Skirlasvoud Comments

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  • This War of Mine review

  • Skirlasvoud 25/11/2014


    That's some good insight you have. You must be a student of gaming. Only wish I could read German well enough to visit your blog.
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  • Face-Off: Dragon Age: Inquisition

  • Skirlasvoud 22/11/2014


    I love how the Xbone review article explains exactly your comment:

    Small wonder that we are reduced to arguing over display resolutions and frame-rates when both new consoles offer so little in the way of fresh game experiences to justify their existence.
    You and it are very right mind you.
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  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor gets free DLC today

  • Skirlasvoud 21/11/2014


    where's the boobs.

    Safely tucked away beneath 5 layers of hardened leather like they should be.

    For anything else:

    Really is the forgotten fifth food groop of a sexual apatite. I find female bad-asses far more attractive like this. Girl's got spunk.
    And just because they don't go into battle in their undies, doesn't mean I don't realize they'll have have to take it off eventually. I just don't make it a visual requirement inside my game.
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  • Skirlasvoud 20/11/2014

    Tried it out for 10 minutes just now and realized how brilliantly this works.

    The male character never speaks a word anyway outside of Main mission cutscenes. All spoken action text is voiced by your ghost boddy buddy Celimbor anyway, who pops just as easily out of Lithariel as Talion. It's as if they designed him to be replaceable. She doesn't appear to have any totally unique moves like cat-woman had in Arkham, but just when I got bored creating my perfect orc-army with the nemesis system, this fresh lick of paint turned up and I'm having a blast again.

    Stroke of Genius. This game could barely be compared with the AC series anyway and now it's even going one step beyond by giving me the Avatars Unity couldn't.
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  • Never Alone review

  • Skirlasvoud 20/11/2014

    Passionate review!

    Who is this Daniel Starkey chap who wrote it? Is he Eurogamer's on-board native Alaskan? I'm actually quite curious about the author now.
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  • Assassin's Creed Unity's French Revolution blasted by ex-presidential candidate

  • Skirlasvoud 20/11/2014


    Reportedly, Marie Antoinette said that, but it's a historical falsification. The quote was used as propaganda by the revolutionaries.
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  • Nintendo isn't working on any paid DLC for Super Smash Bros.

  • Skirlasvoud 19/11/2014

    Lots of people usually criticize Nintendo for living in the conservative past...

    but any games company living so far in the past to still be able to apply good old fashioned common sense to paid DLC has one up in my booklet.
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  • Assassin's Creed Unity walkthrough and game guide

  • Skirlasvoud 16/11/2014


    Who will finish the game first, EG or Ubisoft?
    Brilliant. My hat's off to you sir.
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  • Dev who threatened Gabe Newell has returned to Code Avarice

  • Skirlasvoud 14/11/2014

    Good job Maulbeck. Just when I thought there wasn't anything else you could do to look like even more of an irresponsible asshole, you found a way. Reply +16
  • SingStar Ultimate Party review

  • Skirlasvoud 13/11/2014

    Meanwhile, the beardy hipster is so happy he is only partially distracted by the artisanal baba ghanoush stall he's just spotted behind the photographer. The only person not having a great time is the guy in the middle, who has in fact opened his mouth to insert the gun they've had to crop out of the shot.

    *Scrolls down*

    Ellie! Welcome back to doing the thing you're good at! That was genuinely funny again.
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  • Get Witcher 2 free in the GOG autumn sale

  • Skirlasvoud 12/11/2014



    But miss a chance to buy the game yet again and promote purchases on the system? I think not! ;-)
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  • Skirlasvoud 12/11/2014

    Had Witcher 2 for Steam and in a jewel case... will now be buying it from as well.

    Just in time. I was just about to do a rerun of the Enhanced Edition.

    If only I could gift things to friends through GoG... I've wanted to turn my mates into converts for some time now.

    EDIT: Nevermind! Found the e-mail option.
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  • Dragon Age: Inquisition review

  • Skirlasvoud 11/11/2014

    When asked if a situation calls for diplomacy, spies or military strength, any of them will work and few require any more effort on your part than actively not declaring "Zhu Li, do the thing!" at an unlistening monitor. There's enough of it to compensate for that though, and more than enough wrapping to sell the illusion, while still justifying why you're always in the field instead of consigned to a desk.

    Sounds like the choice-consequence we had in Lionhead's RPG series. Don't get me wrong, I thought Fable was charming, but for Bioware to point at Bethesda as a major source of inspiration and then for me to be able to compare it to Fable but with Oblivion gates feels like a step down.

