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  • Can Star Wars: The Old Republic ever live up to the promise of its incredible trailers?

  • Skirlasvoud 21/10/2016


    As far as I can tell, the expansion content is added at the end of managing the vanilla stuff. In other words, get to lvl 60 and only then Fallen Empire and Ethernal Empire content applies. So, don't worry about the expansions.

    If you're interested, I'd reccomend just getting the original for free and on a free account and putter about the main storylines to see how you like it.

    Only the advanced MMO stuff like customization, raids and crafting are stuck behind the paywall. Just enjoying the story is perfectly viable without a dime spend.
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  • Skirlasvoud 21/10/2016

    Haven't we been over this? The original Old Republic had some of most drop dead gorgeous trailers ever seen as well. Got me to play the original for quite some time.

    Look at how that turned out though. Gross overestimation of the amount of players, server compression and me losing my damn character names. :evil: For that last fact alone, I refuse to go back in again. I'm only setting myself up for putting too much time in MMO characters, starring in a game with limited life expectancy and vapid prospects. I'm better off focussing on single player games that really can give me a proper story experience, without compromising it due to MMO limits.
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  • Red Dead Redemption will finally be playable on PC, via PlayStation Now

  • Skirlasvoud 20/10/2016

    So I'd basically be renting the game on my PC... with the possibility of a 7 day trial...

    I'm okay with that if that means I have access to Playstation titles! Heard really good things about RDD1. Can't wait to try it.

    EDIT: Oh my god the service has Journey! For PC? Can it be true? What's the angle? Gimme gimme gimme!
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  • Samsung pulls YouTube video of GTA5's exploding Note 7 phone mod

  • Skirlasvoud 20/10/2016

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  • Stars align for Diablo 4 reveal at BlizzCon

  • Skirlasvoud 17/10/2016

    With Chris Metzen gone, I really hope Diablo 4 returns to some of its Diablo 1, maybe even Diablo 2 Gothic roots when it comes to storytelling and atmosphere.

    Diablo 1 had some of that lovely "Darkest Dungeon" or "Dark Soul" feeling to it before those games even existed. Then Vivendi's Blizzard stepped in and went "Those Blizzard North guys? They don't write good story." and we ended up with B-Movie grade villain taunts, bad guy exposition, cults of corruption and typical good vs evil cliches.
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  • You can play as a pigeon in Battlefield 1

  • Skirlasvoud 14/10/2016

    Wonder if, during this serene moment of top down perspective over the carnage, I can strafe bomb the Boshe and leave them with a solid white splat of yesterday's lunch on their jacket. Reply +3
  • FIFA 17 is injuring the hell out of players

  • Skirlasvoud 14/10/2016


    Yup. Was just about to mention this being a perfect example of a publisher tweaking gameplay mechanics towards the in-game microtransaction shop to hustle a few more pennies out of their fan's pockets. Wes clearly set up the article with the "card" mention to imply just that, rather than accusing directly. Disgusting behaviour that really shows the danger of in game purchases.
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  • Battleborn's first story DLC is out now

  • Skirlasvoud 14/10/2016

    If only they had put this much dedication into Colonial Marines. Reply +3
  • PlayStation VR hasn't tamed VR's strangeness

  • Skirlasvoud 13/10/2016


    Agreed that gaming is a privilege. It's not the point though. The point is that the barrier to entry into privileged bog standard gaming is low enough that that many people can enter it, be profitable and can evolve through that. The barrier for entry into VR is high enough that it - within a privileged hobby - becomes a privilege into itself and probably will deter enough people into never really becoming as much as a thing as people would like to believe.
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  • Skirlasvoud 13/10/2016

    @RolandJones Yeah, Jim mainly used the phrase as a goof.

    I'm happy you're able to afford your goggles and are able to afford you're having fun with them. No derision is implied.

    The point made is that there might not be enough people who can follow in your footsteps to make the VR a true revolution.

