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  • Her Story makes game narratives personal - and that feels like the future

  • Sir_Brightington_III 27/06/2015

    @milhous Should be fine! I'm playing it on my 5 year old laptop (with Intel HD integrated graphics) with no problems. Reply +3
  • Tale of Tales is sunsetting its studio following Sunset

  • Sir_Brightington_III 23/06/2015

    @GajKnight Really? It's hard to feel sympathy for them because they made a joke and vented on twitter after losing their livelihood?

    I very much doubt that you had much sympathy for them to begin with, considering how you're trying to twisting their words. They didn't "go on twitter to tell gamers to die", she (Harvey) made a sarcastic joke in response to a reddit thread where people were gleeful and insulting about their closure.
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  • Eurogamer's alternative E3 2015 awards

  • Sir_Brightington_III 19/06/2015

    Award for "Most beautiful cinnamon roll too good for this world, too pure" goes to Martin Sahlin, the Yarn Man

    Reply +16
  • Fan attempts to pre-order Fallout 4 with bottle caps

  • Sir_Brightington_III 17/06/2015

    It ended up being 11.2 pounds of bottle caps. You don't want to know how much it cost to ship it to Maryland."
    I'm willing to bet he could've just bought the game outright for what the shipping cost.
    Reply +30
  • Video: LGBTI characters in games are important

  • Sir_Brightington_III 29/05/2015

    @BlastPhoenix Why is it only "quota filling" with regards to the rare inclusion of LGBT characters, but not when virtually every game has 100% straight casts? Reply +5
  • Sir_Brightington_III 29/05/2015

    It's weird how whenever the topic of diverse representation comes up, the first 'counter-argument' is always, without fail, "I'm not bothered about diversity, I'd rather have well-written characters instead!" as if the two things are mutually exclusive, and as if people don't automatically expect a degree of quality in whatever media they choose to consume.

    How people automatically assume "better and more diverse representation" to mean "give me an absolute shit game so long as it has POC & LGBT characters" is beyond me. We have endless openly straight lead characters, but strangely enough the quality of the writing is never called into question based on that alone.
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  • Final Fantasy 15 reveals first female version of mechanic Cid

  • Sir_Brightington_III 22/12/2014

    Whether or not it's sexist, it's just a terrible choice of outfit for a mechanic. Trying to get motor oil off your skin is not at all fun. Reply +27
  • Children of Morta: still the prettiest pixel art in the room

  • Sir_Brightington_III 18/12/2014

    As far as upcoming pixelart games go, I'm gonna say Hyper Light Drifter and Owlboy look prettier, but that's still a damn fine looking game. Reply +4
  • Controversial mass murdering game Hatred appears on Steam Greenlight

  • Sir_Brightington_III 15/12/2014

    I'm gonna buy it just too add a sale to upset the moral police.
    Call me cynical, but I imagine that's what the developers are counting on. ;)
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  • Sir_Brightington_III 15/12/2014

    2edgy4me Reply +3
  • Elegy for a Dead World is out now on Steam

  • Sir_Brightington_III 10/12/2014

    Unique idea, though I'll estimate about 90% of all stories people write will involve alien phalluses. Reply +2
  • Take-Two president criticises Target and Kmart over removing GTA5 in Australia

  • Sir_Brightington_III 09/12/2014

    They've already sold 34 million copies (+ micro-transactions), and it's the remaster that people are making a fuss over (which came out only a year after the original). Aren't those already some pretty decent sales? It's not like the game isn't available at all in Australia. Aussie gamers can still buy the game from literally any other retailer that carries video games.

    I enjoyed GTA V, even if it was a little stale compared to past entries, and I don't agree with Target's decision, but they have every right to decline something from being sold in their stores. It's their prerogative, just like it's Rockstar's prerogative to create intentionally offensive material and profit off the ensuing controversy and publicity.
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  • Yakuza 5 heads to Europe and North America in 2015

  • Sir_Brightington_III 06/12/2014

    @Old_Books YES! If you still have a PS2, it's worth starting with Yakuza or Yakuza 2, but 3 is still a great entry point to the series. Just watch all the flashback entries and you're good to go. Reply +9
  • Sir_Brightington_III 06/12/2014

    Yes, finally! Thank you SEGA! Best early Christmas present ever.