    Do like how we're finally able to change the political landscape. Always grated me somewhat that my heir to the throne dwarven prince couldn't get back to that.

    I'm actually optimistic about this one! If Bioware manages to climb off its king of hyped storytelling horse and fully embraces its role of creating charmingly shallow and endearingly ham-fisted RPG-lite games - leaving the heavy stuff up to Take-Two, CDProject and maybe Bethesda - they should be able to wriggle back into my heart. Will check it out another time.
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  • Blizzard reveals Overwatch, a team-based competitive first-person shooter

  • Skirlasvoud 07/11/2014


    Yeah, that would instantly crush any expectations I had of it.
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  • Skirlasvoud 07/11/2014

    I like to harp on Blizzard... like a lot. Unimaginative, stale, that sort of thing.

    Gotta admit though, that trailer got me giddy and excited. Kinda feeling like they're jumping on the Destiny/Borderlands/TF2 bandwagon, but at least they're trying something new. Destiny didn't draw my fancy, but this just might and I'm eager to see this evolve. Gonna approach this with an open mind.
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  • CD Projekt announces generous Witcher 3 DLC plan

  • Skirlasvoud 06/11/2014


    As much fun as that video is, the point is that if they had included the DLC in the main game, they would have needed to set the release date back to work it in.

    The "11" analogy is a bit flawed.

    Think of it like fireworks that hadn't been planned for the main show. Three music bands are performing and halfway through setting up their stages, all three bands decide they want to include fireworks.

    The first band called "EA/Acti-ubisoft" decides to not only postpone the show that their fireworks can arrive, but they decide to raise the prices of their tickets at the last minute and charge everyone who already had a ticket a little bit more at the entrance. After all, the show has suddenly become that much more spectacular. Everyone not willing to pay extra can listen to the music outside and are not allowed to see the true show.

    The second band called them "Old Blizzard", postpone the show so that the Fireworks can show up. This raises the value of the tickets, but Blizzard were good enough to announce months in advance that their tickets would be more costly and everyone knows what they're getting.

    Now the third band, called "CD-Project", they're slightly strange and they go: "Hang on. What good rockconcert doesn't have fireworks? Our fans expect fireworks, but they also expect the show to start on time!"
    So these guys don't postpone their show and go ahead as planned. Then, 2 hours later, right before the last song, the fireworks arrive and with them, CDProject give the kind of finale that knocks everyone completely off their socks.
    And CDProject apologizes for the fireworks being late, but instead of upsetting their fans everyone seems to only love them more.

    Truly the laws of reality seemed to warp wherever the third band went. It as if they were using some kind of outlandish magic.

    Then the winter came, and people started going to rock concerts less. For a while the first and second band kept raising their prices, or left things like amplifiers, instruments or actual music out of the performance unless people were willing to pay more for those sort of outlandish extras, let alone fireworks. But it didn't work and the poor, poor first and second bands came to the conclusions that all these people were miserable cunts not worthy of their music and they went on to become equally miserly game publishers instead.

    However the third band kept rocking. After a while the winter became very harsh and the Third Band was sad to announce their would be not be anymore fireworks. In fact, one of the band members got a cold and they might even have to cancel. But the people remembered, forgave the third band for the lack of fireworks and they all threw wads of free cash on the stage for them to buy chickensoup. And so the bandmember recovered and instead of pocketing the extra money, there was enough left to still have fireworks! And so the Third Band gave the Awesomest rock concert in history on the coldest winter day and soon spring and summer returned. Not being very succesfull game publishers either the First and Second Band wanted a piece of that again, but they never quite managed the success of the Third Band.

    And so everything was right in Rockland and the Third Band lived happily every after. The end.
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  • Skirlasvoud 06/11/2014

    If CDProjects ever wants me to do stuff like march on an institution, rise up against a perceived injustice or join in a revolution, I would be so ready to follow my new overlords. Reply +1
  • Skirlasvoud 06/11/2014

    CD Projekt ... generous
    I expected nothing less really. Ever since I opened up my standard retail version of the Witcher 2 and so much stuff came rolling out that I believed they accidentally gave me the Collector's edition, it's hard not to take them for granted.

    Therefore, I shall buy a copy both on and in the local stores. If those aren't compatible with my Witcher2 Steam saves (Which I don't think will happen), I'll buy a Steam copy as well. With so many copies, the only thing for me to do now is decide what other big-name release I will have to skip to justify spending so much.