    Might cut that bit away from my comment.
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  • Skirlasvoud 13/10/2016

    Still think there's a dangerous difference in perspective between those who can afford VR, have the room for it, have the lust for new tech and thinks it's the next revolution in tech set to arrive 2016, and those who don't have the money, space, option, tech savvy/love or interest. While I can respect the excitement of the former camp, there's too many people in the latter.

    This tech will only grow as fast as its number of adapted and I think it won't quite get there for another few years.

    Agreed again, with Jim Sterling calling then privilege goggles. All the power to people who can afford both paying for them and using them, with no derision intended, but the barrier to entry might be too great for it to be a well supported tech revolution.

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  • Why I'm glad Overwatch's fun new horde mode is just for Halloween

  • Skirlasvoud 12/10/2016


    It's not based on a subscription model, so amount of active users don't matter.
    Next thing you'll tell me Quake Arena doesn't have the playerbase it used to. Quelle surprise!
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  • Today's probably the day for Overwatch Halloween loot boxes

  • Skirlasvoud 11/10/2016

    Yeah baby!

    I've been stuck on lvl 200 and refusing to play Overwatch any further for 3 weeks now. When the Halloween event hits, I'll be in loot box heaven for the next 20 rapid levels and reeling in those skins! :evil:
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  • Dungeon Keeper (the good one) is free to download on PC

  • Skirlasvoud 07/10/2016


    Like many games in that era, it was designed for both Windows 95 and DOS actually. I cheated a bit. That screenshot is actually from the original Windows 95 version.

    The actual KeeperFX mod for whom I couldn't find a screenshot looks a lot better actually. The lighting is really good!

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  • Skirlasvoud 07/10/2016


    Check out my post above. It actually begins to look very passable with the upgrades and thanks to its feeling of style over graphics, I find it ages better than DK2 did. The KeeperFX program allows you to turn the graphics WAY up. 800x600 looks clean.
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  • Skirlasvoud 07/10/2016


    Yeah, but that's not the one offered for free right now, remember? :P

    Man Dungeon Keeper 2 was different. Bullfrog added a lot more cheese and camp, but I liked how much more detailed everything looked and the added strategic element. Smaller armies though, smaller maps...

    I'll still go with Dungeon Keeper 1 over 2 though and with the updates to the graphics I hint at above, it actually stands the test of time much better than 2 did.

    The old game had just so much more style and a bigger variation of creatures. 2's impersonation of evil was a Saturday morning cartoon villain, 1 actually had that "wrongness" vibe to it, with the darkness and the Epic Music. Strangely enough I'll also take DK1's mistress over 2's. The one in 2 was a hip, mortal pop culture reference to light BDSM. The one in DK1 was a dark, dangerous looking shadow without any visible skin; like a bathtub of latex had come alive to put on lipstick, run around on legs with claws the size of daggers. *shivers* but would still prefer DK1's mistress in my dungeon. :p

    And DK1's map was awesome! The idyllic lands slowly turning to ash was design brilliance.
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  • Skirlasvoud 07/10/2016

    good one, the one made by Peter Molyneux's
    That is such a weird sentence fragment, I had to read it thrice.

    Hurrah for EA I guess, though I already had the GOG version.

    If you do check it out, don't forget to use alt-R to make the game look better! I'd also really recommend Startopia, which has aged much better.

    EDIT: There's absolutely no difference between the Origin and GoG version. Both run the DOS version on DOSBOX, which is a minor shame since the Win95 version of the game had a smoother and a better resolution. That's the only advantage EA and Origin could have had, but failed to adapt. Can recall doing furious run arounds a year back to get the best looking version to work myself, but failing. Oh well, game's still a good'un. Highly reccomend checking it out.

