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  • Video: Introducing Low Batteries, a series about mental health and gaming

  • Skirlasvoud 26/08/2015

    That's some deep stuff you're delving into Johnny. Applause. This is the kind of thing why I visit Eurogamer. Glad to see you being such a great addition.

    I'm not feeling too chipper at the moment, but I see myself gravitating towards clicker games or small, not too involving indies. I actually want to get rid of that. I see it as symptomatic of getting stuck in a rut and not doing anything worthwhile. When I feel down, I should be playing Witcher, Final Fantasy, Valkyria Chronicles or something else more cheerful. Some of those games have shaped my ideals and perspectives, given me hopes and dreams. They made me feel and feel alive. It'll probably do me more good than the... idle mindfillers that I'm currently occupied with.
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  • Angry Birds developer Rovio to lay off 260 staff

  • Skirlasvoud 26/08/2015

    I'll say it again:

    Not putting all your eggs in one basket is a lesson that Rovio should have learned from its own product.
    Reply +1
  • Watch 15 minutes of Dying Light's The Following expansion

  • Skirlasvoud 26/08/2015

    @wertps3134

    He probably wants it in bold, so he can justify his spending habits.

    Season Pass... hah!
    Reply +7
  • The Phantom Pain is unlike other Metal Gear games

  • Skirlasvoud 24/08/2015

    I approve of early impressions ahead of review.

    It allows Eurogamer to get some early traffic in, without rushing the review and lowering quality.
    Reply -3
  • Into the wild: inside The Witcher 3 launch

  • Skirlasvoud 20/08/2015

    @Alex_Star

    +1 , not because I agree, but because I respect your opinion. Many a times a massive open world game was just too out of focus and big for me to handle. Only reason I persist with the Witcher is because of the love of the setting.
    Reply +2
  • A great explanation for how oldschool graphics worked

  • Skirlasvoud 20/08/2015

    @NotToday

    I felt so smart after I watched the video and somewhat barely comprehended what they were saying.

    Then I scroll down the comments section and see a whole legion of people like you discussing it like basics. :P

    The comment section sure is humbling today.
    Reply +6
  • Video: Can Sublevel Zero bring back Descent's greatness?

  • Skirlasvoud 19/08/2015

    Can Sublevel Zero bring back Descent's greatness?
    I'm not sure, but DOSBOX and GoG.com can!

    Whenever it's the goal of any product to "bring back" something that can still be accessed, then I'm not sure if it'll ever be better.
    Reply +1
  • Promo: 300,000 free Steam games up for grabs!

  • Skirlasvoud 17/08/2015

    Turned to the comments section after it demanded Facebook access, expecting that I was the only one who found that intrusive.

    You guys are really restoring my faith in humanity. Thank you. It gives me the courage to one day delete my facebook profile all together.
    Reply +24
  • Why I will never call video games a hobby

  • Skirlasvoud 15/08/2015

    Zombie games tell us we live in a society that is worried about disease, war and immigration.
    Really? Zombie games tell me that we have an an unoriginal, cookie cutting gaming industry, where people make due with zombies as game enemies, because scripting and walking in a straight line towards the player is the easiest AI to program for, although I'm not sure that counts as the sort of cultural expression you were thinking of.

    Nice piece and I agree that to a point that games are a reflection of us as a society - I'm certainly more attracted to the high-brow stuff - but you lost me there and you might be looking into this too much.

    If video games are that much of a reflection of society to you by the way, then don't go on steam green light or early access. :p It'll rip your soul out through your anus and rob you of all hope and faith in humanity.
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  • Witcher 3 mod tools released

  • Skirlasvoud 14/08/2015

    @IronSoldier

    Hahahaha. True that. ;-)

    Wait till you try Batman Arkham Knight.
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  • Skirlasvoud 14/08/2015

    @mega-gazz

    I'll immediately agree that they need to stop with false advertising as an industry. For that reason alone, I was happy guys like you and Ironsoldier were loudly protesting what happened, even though I sometimes made fun of it.

    I still personally think however, that CDProject was the wrong target.
    What they did, showed either pure necessity (to keep up with the industry), or laziness (not putting in the effort to discontinue previous higher end footage), but not malice or deception in my book.

    We're getting a polished product in an age of hasty releases, they're continuously trying to upgrade their product for our enjoyment way beyond which any publisher would have, free DLC where everyone else is trying to squeeze every cent out of us, mod support where others would have greedily held onto their IP...
    Meanwhile, you're heckling them for something that everyone else is doing.