    The announcement also comes the month Dragon Age: Inquisition - a blockbuster RPG rival, albeit a different kind of RPG - arrives. And Inquisition will feature pre-order game content as well as special edition extras.
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  • Hearthstone bot maker forced out of business

  • Skirlasvoud 03/11/2014

    What shocks me is that they actually manage to think of themselves as aggrieved businessmen.

    What is more shocking is that they actually are... or at least the businessmen part. There was a market demand and Blizzard took its sweet time outlawing it. It's their supporting customer base and Blizzard's tolerance that was at the root of evil.
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  • Death to the mini-map

  • Skirlasvoud 01/11/2014

    Contrast and compare with something like Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, where the briny atmosphere is obliterated by a wash of markers and objectives, a to-do list constantly hovering in front of you when you should be left to enjoy the wonders of the open sea.
    So why can't it be killed? There's the matter of convenience, and how the blight of the mini-map has slowly bled out into real life.

    I'm sure that's what Christopher Columbus said too.

    "Screw the compas, the charts and our paper based mini-map. That just bleeds into real-life and appreciation of the towering atlantic waves, enjoying our scurvy and the thrill of near mutiny. We'll get to India eventually!"

    And he did!

    Oh wait...

    Could it be that when I just want to get to places and finish my objectives... maps are actually useful?

    Allow me to propose something else: You begin in your open worlds without a map, allowing you to enjoy it, then as you go through the area you begin to create one, allowing you to actually be able to find your objectives.
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  • Sega role-player Valkyria Chronicles announced for PC

  • Skirlasvoud 31/10/2014

    Awesome! I'll spread the news as much I can. Games like this should find a warm bed on our platform. Reply +1
  • Blizzard botting ban strikes thousands of Hearthstone accounts

  • Skirlasvoud 28/10/2014

    So... how do can you tell it's a bot?

    I've never played heartstone mind. Is it the speed at which the opponent plays, or a specific set of strategies?
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  • Dreamfall Chapters: Book One review

  • Skirlasvoud 26/10/2014

    *Scrolls down to glance at the score."

    I'm glad that we no longer give scores to each chapter of an episodic game, because right now Dreamfall Chapters has problems.

    Do you mean I actually have to read the text? On an article based gaming site?

    Can someone score the Eurogamer article itself for me at least?
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  • The extravagant Witcher 3 intro cinematic is here

  • Skirlasvoud 24/10/2014

    Nope, already to my hype limit over reasons other than fancy technical cinematics. This doesn't do much for me.

    Can't wait though!
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  • Dev behind Paranautical Activity Steam storm resigns, apologises

  • Skirlasvoud 22/10/2014

    "I feel is it my responsibility to step down from Code Avarice completely so that Steam has no reason to harbour any more ill will towards the company, and maybe even if we can't see Paranautical Activity restored, at least future Code Avarice games may be allowed onto the platform."
    Good man. Rare to see someone take such responsibility for his internet actions. If I were gabe, I'd let the company back in.
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  • Valve pulls game from Steam following dev's tweet threatening Gabe Newell

  • Skirlasvoud 21/10/2014

    Rule of thumb Maulbeck: don't shoot the messiah. Reply +1
  • We cannot let this become gaming culture

  • Skirlasvoud 19/10/2014

    Biggest issue with #Gamersgate that I have, it that it appears like a mob. There might be well meaning individuals amongst them who have done their research, just as well that their might be unwanted radicals amongst them who spout unsubstantiated lies and go too far.

    Problem is that both of them are hiding under the same umbrella. The radicals justify their actions by pointing at the conservative reasoning, and the conservatives claim they have nothing to do with the radicals but are still happy to share the same grouping and then claim individual oppression when others ask questions.

    4Chan's contribution to this is the best example. Everyone is anonymous, yet somehow connected simply by virtue of sharing the same tag. When normal society has legitimate criticism about gamersgate's action, the entire mob shrugs and claims that it's just the action of a few individuals among them. When people don't take the mob serious enough, it causes a stink and demands to be taken serious by any means and points at the momentum of the tag. When the mob is taken serious, the radicals use the limelight to troll the rest of the world. The cycle continues with noone taking actual responsibility.

    It's like trying to argue with a bi-polar schizophrenic.

    I'm not going to bother reading up on either Sarkeesian or Gamersgates' argument.

    I'm seeing is a smearcampaign against an mature individual with enough of a heart to take responsibility for what she says and who fights on despite the threats against her and who takes responsibility - even though her arguments might be flawed - versus a bunch of quarreling children who try to stand on each other's shoulders while all wearing the same #Gamersgate trenchcoat, trying to come off as mature.