    EDIT2: FINALLY figured out a way to run the GOG/Origin dungeon keeper with updated graphics. It's rough, but doable. Download KeeperFX version 0.4.6:
    Unpack, run the launcher inside that directory. It will ask for an original installation. Point it towards the DATA folder in your Origin Installation, or the DUNGEON KEEPER GOLD directory in your GOG installation.
    Copy the Music ,which are the keeper02 through keeper07.ogg files in the our GOG/ORIGINS installation, into the KeeperFX music directory. In Run Option inside the program, select "Music Files" instead of CD option.

    Presto! The best graphics possible. Everything looks much smoother and cleaner now.

    It goes from this:

    To this:
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  • Overwatch team working on two new heroes and six maps

  • Skirlasvoud 06/10/2016

    I heard one of the new heroes is called Sombra. *Nods Sagely* It's one of those little tidbits you pick up on after Blizzard cockteases her for 3 straight months. Reply +5
  • Overwatch dev Blizzard settles it: Roadhog's hook attack isn't hitscan

  • Skirlasvoud 05/10/2016

    I've always understood it as something of a travelling wave that you throw out from you.

    That said, hooking people and them appearing next to you is annoying.
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  • Sony PlayStation VR review

  • Skirlasvoud 05/10/2016

    @blarty Cheers! Reply 0
  • Skirlasvoud 05/10/2016


    Reviews are only ever one's personal experience . If the reviewer felt sick, then that goes in there. You yourself already seem smart enough to know what your own experience will be like through inference.
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  • Skirlasvoud 05/10/2016

    Just to be clear here eurogamer: is this the kind of review you could have slapped a "recommended" or "essential" sticker on, but didn't? Reply +7
  • Developer suing Steam users drops case following financial difficulties

  • Skirlasvoud 03/10/2016

    Twats. They tried to weaponize the law against any and all criticism to silence it.

    For the first time ever, I'm happy that money speaks in American law and DigiHom lashed out at someone with deeper pockets than them. It's hilarious how they resort to literally any other excuse besides seeing their own fault to play the victim.

    Meanwhile, Jim Sterling is still effectively silenced since he can't dismiss court cases as quickly as Steam can. Ho-hum... He must be happy that DigiHom dug its own grave and just now buried itself within though.
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  • Jelly Deals roundup: Attack on Titan, Virginia, Shadow of Mordor, and more

  • Skirlasvoud 02/10/2016


    Unfortunatly, the world of PC users exists out of two black and white camps:

    Those tech savvy enough to adBlock, and those not tech savvy enough to use adBlock.
    And ad company's like Taboola are insidious enough to try and slither their way into any crack in between. I'd like to turn acceptable adds on, but Taboola then pops up again like a cancer, since it pays Eurogamer and the standard AdBlocker very well to creep in with any inch given.

    (Ublock Origin seems immune to bribery).

    So yeah, there's a very distinct line drawn because of that. Either you Adblock EVERYTHING, or you put up with Taboola. Meanwhile, to make up for it, advertisement increases its aggression against those not savvy enough to use adBlockers or those giving it any leeway, only deepening the battle lines.
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  • Skirlasvoud 01/10/2016

    Blatant advertisement, but it's okay in this format! As long as you keep marking this series with a recognisable name and put in a little effort on the text, this is the only advertisement on the site that'll get through to me ever since you allied with Taboola and I was forced to adblock everything. Hope it earns you a profit Eurogamer. I won't mind doing some shopping through you guys. Reply +12
  • XCOM 2: Yes, it's harder, but you also care more

  • Skirlasvoud 30/09/2016

    @varsas Cheers for pointing me too it! Looks really interesting. Reply 0
  • Skirlasvoud 30/09/2016

    XCOM is now essentially a terrorist force
    We prefer the term "rebel". :P

    I really hope the next iteration will be the one where aliens and humans have integrated into a single society and you lead one small faction out of a dozen, tasked with maintaining peace in an increasingly dystopian society, gathering funds from corporation and maintaining order.

    I think the old third sequal to the franchise did the same.

