Daddy-Doom-Bar It's not the static AA guns that are the problem, the mobile AA tanks are absolutely ridiculous. They will slaughter jets in seconds while jets have negligable impact on the ground battle, and they can even kill an MBT in a single clip if they get behind it (which they can do easily since particularly the US LAVAD is incredibly fast) Reply +1
  • Syndicate four-player co-op trailer

  • ShineDog 01/11/2011

    @ShineDog Oh come on, you downrate me, but look at those haircuts! Reply 0
  • ShineDog 01/11/2011

    Surely the douchiest player characters in all of history? Reply 0
  • DICE details top 10 BF3 beta issues

  • ShineDog 07/10/2011

    By design no weapon kills in one hit on a body shot, only headshots, even Sniper Rifles. Theres a bug causing 1 hit body shots to kill.



    the bug is causing damage to randomly be increased. It apparently happens when you are moving (sprinting?) and for whatever reason a bullet will damage you twice.



    Alan kertz commented on this in his twitter and mentions that it is fixed for retail (ages ago). I don't know why this isn't mentioned in this list here, but yeah, thats part of why the beta is so deadly.
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  • Big list of Battlefield 3 features

  • ShineDog 19/08/2011

    @metalangel Kind of.



    You need line of sight to ge BC stylet 3d spotting for infantry, yes. But spotted infantry will always appear on your minimap, in the oldschool BF2 style. In the Alpha people were literally using the 3d spot as a wallhack, gunning people down while hiding in a bush.



    This wasn't nearly as much of an issue in BC because weapons were less accurate and more importantly there were less bushes to hide in.
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  • ShineDog 19/08/2011

    Regarding lobbies - Even the consoles get a server browser, so yeah, you might not get one in the old sense.



    Battlelog in the Alpha had a feature where if you made a friends group and joined a server with enough slots free it would reserve the slots for you, I assume you could do this in the console, so I guess there would be a lobby equivelant for that at least.
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  • ShineDog 19/08/2011

    3d spotting is in but it is blocked by cover AND concealment. If you can't see him you don't get the marker. This doesn't apply to tanks and vehicles, who always show up if someone spots them. Reply +1
  • ShineDog 19/08/2011

    According to Kertz, the gameplay designer - A vehicle can only take a few hits before it is disabled. This damage will regenerate. Once a vehicle is disabled you can use it as a turret, but it's health starts to bleed out and an engineer needs to get to it to repair it.



    Since there are more detailed states of perfect, damaged, destroyed, I think this is pretty reasonable actually. It's going to be hard enough to keep tanks in the fight when they keep throwing a track (or however they display it)
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  • Battlefield 3 PC main menu is Battlelog

  • ShineDog 19/08/2011

    Confirming as an Alpha player that battlelog was fast and slick. In fact, it does it's loading in the background - you can happily poke away at your stats or forums while the game loads. It's aces. Reply 0
  • PC Battlefield 3 Camaros on "day one"

  • ShineDog 18/08/2011

    Now I'm wondering if this is a joke post or if someone doesn't know what the Commarose is. (It's the radial communication interface in BF2)



    I'm going to admit I didn't spot this at first and had to have it explained to me.
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  • Making Driver: San Francisco 60FPS

  • ShineDog 15/08/2011

    I really enjoyed the demo. The shift mechanic was really well done and it's always nice to see a driving game with some character. Loved the skiddy, heavy handling. Reply +10
  • Confrontation screenshots jostle in

  • ShineDog 27/05/2011

    It's kind of like they want GW to sue them into making a licenced game again.



    (I know, I know, it won't happen because it's just generic fantasy and nowhere near as egregious as bloodbowl was)
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  • APB Reloaded beta gameplay trailer

  • ShineDog 19/05/2011

    So long as you don't expect some super polished, super slick thing, then yes. It's not a great game, it's a fun game. I can totally see why people would hate it, for all the fun I have with it there are still times I pull my hair out. Reply 0
  • ShineDog 19/05/2011

    It's significantly improved over it's original incarnation. Shooting is better, driving is better (still weird because it's serverside, but it's fun now, and the serverside driving means you never get that "I ran him over but didn't" thing you get in BF) matchmaking is horribly broken but currently being fixed, and the biggest problem, where skilled players had enormous upgrades that let them crush you, has been mostly (not entirely) fixed by giving all the player upgrades an appropriate downside (health bonus makes you slow and clumsy, etc).



    That said, it's still rough. Shooting is better, it's still not great. Movement is still twitchy and kind of rough. missions are either fantastic panicked chases or rubbish camps where one team fails to penetrate the death fortress. It's still not really an MMO, lots of 4v4 games on a big map. chaos (50v50 megawar) modes are coming, but a way off.



    But it is, to me, more than the sum of it's parts. I'm not quite sure where it all comes together. perhaps it's the shared nature of the game, where any firefight can occasionally stop as everyone stops to watch a convoy of cops and robbers sail gracefully through the air, ramping off a bridge over the building you are fighting on. Maybe it's just the fact that it's a shooter that adds occasional car chases into the mix. Most shooters don't bother with that part. It's also got that chaos that battlefield gives you, the moments where everyone asks "did that just happen" when someone somehow gets a car onto the roof and squashes the VIP.



    So yeah. I'd struggle to say "This is definately a good game" but I can definately say "This game is definately fun as hell." And given the huge improvements the new team has brought after a couple of months, I'm excited to see where it goes.



    And it's free. Give it a shot.
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  • Why I Hate... The Saboteur

  • ShineDog 30/11/2010

    Yeah, I loved it, but I loved it because it was basically one of the incredibly dumb comic books that I read as a child, which were fantastic.



    In those comic books Tommy the new kid would kick a german in the face, and the german would respond with "AIIEE HE IZ KICKING ME IN ZE FACE". It's wilfully stupid, and it's perfect.



    We absolutely need more dark and serious takes on the subject, you're not wrong, but just because we are crying out for that doesnt mean that the developers should be obliged to give it to us.



    When the period is mostly represented with games that are RRR SOLDIER KILL RRR, a little bit of comic book style and a fantastic jazz/soul soundtrack go a long, long way to making the game feel like something a little bit different, and I approve.
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  • First footage of BioWare's new title

  • ShineDog 17/11/2010

    He's 100% definately carrying a ME2 Incisor Rifle in that new footage. Maybe they are reusing assets but I'm going for ME3 or an ME spin off. Reply +1