    Being digital download only kind of put a damper on things, but nonetheless: YAKUZA 5 IS FINALLY COMING YESSSSSS
    Reply +34
  • Brianna Wu's next game aims to "replace Twine"

  • Sir_Brightington_III 26/11/2014

    @GamerFreak In the thousands of other games with entirely male casts, most likely. Reply +3
  • Never Alone review

  • Sir_Brightington_III 20/11/2014

    I love that reviews like this exist, especially given that large swathes of the gaming community are growing ever louder in proclaiming that better racial and cultural representation simply doesn't matter. Reply 0
  • Prey 2 is officially dead, Jim

  • Sir_Brightington_III 31/10/2014

    Wait, wait, wait.

    Bethesda have quality standards?
    Reply +55
  • Civilian massacring game Hatred courts controversy, gets it

  • Sir_Brightington_III 18/10/2014

    Again, we're talking specifically about "rampage killers" here, which is what the Hatred dude is based on, right down to the same creepy attitudes towards society. Did I say women weren't violent criminals? Nope. Did I say women weren't sociopaths/psychopaths? Nope.

    That doesn't change the fact that the overwhelming majority of rampage killers have been men and teenage boys. So if a game developer were to model their protagonist on those types of people, is it really that unrealistic or unfair to make it a man? This doesn't, and shouldn't, be taken as a depiction of all men.

    Re: Borderlands. Yeah, I misread that, my bad. So hypothetically if all the enemies were female... I still don't think there'd be an outcry, as long as women had important roles in the story. If the story was male dominated like most other games, with all female enemies, yeah that might look bad.

    You seem to be ignoring a pretty large factor though: game development is 80%+ male. It's men who write and design games with all male enemies; it's men who write female characters in regressive ways. It's also mostly male *gamers* that are so opposed to gender representation being discussed in the media too.

    This is where much of the feminist criticism stems from. More female developers & writers would do wonders for the industry, as it has done for every other creative medium. (Side note: Sarkeesian has literally never said the entire industry is sexist, so I'm going to ignore the flimsy movie analogy.)

    For the third time now, I have never claimed I haven't played a game with strong female characters. That's been your response every time I've asked you to clarify your *original post* in relation to Hatred.
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  • Sir_Brightington_III 18/10/2014

    @Discalceaterabbit I don't know why you seem to think each and every male character is supposed to represent *all men*. That's a really bizarre interpretation of fiction. My point was there *have* people (exclusively men, save for one woman) that go on rampages, leaving manifestos that are eerily similar to the dialogue from the Hatred protag, and in that sense, it's not unrealistic. They haven't just pulled this character out of thin air in an attempt to "make men look bad". Sadly, there's already a precedent for it in real life, going back decades, and this is the inspiration the (all male) developers have chosen.

    Why would there be a "shitstorm" if Borderlands had some female raiders? Plenty of mainstream games have female enemies among the ranks. For example, Bethesda's Fallout games are pretty brutal (head explosions, dismemberment etc) and there are plenty of female enemies and NPCs. Who complained? No one.

    Feminists tend to complain when women are marginalised in the story (i.e. almost all important characters are male) and female characters are exploited, either by existing solely to die to provide motivation for the leading man, or to be kidnapped. It's about denying female characters autonomy, and contributing to the overwhelming false narrative of women as "helpless". That simply doesn't exist for men. Men have been the heroes in fiction throughout human history. Sure, there are a few examples of male characters been used in the same way, but they're the exception not the rule.

    Just as an example, below are two articles that deal with female representation for two of the bigger releases in 2014. Doesn't it seem strange to you that female characters are still being written like this? It does to me, but that doesn't mean you can't talk about male representation, and no one's stopping you from doing it.
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  • Sir_Brightington_III 18/10/2014

    @Discalceaterabbit But there've been many instances of men like the Hatred protagonist going on killing sprees. Hell, it's only been a few months since Elliot Rodger. These kinds of shooting sprees are more common now than ever. How is this an "unrealistic" portrayal?