    Sarkeesian 1 - Gamersgate 0 before you people even open your mouth.

    As long as you use the gamersgate name, you don't possess enough accountability to be taken serious, plain and simple. Doing so means you share your bed with a lot of radical elements and you should distance yourself from them by becoming an individual and not hide behind GG. The world isn't about to listen to you unless you have enough self-reflection and self-criticism or stand as a individual behind the things you claim like Sarkeesian does and bear it, before you're allowed to be critical of others. Right now, you're only given a voice by the media because others have gone to the trouble to make deaththreats on behalf of your cause and that's pretty sickening.
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  • Civilian massacring game Hatred courts controversy, gets it

  • Skirlasvoud 17/10/2014

    These guys can't be that bad and you can tell they're being very professional. After all, they're using the smiley face wink emoticon in their press statements. Deviants would never use emoticons, let alone the smiley face one. I know for a fact Hitler didn't.

    So I'm very relieved by all of this. For a minute there I thought the means of pushing moral boundaries through mass media had fallen into the hands of a gaggle of uncaring idiots who haven't taken the time to think things through and are by no means capable of handling the responsibility, but this clears things right up. : )
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  • Anita Sarkeesian cancels university speech following school shooting threat

  • Skirlasvoud 15/10/2014

    I've not sat down long enough to listen to Anita's work to really know what she's on about, but I do know that when an opinion - any opinion - gets this badly suppressed by very vocal groups threatening physical action, that we as a democratic, free society should defend to the death Anita's right to have that opinion. In fact, all of this just empowers her. If her words sends radicals into a frenzy, then we should support that opinion in defiance of them and their unwelcome thinking, until their threats lose meaning and things are resolved with reason. Reply +2
  • Let's have more games that show rather than tell

  • Skirlasvoud 11/10/2014

    I'm playing Endless legend right now. It's comparable, but 4 times more complicated than Civ5, has a lovely UI but does absolutely nothing to explain itself beyond: "This is how you move your unit about." All I'm left with is: "How do I build trade routes?" "How do I level up my cities then?" "What exactly are the victory conditions?" "Am I getting defensive bonuses standing on a hill?"

    I can tell you now that the iceberg theory does not work on the kind of complicated games I like to play. The need to rush out and read a Wiki for basic understanding is more gamebreaking than elaborate mechanics and the need to explain them. Ethan Carter can only get away with it because it is basically a simple game with fewer functions, telling a clever and complicated tale.

    This article ignores the fact that games tend to be different animals when it comes to complexity and mechanics. As a 4x player, give me as much HUD as I can handle please. I can always turn them off myself later. And an encyclopedia please, big as a truck.
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  • Shadow of Mordor is wise to focus on the baddies

  • Skirlasvoud 09/10/2014

    Agreed. Really like these guys and they often suprise.

    One time I stumbled across a remarkable specimen, who in a clear, deep, not at all gruff voice announced: "Nothing can stop the orcs when all of us unite." Followed up by a subsequent: "I will hunt you across all the shadows of Mordor."

    Whow you're awefully articulate and optimistic for a monster! I shall name you brave heart Orc once I get the branding skill and make sure you go places. Guy made an impression despite wearing a soup bucket for a helm.
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  • Catwoman gets re-imagined by Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura

  • Skirlasvoud 09/10/2014

    It's getting harder and harder to believe that this guy had anything to do with the excellent ff 7&8. I'll have the original please. The one who looks like a sexy alleyway thief like she's supposed to be, instead of cybernetic ninja. Reply +3
  • Destiny developer Bungie calls for Iron Banner feedback

  • Skirlasvoud 09/10/2014

    I'd say good show on that lower level player for taking down higher level targets through sheer skill... But I guess e- peen trumps that sadly enough. Reply -1
  • Total War: Rome 2 re-review

  • Skirlasvoud 09/10/2014

    I played Empire several years after release, after shogun 2 gave me an appetite for the series, and they must have managed to patch out everything that might have made me hate it. Might be because I get to play as my own country, but I loved it! Nothing wrong with the AI, pacing is fine and the multiple battle theatres across the globe a stroke of genius. Only dislikes were the predictable and endless aggression from certain Catholic countries and how inneffective artillery bombardment was. Had to take the time limit off.and fast forward for an hour to disintegrate entrenched positions. Tracking a storm of cannonballs through the sky sure was pretty though.
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  • Xbox One? "DayZ is definitely going to be a multi-platform title"

  • Skirlasvoud 01/10/2014

    "DayZ is definitely going to be a multi-platform title
    Definitly: Depending on how much money Microsoft is willing to spend on exclusivity to help their console out.
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  • Total War: Attila is your chance to save an empire - or end it

  • Skirlasvoud 25/09/2014


    You mean they actually got to fixing it?
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  • Skirlasvoud 25/09/2014

    They lack the armies they needs to defend their territories
    ... the armies they need to ....