    EDIT: Found it! It was called XCOM:Apocalypse

    It had an alliance system between corporations and even a political system. It was basically Syndicate meets XCOM, where you're a glorified police organisation maintaining order, while the alien threat tries to infiltrate the high-tech mega-city you're trying to defend. Sounds, really cool! Make it happen Firaxis!
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  • Firewatch is getting a film adaptation

  • Skirlasvoud 26/09/2016


    I suspect the disappointment in lack of a proper end in Firewatch, is only because it's a video game. In a game, you expect a certain amount of interactivity and user control. When the ending isn't what you wanted, you're left wishing you had more of that control to change it. It's in-congruent.

    In a movie, where you're restricted to passive witnessing, you're more able to just accept what happened and are willing to embrace the ending's sentiment.

    I didn't think FireWatch ending was bad. The game starts with you being helpless despite your choices (dementing wife) and the game folds away as everything you did being pointless thanks to life's demure bullshit. It doesn't make for a very rewarding game...

    But as a movie? Yeah, I can totally see that work. Regarded as a passive story, that kinda set-up actually carries strong narrative themes. As a game, it just adds that little layer as you realize that your choices REALLY WERE pointless and that you're as helpless as the protagonist was, even though paradoxically, it doesn't make for a good game. It did impart its point on the audience better than the movie can, if that still makes any sense.

    tl;dr Firewatch is an awesome narrative experience that is made an even better narrative experience by being a game rather than a movie, even though that makes it a weaker game and a better movie.
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  • Games of EGX 2016

  • Skirlasvoud 24/09/2016


    I've my doubts about Yooka-Laylee. To me it just seems like an open world playground / collecta-thon without any further gameplay than that. Don't ubisoft have that patented? I mean, if that's an actual thing or genre that people enjoy than more power to them, but I'm not quite getting it from the trailers. Maybe it's just not my cup of tea...

    Agreed though, Yooka-Laylee looks fantastic! I can tell a lot of love went into it.
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  • Skirlasvoud 24/09/2016

    EDIT: Fixed since I complained. Ta Eurogamer!

    I don't to be down on 2016 or anything
    I don't want to be down on 2016 or anything

    he's been framed with an assassination
    he's been framed for an assassination

    (Unless the assassination itself was used to frame him for another crime)


    Bloody hell Eurogamer, between this and the Titanfall US resturant article, you've let things slip and I'm not even a native speaker!

    Guess I can't blame you lot though. It is EGX. You must be dead tired.

    Really looking forward to Dishonored 2. Thanks for bringing PikuNiku and Tokyo 42 to my attention. They look and sound lovely!
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  • Failbetter Games announces Sunless Skies

  • Skirlasvoud 24/09/2016


    I'll excuse indie developers like Failbetter for resorting to kickstarter.

    You and I both will raise an eyebrow if EA tries to crowdfund the next TitanFall though.
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  • Skirlasvoud 24/09/2016


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    I'll pay you 500 euro per night.
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    Jezus Christ these bots are beginning to drag down the site. Crap like this is reserved for the forums!

    Who the hell upvoted?
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  • Skirlasvoud 24/09/2016

    I absolutely adored Sunless Sea, but I never got that far. In between all the reading, choices and quest lines, it must be one of the most energy and concentration intensive games in my library.

    I really should kick myself in the bum and get to finishing it before Sunless Sky comes out.

    ... Also, could it not be Sunless Skies? Sunless Sea was a masterpiece, but I can only pootle around darkness for so long, before it gets a bit dreary. Bioshock Infinite was such a exciting change of pace because it was all bright and colourful, yet still carried the same themes. If they're going to set Sunless Skies in a 2D isometric game again, I'd be hard pressed to tell the difference between a Sea and a Sky if both are dark, murky and filled with islands.
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  • Earn entry into Titanfall 2 multiplayer mode at US resturant

  • Skirlasvoud 23/09/2016


    Titanfall 2 multiplayer mode unlocked by eating at US resturant
    What's a US resturant?