    Sadly, men like this do exist, and the developers chose to glorify that kind of person. It's unpleasant, but not unrealistic in the least.

    Again, in your original post you brought up representations of women in regards to *this* game. I asked you what you meant, and now you're talking about Hitman.

    Are you honestly trying to suggest that representation of women isn't something that needs addressing in this industry? I mean, sure, there are some shitty portrayals of men, but they rarely feel like they're deeply rooted in sexism, but rather lazy design. There's no real effort to marginalise, tokenise, demean, or hyper-sexualise male characters.
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  • Sir_Brightington_III 17/10/2014

    a. Someone already corrected me on that, and she's still only one out of hundreds of men.
    b. I still don't see how strong female characters pertain to this game though. What point were you trying to make?
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  • Sir_Brightington_III 17/10/2014

    @DwarfyP Okay, one out of hundreds of men. I stand corrected. Reply +2
  • Sir_Brightington_III 17/10/2014

    @Discalceaterabbit Because there've been so many women going on mass shooting sprees, right?

    Oh wait, there hasn't even been *one*.

    Also: where exactly are these "positive representations of women"?
    Reply +1
  • Sir_Brightington_III 17/10/2014

    Wow, this literally couldn't be any edgier if it tried. Reply +16
  • We cannot let this become gaming culture

  • Sir_Brightington_III 17/10/2014

    @eliasruiz1 The conspiracy videos were part of a month long hate campaign started by Eron Gjoni via 4chan (which are all in the link I posted). There were hourly threads about Quinn on /v/ for weeks, up until moot got tired of the bullshit and banned it, causing pro-GG people to migrate to 8chan.

    Then there was the IRC chat, where several of the current most vocal GG supporters plotted to ruin Quinn's life in various ways. Eron Gjoni even joined in.

    All of the supposed corruption involving Quinn was debunked, and yet people still continued harassed her.

    There was no positive review from Grayson; they hadn't been dating when he wrote about her; Quinn had actually donated money to iFred; she hadn't sabotaged the game jam; she hadn't doxxed TFYC.

    Then Adam Baldwin created the hashtag, and a day later came the "gamers are dead" articles, and people latched onto it as an opportunity to make it about "ethics". It's always been the same group of people at the heart of it, only now there are gamers who've been duped into thinking it was always about journalism and corruption, when all GG seems to complain about are "social justics warriors". They even have a handful of women and minorities to act as GG's shield from criticism.
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  • Sir_Brightington_III 17/10/2014

    This is how it all began:

    Sadly there do seem to be some genuinely well-meaning people involved at this point, but they're just a cover for the people from /pol/, /v/, /r9k/, and 8chan that hate women, and especially "SJWs" and feminists.
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  • August's PlayStation Plus free games include Fez, Crysis 3

  • Sir_Brightington_III 30/07/2014

    Well, looks like I'm definitely letting my subscription run out come September. Reply -4
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is the best of classic Tomb Raider

  • Sir_Brightington_III 25/07/2014

    Think health packs rather than health regeneration, lunatic Egyptian gods rather than salty human islanders, plus the unmistakable tones of Keeley Hawes
    Well, that's all I needed to hear. Keeley Hawes' voice is just perfect, and I much prefer the "classic" Tomb Raider formula.
    Reply +6
  • Suda 51 details his upcoming "survival action" brawler Let it Die

  • Sir_Brightington_III 02/07/2014

    @Chiarafan That's not necessarily true. Instances of female deaths at the hands of the player are pretty rare to begin with, but even when it happens, they're most often enemy NPCs.

    There've been female enemy NPCs throughout the Mass Effect series, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Metal Gear Solid had some great female bosses (Sniper Wolf, Olga, The Boss) and the elite squad of soldiers in MGS4 was entirely female. No helpless victims there. Aside from GTA and its ilk, I can't think of any games that allow for the killing of prostitutes.
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  • Sir_Brightington_III 02/07/2014

    I can't help but feel adding female characters to this game in particular would only cause controversy. It's a game where half naked men murder each other in incredibly brutal ways. Put a half naked woman on the receiving end, and well...