    Carry on.
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  • Shinra Technologies is Square Enix's cloud gaming company

  • Skirlasvoud 19/09/2014


    I, and I can safely speak for a good many people, don't want FF7 remastered. We want SE to make FFs that are even better.

    Lack of innovation and being stuck in the unobtainable past is what is killing the company right now.
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  • Ridiculous AirVR headset straps a mobile device to your face

  • Skirlasvoud 18/09/2014

    The AirVR is the goofiest goddamn thing I've seen on Kickstarter since that Potato Salad made the rounds.

    *runs towards the kitchen*
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  • Final Fantasy 13 series is coming to PC

  • Skirlasvoud 18/09/2014

    Start with 9 Enix. Logical continuation after releasing 7&8 (Not that I'm not extremely grateful for that).

    Don't release the far worse received iteration, then bank out and list lack of popularity for not releasing the more classic titles that we all want, like 9. I can still remember you doing that over a decade ago when you suddenly didn't release 9 for PC while having done 7&8.
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  • Halo review

  • Skirlasvoud 07/09/2014


    I'm more amused by the fact that people are actually up and downrating 13 year old comments right now!
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  • Google refunding $19m to those whose kids bought in-app purchases

  • Skirlasvoud 06/09/2014

    I'm beginning to like the FTC.

    Mobile gaming developers are being unreasonable by stretching the definition of free to play beyond all recognition... the FTC goes unreasonable by going after everything with a fine tooth comb and bitching about everything. The two are made for each other. It's like seeing two nattering old ladies square off against each other. I'm not sure which set of laywers to root for.
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  • Cities: Skyline is out to satisfy where SimCity couldn't

  • Skirlasvoud 04/09/2014

    A retarded monkey with a commodore 64 would be hard pressed to do a worse job than Maxis did.

    Cities in motions had nothing on Simcity 4000 mind, but I'm happy there's somebody out there recognizing the slack so clearly and be willing to pick up on it. Really sounds like they have a good idea on what made the originals so great mechanically and they certainly have carte blanche from me to pilfer the older titles for insight.

    Here's hoping though, that they also manage the same camp and atmosphere of the olden days. The old maxis managed to make their cities feel alive through humor (newsticker), detail, persistent theme (Llamas) and the narration of advisers and the tongue and cheek feedback from the Sims themselves. There was a strong, coherent theme that drew you in.
    I'm cautiously pessimistic after watching that trailer. No doubt they can give us a city we can tinker with, but can they give us a world we want to play in?
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  • PewDiePie no longer allows comments on his videos

  • Skirlasvoud 03/09/2014

    TotalBiscuit did the exact same thing with the turning off the youtube comments, before "escaping" to reddit. Took two months before he ditched Reddit too.

    Good for him. He might get fewer views, but that's just the trolls abandoning ship.
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  • Intel Core i7 5960X review

  • Skirlasvoud 29/08/2014

    Technology can pretty much do anything it sets its mind too. Only question we should ask is: Is it feasible? Reply 0
  • Blizzard hires Hearthstone pro to help design the game

  • Skirlasvoud 29/08/2014

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  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to be demoed live on EGX show floor

  • Skirlasvoud 29/08/2014

    Wondering how much (but not expecting) our prior savegames will influence the Witcher 3. I feel like playing through the first and second part a few more times to get it sorted... Reply +3
  • Valve is being sued by Australia's consumer rights commission over Steam's refund policy

  • Skirlasvoud 29/08/2014


    The delivery of content is IMMEDIATE after you fork over the cash because it is available in your library a second afterwards, so in reality, you don't have a window of opportunity to do anything like that.
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  • EA offers a free 48-hour trial of Titanfall on Origin... again

  • Skirlasvoud 23/08/2014

    Played it, had a lot of fun with it, but eventually it didn't stick any more than any other of the dozens of forgettable games I risked money on during my gamer's life.

    That there's new DLC now and the implication that I'm "behind" on things, certainly doesn't pull me back in for a quick round.
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  • Here's a 35 minute The Witcher 3 gameplay video

  • Skirlasvoud 19/08/2014

    Not too impressed until I saw the ending. Couldn't care about how gorgeous the world looks. Gimme interesting characters and background! Reply +3