    It's like mother Theresa coming on stage and people calling her a selfish bitch for not being vegetarian. :P

    You are right though, but I still think there's better targets out there. Taking a shot at CDP is rather cheap, especially where other publishers would have shrugged it off and CDP actually cares. Not sure the added vinegar is necessary. ;-)



    Either way, good to know you're enjoying the game.
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  • Skirlasvoud 14/08/2015

    @IronSoldier

    Well, at least it's some small consolation that the downgrade means your rig won't need to be as high end. ;-)
    Reply +2
  • Skirlasvoud 14/08/2015

    @IronSoldier

    You enjoying Witcher IronSoldier ;-) ?

    Wondering if you're the sort to let the downgrading/advertisement debacle sour an entire game for you. I was one of the first to admit you had a point, but how's forgiveness coming along now that the game is truly wonderful?
    Reply 0
  • Skirlasvoud 14/08/2015

    @Simatron3000

    That's your opinion. I'd agree with it since nothing can match the amount of quality and integration into the world of the stuff that the developers did themselves.

    Absolutely no reason why others shouldn't get the opportunity for more enjoyment if they're into that stuff tough.
    Reply -2
  • Our first look at Batman: Arkham Knight's 1989 Batmobile in action

  • Skirlasvoud 14/08/2015

    Dax Ginn
    Brand Marketing Producer

    uuhhhmmm.... bias?


    "You guys have done a fantastic job.... yet again a fantastic job."

    Bias?

    "Joining me on the couch now, are some of the best looking guys from rocksteady studio."

    Bias.

    "Harry is renowned as something of a master..."

    Bias!

    *Excited Squeels during the fight scenes* "This is so intense!"

    BIAS!

    "This is some seriously sinister design work..."

    BI..... oh forget it.


    People actually fall for this enough to get them excited?
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  • Guillermo del Toro doesn't want to make another game

  • Skirlasvoud 14/08/2015

    Poor del Toro... loved his movies. Now we'll never know what he might have contributed to gaming. If P.T. is anything to go by, that's a shame. Reply +16
  • Video: How does base building work in XCOM 2?

  • Skirlasvoud 14/08/2015

    Awesome. Love the increase focus on your little antfarm base with specific ants with skill/personality. I've got Fallout Shelter and even better and more related - Cosmonautica - to hold me over until then.

    It's true that the worlmap thing was kind of boring in XCOM. It wasn't exactly Total War where I was always glad to back to the global map for some macro strategy after every tactical victory in the field. Sounds like they're on the ball this time!
    Reply +1
  • Spelunky true ending speedrun sets a new world record

  • Skirlasvoud 13/08/2015

    D Tea makes the teleporter look like cheating, but it's all too easy to misjudge its distance and teleport into a wall resulting in an instant death. It's rather amazing that this never happens given how many close calls D Tea has.
    When someone miraculously gets lucky a hundred times or cheats death a million, it's not luck or cheating anymore. It's skill. :P

    Never played it or really into Spelunky myself, but hell, the video is just 6:45 long. I'll enjoy giving it a quick watch.
    Reply +6
  • The 7th Guest's fan-made sequel reaches $40k Kickstarter goal

  • Skirlasvoud 13/08/2015

    @chrisweitzel

    You're him/them/Attic Door?

    Awesome!

    I'm sure that as designers you have a better idea of what you do and I can't really explain it either since it's just a feeling, but if there's one more thing I can leave you with:

    Despite me bringing up the fact that 7th's story progression was all over the place, it definitely had its charm too. Although Stauf was the big bad, you never really could pin down what gave 7th it's vibe. Everything just had oodles of atmosphere.
    Why was there a clown in the game room? What was up with the mysterious floating lady in the hallways? Who are you exactly? The kid? A spectator? How did Stauf kill his guests? Was it magic? Is there magic? Are they even dead? Were they ever real, or just phantasms living the same thing all over again? Maybe they were always dead and Stauf invited other ghosts. How do the short cuts work?

    In the end, I don't care. The game even now, continues to boggle my mind in so many ways that I didn't even bother to apply logic to it and just accepted that everything was just presented with so much artful charm and atmosphere that I'm willing to accept and love it. The environment suddenly turning into a puzzle? Sure, roll with it.

    Anno 2015 the acting, animation and effects wear thin, but otherwise...

    You can afford to be vague chrisweitzel. Very vague. I claim that I want to know how it ended... but not really. If the final puzzle is looking at the mansion and folding it into nothingness like a puzzle, after which the game simply ends and Tad never really existed? You can get away with that. Just make sure the rest stands the test.


    Also, the quiet, puzzle atmosphere is great to introduce people to something other than first-person-jumpscares. Things can be subtle. I always remember coming back to 7th's library and saying: "This is my safe room", with the music and puzzle solving book and all, away from the creepiness of everything else. You can leave people to wander what's out there. Not scare them, but leaving them on edge.