    Is... that an English word I've never heard before?
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  • Destiny players are reviving an old Omnigul exploit to level-up in time for the Rise of Iron raid

  • Skirlasvoud 23/09/2016

    Oh Destiny, please don't ever change. This player base vs. developer exploit race/evolution continues to be hilarious. Reply +11
  • Big changes are coming to The Division

  • Skirlasvoud 23/09/2016

    This game is still alive?

    Man it really went out like a silent fart into the night's sky. Being remembered of its existence was kinda shocking to me.
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  • British FIFA YouTuber charged with promoting gambling

  • Skirlasvoud 20/09/2016

    @RSX901 Right now these asshole streamers of ANY nationality, because they have through youtube and credit cards, coverage of the entire globe, potentially reach an audience of 6 billion people and encourage mainly kids to gamble. I'm not applauding the fact that this particular youtube asshole is a brit.

    However, what IS british, is that it is an an agency in the UK is the first one in the world to say: "Oi! Mate! Your little Youtube gambling company is located on good old Blighty shores! Wanna get a gambling license for that so we can regulate?"

    They probably could've gotten away with it anywhere else in Europe or the USA, because agencies there are still scratching their asses, figuring out how to handle it. Not so in the UK though. Through some combination of that people's culture, history, lawmaking and relationship to gambling - and say what you will of any of these - at least they're already capable of taking legal action against youtube assholes because of it. (I've been in England. They really are very tight on it because it's everywhere.)

    I think that's worth a little consideration. I'd almost wish my country's gambling was better regulated so we could stop them youtube assholes. I wish any country was. I wish we'd all follow Britain's example on these practices sooner rather than later if it means taking down Youtube assholes.

    Besides, most people here are British. Anything positive towards Britain automatically gets upvoted. :P
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  • Skirlasvoud 19/09/2016

    Wooohooo! Go United Kingdom!

    Round of applause for the Country.
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  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will not support PlayStation 4 Pro features

  • Skirlasvoud 19/09/2016

    See nay-sayers? You might have gotten a dumbed down PC version in the name of console parity at release, but CDProject still goes the length eventually to give you the superior PC experience.

    They're awesome.
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  • Recore review

  • Skirlasvoud 13/09/2016

    Whow, weird one to describe then.

    Reading the review, I get the sense it's hard to reccomend, but easy to like... at least when you're willing to see the game for its merits.

    I'm getting a good vibe of the text though. I'll likely check it out, despite its shortcomings.
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  • Blizzard story overlord Chris Metzen retires aged 42

  • Skirlasvoud 13/09/2016

    Interested in who they're going to replace him with and if the hammy and cliche'd storytelling in most Blizzard games will improve because of it. Don't get me wrong, Blizz's brand of sentimentality is some rich, grade A cheesecake, but it has gotten a bit tired. The dichotomy between good and evil is like day and night, with the villains usually even taunting the hero in a B-movie kind of way. Bit of an American pantomime. Ollie's article describes it really well and the man had lots of passion for that sort of thing.

    Never really caught on to why people like the Story in Blizzard games so much. I think they're confusing good story with the great gameplay they're so engrossed by and need a good dose of Tolkien/Stormbringer/Starship Troopers/Alien to figure out why its flagship products are so derivative. Think the Warcraft movie, the lack of story in Overwatch and even Titan proved that much and might even have contributed to this decision.

    Anyway, best of luck to the man. For what its worth, he did a hell of a job dressing up their quality Blizzard games with all sorts of gorgeous and colourful set dressing.
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  • Sunless Sea writer signs up for BioWare project

  • Skirlasvoud 12/09/2016

    Their work can only improve because of this addition. I thought the Last Court, the add-in to Inquisition, was more interesting than DA3 itself. Reply +1
  • DF Retro: Crusader: No Remorse - another Origin Systems PC classic

  • Skirlasvoud 11/09/2016

    Mechwarrior 2 really did feel like a massive shift. I was still a young child when I can vaguely remember lazely putting floppydisks in a massive, churning beige hulk to play god knows what 8 bit games to indiscriminatly pass the time.