    People were clamouring for female avatars in Call of Duty, but as a result, it made some "uncomfortable" to shoot women, even though the gameplay is literally unchanged. People still get upset about the violent finishers you can do to women in Mortal Kombat, even though they're the same regardless of which character you perform them on. Even the latest Tomb Raider came under fire for supposed "fetishistic violence against women". There's still outrage whenever Grand Theft Auto allows you kill hookers, even though that's purely a player choice.

    Naturally, the industry could do with more female protagonists, but in this case I can't imagine it going down all that well.
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  • NIS America Europe online store launches with "ridiculous prices"

  • Sir_Brightington_III 02/07/2014

    Play Asia have the Fairy Fencer Limited Edition for 44, and the regular version for 35. I believe they also have free shipping.

    Problem solved.
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  • Sony's E3 conference

  • Sir_Brightington_III 10/06/2014

    All I want is Dark Cloud 3 and a Yakuza 5 localisation. *fingers crossed* Reply 0
  • Ubisoft's E3 conference

  • Sir_Brightington_III 09/06/2014

    Eyebrow maintenance must be boring to do as well Reply 0
  • EA shows next-gen Mirror's Edge conceptual footage

  • Sir_Brightington_III 09/06/2014

    They talked a lot about the combat, but hopefully it'll be like the first game where you can bypass it entirely should the player choose. All I personally want from the sequel is pure parkour. Reply +1
  • Square Enix trademarks point to new Tomb Raider game reveal

  • Sir_Brightington_III 09/06/2014

    Hopefully they lighten up a bit. TR 2013 was such a miserable joyless experience. Reply +2
  • PS4 to receive Nidhogg, Spelunky, Skulls of the Shogun and more

  • Sir_Brightington_III 01/05/2014

    Just like the Vita, the PS4 is becoming the place to play all the PC indie games from several years ago, only at higher prices and lower resolutions! Reply -13
  • PS Plus gets Puppeteer, Payday 2 and Stick it to the Man in May

  • Sir_Brightington_III 23/04/2014

    Well, this more than makes up for April's lacklustre offering! Reply 0
  • Looks like The Walking Dead hits PS4 in June

  • Sir_Brightington_III 22/04/2014

    @scuffpuppies We didn't start getting HD Collections until around 2010 - that's 3-4 years after the PS3 launched.

    How is that worse than having several "remastered editions" right off the bat for a new console?
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  • Secrets of Raetikon review

  • Sir_Brightington_III 17/04/2014

    I remember seeing it on sale a few months ago, but I couldn't be bothered with Early Access. Now that I know it's from the guys who did AYiM, I'll be picking it up right away. Reply 0
  • The Behemoth is making an Xbox One game

  • Sir_Brightington_III 12/04/2014

    Weirdly arousing...

    Hope it makes its way to PC at some point.
    Reply +4
  • PlayStation Store Easter Sale has Ni no Kuni for 5.49

  • Sir_Brightington_III 09/04/2014

    @NewbieZilla I'd recommend it. It's a great starting point if you haven't played any of the previous games. Reply +1
  • Looks like the Metro games are coming to PS4 and Xbox One

  • Sir_Brightington_III 31/03/2014

    Wow, yet another reason to spend 400 on a next gen console! Reply -1
  • Shelter 2 announced

  • Sir_Brightington_III 31/03/2014

    Yes, can't wait! I just hope they don't go overboard with the gamma this time.

    The first was such a great experience. Never before has a game made me feel like such a failure, not just as a mother but as a badger - which is a weird thing to feel as a childless human male.
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  • PlayStation Plus for April: Mercenary Kings, PES 2014, Sly Cooper, more

  • Sir_Brightington_III 30/03/2014

    @Josh216 How am I "being a prick to others" by expressing my opinion? I wasn't aware the comment section was a hugbox for Sony fanboys who hate criticism.

    I've been subscribing since early 2012, and I've seen the service go from strength to strength, only for it to plummet in quality ever since PS4 games were part of the service.