    Enough of a rant though. :D You can tell I was a fan.
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  • Skirlasvoud 13/08/2015

    @RSX901 Nopra. :) Reply 0
  • Skirlasvoud 13/08/2015

    That video hits me right in the childhood Nostalgia so it's cleverly done. Everything he says, right down to being one of the first games I've played and and it creating an emotional impact because of the atmosphere and (at the time) latest in interactive technology are spot on.

    Attic door needs to be careful though, much like many nostalgic kickstarters. I've recently replayed the game through GOG and even with the original I got off feeling disappointed. Is THAT what made such an impression on me? The acting is cheesy, the scary moments no more horrifying than cheap ghosthouse trills and the effects look cheap and even the rather simple plot manages to get confusing because the storyline is all over the place. I'm not really sure what is happening to half the characters. It was all very impressive to me as a kid, but doesn't stand up to adult scrutiny.

    I expect better of the 13th doll, not the same.

    They're also pushing into a crowded market. I mean, I'm not into greenlight, but Jim Sterling is and the poor guy is drowning in sloppily made horror games set in old abandoned mansions and mental asylums.

    The 13th Doll will also be set in an abandoned toy store and a mental asylum.


    :|


    I'm so hoping it's good though. Like I said, the original was all over the place and I'm desperate to know how it ended.

    And whatever Attic Door does, it can't get worse than the 11th hour, which suddenly infused Aliens and a sub-par soap drama outside starring a whole lot of characters outside of the mansion I couldn't care less for. This is why I lost faith in the original creators.

    Please be good! It seems Attic Door has the right idea.
    Reply +1
  • Skirlasvoud 12/08/2015

    @RSX901

    The last and final, most important door in the 7th guests was the attic door. This is why they're named as such: an Homage. Plausibility or other developers have nothing to do with it.
    Reply +5
  • ESL to test pro Counter-Strike players for cannabis use during Cologne tournament

  • Skirlasvoud 12/08/2015

    Yes, of all the hardcore stimulants and drugs that these kids could use, let's emphasize on something relatively harmless like Weed.

    This sounds like an Americanism to me, where people are more passionately concerned about legalizing medicinal weed and ivy-league students getting their hands on a joint, then the literal metric fuckton of harddrugs passing through the poorer neighbourhoods and the widespread use of performance enhancers in big sports.

    :rolleyes:
    Reply +3
  • Everybody's Gone to the Rapture review

  • Skirlasvoud 11/08/2015

    That first paragraph just made my day. Before I go on to the rest of the review, let me just turn to the comments section and say: Bravo Mr. Donlan. Bravo. That was the most enjoyable clutter of sentences I've had the pleasure of reading in quite a while.

    ...a nimbus of impedimenta...
    Please do go and rant about random words more often. Things.
    Reply +12
  • Skulls of the Shogun is getting an animated series

  • Skirlasvoud 08/08/2015

    That video does... not represent the atmosphere and vibe that made the game so enjoyable for me... at all.

    It's like putting Batman in a sitcom or turning Journey into a war documentary. Something here does not compute.
    Reply +2
  • Crusader Kings dev goes boldly into space with Stellaris

  • Skirlasvoud 07/08/2015

    I'm suffering from oversaturation of the theme. Beyond Earth, Starships, Galactic Civilization, No Man's Sky, Star Citizen, Elite: Dangerous, X-Rebirth, Eve, Limit theory.

    The pretty pictures of spacecraft zipping through nebulous star systems don't quite do it for me any more. Even the mechanics have started to blend. I'll wait for let's plays.
    Reply -4
  • Intel Skylake: Core i5 6600K review

  • Skirlasvoud 06/08/2015

    "The CPU upgrade you've been waiting for?"

    AMD for life y'all!

    I can't resist the plucky underdog.
    Reply +2
  • The Taken King makes huge and important changes to Destiny

  • Skirlasvoud 05/08/2015

    @TheMasterJeef

    Standard practice that there are different for different regional markets.

    The United Kingdom isn't quite the same country as less economically developed places like Tanzania, Poland, the United States or Greece. Hell, I'd argue that the entire Eurozone is a step behind the UK. When I moved to London, I payed 1.27 Euros for my pound. That's now up to 1.44 Euros.