    Then suddenly, CD's happened in the form of 7th guest and Mechwarrior 2 and ever since the latter, I've been fully aware of my history as a gamer, with a good recollection of what came afterwards. Mechwarrior 2 was sorta my awakening.
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  • Life after console generations has one big upside

  • Skirlasvoud 07/09/2016

    I don't like that the consoles can now be upgraded... and that opinion is coming from a strictly PC player!

    Used to be that I could rely on the consoles to set the pace of gaming requirements. Witcher 3 isn't going to ask for a Titan or GTX 1080 on PC if the consoles can't handle it, so for every new console generation I'd upgrade my PC with the parts I could rely on to hold me over for and rival their entire generation without fuss.

    I fear gaming has now gotten more expensive not only for console players, but me as a mid-entry PC player as well. Won't be long now before we're going to have to argue hardware with the console people and where will our glorious PC master race position go to then?
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  • Peter Molyneux's new game The Trail gets stealth release in the Philippines

  • Skirlasvoud 07/09/2016

    A Molyneux product released with such little fanfare that Eurogamer has to dig it up? Holy smokes maybe Peter learned his lesson in humility and not whoring himself out over media. Reply +2
  • Nintendo lawyers jump on No Mario's Sky parody

  • Skirlasvoud 05/09/2016


    And yet, the same problem applies. Some tiny combine of people slaps together a goof, using your art, for which you haven't given permission.

    Do you seriously expect major companies to just hand out licenses to these kinds of get-ups? Officiate them, just because there's some sort of moral obligation to do so brought up by people like you, argueing complete freedom of expression, regardless of creator rights?

    Rubbish. Before you know it, modern internet will turn everything into a meme without any culutural signicance wahtsoever. You'll bring about the downfall of any sort of serious creative agency, direction and motivation.

    Companies have the right, especially in a case like this, to defend and/or withhold their trademark.

    I'm can agree with an opinion holding that there's the real risk of abuse, but I'm not at all on board with this whole "what's the big deal, just give everyone a license" malarky. Licenses exist for a reason and the internet doesn't have an automatic right to one.
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  • Skirlasvoud 05/09/2016

    Ah, sorry for the fervent response then. Hard to tell on text if a question is meant to be genuine.
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  • Skirlasvoud 05/09/2016

    All culture, Nintendo games included, builds on what went before, and Nintendo could easily let something like this continue to exist subject to whatever conditions they chose to impose. But instead, like a jealous selfish toddler, they'd rather just lash out with the most destructive option.
    Problem is, if they allow one person some leeway on the trademark, then they give others legal precedent. Slowly but subtly, their control over the trademark will loosen if they allow that to happen. By law, Nintendo are pressured to defend it, because if you think they're acting like a toddler, then you haven't met the rest of the internet, with its crappy steam greenlight, early access or basement build meme /lulz baby's first project games yet. They will see that finger given and feast on the opportunity like a swarm of piranhas.
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  • Skirlasvoud 05/09/2016


    How is it a parody? Terms like Satire and parody get bandied about WAY too often as a flimsy excuse, while they really aren't. What about Mario does it cleverly mock? There's not enough work or intelligence put in to constitute a parody or satire.

    If anything, it's a No Man's Sky parody, with Super Mario Assets. That's a no-no.
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  • Pokémon Go, mid-life crisis and me, by Ellie Gibson

  • Skirlasvoud 03/09/2016

    My God, Ellie! You wrote something that isn't just for the lulz, using hopelessly circuitous story constructs to meme off celebrities or use left field humour that is so out of bounds it might as well be Mars. What you did here is create an interesting, self-deprecating article at entry level that a great many of us can relate to on a deeply human level ( well, me at least. Fuck exclusion and everything following primary) , and is actually funny to top it off! This is easily your best work yet! Keep it up. You're amazing in this.

    And those photos! Marry me gorgeous!
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