    The discounts HAVE been terrible as of late. The quality of the PS3 selection has been diminishing rapidly, to the point where it's not even remotely worth 40 to me anymore. Gone are the days when we could have selections like the ICO HD Collection, Uncharted 3, XCOM, LBP Karting, Amalur, and Demon's Souls in *one month*. Now I'm lucky to get even one game worth playing.

    I don't think it's unfair to voice my valid concerns that the service is going to shit. If the only reason I'm keeping my subscription is so I don't lose my cloud saves, there is most certainly a problem there.
    Reply -1
  • Sir_Brightington_III 28/03/2014

    Are they really stooping so low as to include a football game? Really. Talk about scraping the barrel. I'd have even preferred another HD Collection to that.

    Between the lacklustre past few months, and all the FPSs (who would choose to play them on console?) I don't think I'll be renewing when the time comes. Even the discounts have been miserable lately.
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  • Facebook buys Oculus VR for $2 billion

  • Sir_Brightington_III 26/03/2014

    D-Does this mean we won't be getting interactive anime porn...? Reply +1
  • Misogyny, racism and homophobia: where do video games stand?

  • Sir_Brightington_III 22/03/2014

    @RandolphScott I didn't, or at least I hope I didn't come across as saying these things aren't a problem. They certainly are, and there are some awful depictions of women and minorities in games. Even in the community itself, bigoted abuse aimed at female gamers and developers alike is rife.

    My long-winded comment was more about pointing out that for me personally, with my somewhat odd taste in games, I've found plenty of great female characters who don't exist as sex objects, the problem is that they're often not publicised to the extent that say, Grand Theft Auto is. It creates a disparity in the perception of how infrequent female protagonists actually are.

    As for being "surprised" that a 1/3rd of my collection has female characters, I'd be happy to make a list, though it might take a while.
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  • Sir_Brightington_III 22/03/2014

    When I look at my game collection of ~600 games, spanning 20 odd years and multiple platforms (not even accounting for the countless roms I've played), I find it difficult to say there aren't enough female protagonists.

    1/3 of my collection have exclusively female protags (and half of my top 10 games of all time have them) and that's not even taking into consideration the myriad games that offer gender choices and character creation.

    The problem seems to stem from an influx of new gamers who really don't play much outside of the AAA uber-mainstream Western sphere of gaming. If they'd try playing indie games, or anything from Japan, or indeed anything that isn't a fucking first person military shooter, they'd find a wealth of diversity across different genres that cater to any taste imaginable. Sure, there could always be more disabled characters, and people of colour, but to suggest there aren't enough female characters is incredibly disingenuous.

    These people keep claiming that more people want games that they can relate to, that female gamers don't have enough representation, that there's this huuuuuuuuuge demographic of women that just aren't being catered to. But how well did Remember Me and Assassin's Creed: Liberation sell exactly? I bought both of those, as a "straight male" who apparently "needs every game to appeal to me". It's not the fault of us evil, oppressive men if women and people of colour aren't bothering to even look for games they might enjoy. Hell, I've even enjoyed games like Long live the Queen which by the developer's own admission, is a game she created solely with the female demographic in mind.

    The protagonist of the game is of very little consequence to me - when I'm playing a videogame, it's escapism. I don't want to be ME when I'm playing, so I couldn't care less what gender or ethnicity the protagonist is. As a mixed race (Scottish & Indian) guy, I'm likely never going to have a character share my racial background, and that doesn't bother me in the slightest.

    Every game from now on could feature a mixed race, genderfluid trans* two-spirit femme-presenting wheelchair bound person who uses the pronoun xhe, and I'd still play them as long as they're fun. Gameplay has always, and will always be the most important factor to me, not how much of an oppressed minority the lead character is.
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  • Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney review

  • Sir_Brightington_III 19/03/2014

    Oh shit, looks like I need to buy a 3DS soon. Reply +2
  • PixelJunk Inc. has been renamed Nom Nom Galaxy

  • Sir_Brightington_III 07/03/2014

    I could watch Dylan Cuthbert eat soup for hours. I really don't know why. Reply 0