    I'm thinking of sending my relatives back in the Netherlands money. I'll live like a king when I get back. Norway and the UK are the places to be right now.
    Reply -4
  • Cambridge researchers design game to treat schizophrenia

  • Skirlasvoud 04/08/2015

    @PaddyFodder

    I actually checked the article out Paddyfolder. If you want to know how modern science works, check comment above.
    Reply 0
  • Skirlasvoud 04/08/2015

    @spekkeh

    Published? Eurogamer doesn't mention THAT anywhere, so I dug it up:

    http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/370/1677/20140214

    In a nutshell though (after a cursory 10 minute skim), the app basically borrows its design from already scientifically proven software designed for big clunky computers.
    The study however, isn't so much about whether the software works (which I'm sure it does), it's about the high drop-out rates from patients using that prior software on unpopular hardware.
    The study's results for the main part don't measure improvement of schizophrenic patients, but how enjoyable the patients thought the new smartphone app to be, or in other words, stick to the treatment provided by already proven software in new packaging and therefore expose themselves to the treatment.
    In this way, the app can sorta be inferred, more or less to help schizophrenic patients.


    I'd be outraged how badly the essence of this research has been finagled between study and press blurb... but honestly, that's just how academia roll and I would have done the same. The more press attention (cites) your academic article gets, the more weight you have and the more prominent you are. And that's versus commercial industry, who will try to burry us beneath billions of dollars, manufacture doubt by repeating the experiment with far greater sample pools and slightly different set up while blackmailing and harassing independent scientist whose studies might inconvenience them.

    I'm studying the misrepresentation of pesticide lethality surrounding bees in scientific literature right now. The closer I can get my title to be something like "THE PESTICIDE INDUSTRY IS ACTIVELY TRYING TO EXTERMINATE ALL BEES AND STARVE YOUR CHILDREN!" while still trying to get away with it, the better. And I can, actually, sorta, with some creativity. For a good cause and all that.

    *Sigh* When did science become this?
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  • Skirlasvoud 03/08/2015

    @PaddyFodder

    To be fair Paddy, neither the article or Cambridge acts like it is proper science. It's just the fact that Cambridge and Researchers are mentioned in the same articles that it may *appear* like science, but that onus is on the reader. Other scientists can tell. ;)

    "which may improve the lives."

    "the team speculates"

    "cautious about their results"
    Reply +3
  • Skirlasvoud 03/08/2015

    @PaddyFodder

    I work as a Toxicologist and 20 animals per group is just about what the industry feels is ethically responsible. Takes a lot of fudging and uncertainty factors to get the statistical power up to what can still be considered a science. You'd better pray that your standard deviation isn't all over the place.

    You're right though. Unless they're putting those 22 people out of their misery afterwards, 22 isn't much of a sample size. :lol:
    Reply +1
  • 450 Halo 5 Pink Mist Edition has an actual Needler gun

  • Skirlasvoud 04/08/2015

    Awesome! I have rats in my kitchen and there will be nothing more satisfying than watching the critters evaporate in a mist of...

    What do you mean I can't? It doesn't actually fire needles?
    *Looks at pricetag and back again*
    What do you mean it doesn't fire actual needles? What else does it do for 450 pounds?

    LED lights and in-game sounds
    Holy.....
    Reply +4
  • Bungie ditches Destiny's Dinklage dialogue for Nolan North

  • Skirlasvoud 04/08/2015

    @riceNpea

    Approved!
    Reply +8
  • Skirlasvoud 04/08/2015

    @ahrmon

    EDIT: WOW you guys are sensitive. Your nerves need not to be that easily struck kids.

    Says the man in a butthurt response to negs.

    I don't know... Northbot doesn't have the same ring to it as Dinklebot. Can we keep calling it Dinklebot?
    Reply +12
  • Jon Blyth on: Clicker Heroes

  • Skirlasvoud 01/08/2015

    I've only just recently managed to emphasise with John. My poison is AdVenture Capital. Not quite a clicker, but it is an idle game. It's the kind of game where I calculated that if I come back in 4.5 hours, I hope to have enough money to buy an upgrade that will make the progress bar tick down 10% faster. An hour before I go to bed, I want to restart and turn my progress into angel investors. Then I'll do everything over again, but 10x faster. Then when I wake up, I'll roll in money again.

    It's creepy, insidious and it feels like capitalist adventure now occupies 10% of my subconscious.

    Luckily as a gamer, I have other, shorter lived poisons. The Swindle almost made me forget.
    Reply +2
  • Video: The Batman: Arkham Knight easter eggs you probably missed

  • Skirlasvoud 31/07/2015

    I liked how Joker and the Feargas sometimes played with your perception of the city's billboards.

    One billboard portrays a gentleman putting a diamond necklace on his lady. "You'll always remember your first."

    Blink and it suddenly becomes Batman wrapping a piano wire around the joker's neck. "You'll always remember your first." (as in kill, which Joker is fond of mocking you with in none too subtle way.
    There's more, but that one stood out.

    Joker and Mark Hamill are STILL the best part of this game.
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  • Batman: Arkham Knight mod lets you play as Alfred

  • Skirlasvoud 31/07/2015

    Butler. Taking out the trash is in his job description. It would explain who succeeded batman after the game.

    4:40 is especially cool. Reminds me of a mix between XCOM:EU's thin men and a Terminator.
    Reply +1
  • Tropico 5 rules Xbox One spring 2016

  • Skirlasvoud 30/07/2015

    "Tropico 5 features a number of improvements to its long-standing formula and there's a lot here to like,"

    Though eventually, none of the games are vastly different enough from their direct predecessor to warrant a purchase. If you already have Tropico 4, you're safe skipping it.
    That, and the amount of DLC released by Kalypso is rather staggering.
    Reply +3
  • Now it's got Steam Workshop support, is Knights of the Old Republic 2 worth returning to?

  • Skirlasvoud 29/07/2015

    @jabberwocky

    "Plan my attack"

    Quoted for Truth. I miss that in most modern bioware games. When I started playing Dragon Age 2 and even SW:The old Republic - yes, the MMO - I actually spend 15 minutes looking for a way to queu up attacks.

    Screw hammering the numeric keys or twitch responses. What's wrong with leaning back and have a sip like a battle-savvy commander while everything plays out?

    It actually decreases some of the grind and the animation were good enough (shoot me for saying this) to be cinematic. Yes, I was happy sitting there with my arms crossed for a minute, just watching the lightsaber duel play out and watching the glowsticks hiss, twang and flow. I never got tired of that.
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  • Fallout Shelter's Android release date set for August

  • Skirlasvoud 25/07/2015

    @Farzlepot

    But it looks good while it's something we can't have yet! Goes double for me since my Iphone couldn't run it. Forbidden fruit!

    It could be a shiny but empty candy wrapper for all I'm concerned. I just want it!
    Reply +1
  • Skirlasvoud 25/07/2015

    Awesome. My little old Iphone couldn't handle it, but maybe bluestacks on my computer will! Reply 0
  • The Amiga is 30 years old today

  • Skirlasvoud 23/07/2015

    "Dear readers of a certain age..."

    God this article makes me feel old.

    "That's right. It's time to think about mortgages, kids and getting married"

    Now this article makes me feel horrible.
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  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC "interim" patch planned for August

  • Skirlasvoud 22/07/2015

    @JamesBrophy

    I'll take the free season pass to be honest.
    Reply 0
  • Skirlasvoud 20/07/2015

    I got REALLY lucky with my PC rig (AMD FX8350 + Nvidia GTX970) and I managed to finish Arkham Knight rather smoothly 3 days ago on it.

    It's kind of all right. Has a few stand-out moments, but it doesn't quite live up to Arkham City. People aren't missing out on TOO much.
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  • You wore Fallout 3's Presidential Metro train on your head

  • Skirlasvoud 22/07/2015

    @Zioman

    4chan thought it was an NPC. PC gamer uncovered that it was actually the player.

    Which is perfect, since even mentioning 4chan debases us all.
    Reply +14
  • Video: Five old WoW hands try to remember how to dungeon

  • Skirlasvoud 20/07/2015

    I love Nostalgic Oli Blizzard articles.

    Oli Blizzard reviews with a score not so much, but those seem a thing of the past.

    Nothing wrong with or better than a passionate fan and a competent writer/producer coming up with content he's passionate about though.
    Reply 0
  • AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB review

  • Skirlasvoud 19/07/2015

    @zackeyvel

    If by read you mean skip to the verdict since I can't understand all the tech talk leading up to that point, then yes.
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  • Should you install The Witcher 3 patch 1.07?

  • Skirlasvoud 18/07/2015

    @Paul_Denton

    Experienced? CDP experienced? They made the Witcher series, games 1, 2, 3 and perhaps a spin-off, all on their own engine. That they managed a project this size and got it running the way they did at launch is... either a miracle or the work of some really passionate individuals overcoming inexperience.
    Reply +11
  • PewDiePie talks money

  • Skirlasvoud 08/07/2015

    Whow, this video actually made me dislike pewdiepie less.

    The way he uses that whinny, high pitched voice to introduce himself curls my toes and let's be straight: you do care about money enough to do paid promotions Pew, but you're right. Others seem to care even more and anyone with the spine to read out negative comments about himself and not get defensive while admitting that certain things are certainly skewed unfair towards him gets one up in my book. Can't say I wouldn't have done the same things as Pew if I could get away with it.
    Reply +6