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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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    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: MDK revisited - a PC game quite unlike any other

  • 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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  • Verdun review

  • Skirlasvoud 02/09/2016

    I was lost and confused when I started reading. What are the first two paragraphs?

    Eggs? Cheese? Concept? Confusion about things existing? I think Jon Denton may have mixed up his grocery list and notes on last night's weed induced fever dream with the reviews. The hell is happening?
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  • Virgin Media wants you to buy its "boss-mode level" broadband for gamers

  • Skirlasvoud 31/08/2016

    *Eyes Virgin Media suspiciously*

    As long as you don't narrow it for everyone else. We've been over this Net Neutrality thing already and gave you provider types a resounding no.
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  • When bass fishing features go wrong: a cautionary tale

  • Skirlasvoud 27/08/2016

    Sounds like you needed a bigger boat.

    Thanks for that Keith. Humerous weekend morning read.
    Reply +2
  • Here are Overwatch characters reimagined as dogs

  • Skirlasvoud 26/08/2016

    Roadhog as a bulldog
    Soldier 67 a Border Collie
    Reinhardt a Saint Bernard
    Winston a Labrador
    Pharah a German Shepherd

    My god the possibilities!
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  • Watch: Why I'm not sticking with No Man's Sky

  • Skirlasvoud 25/08/2016

    Jim, nail, head

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  • London's burning, London's burning - in Minecraft!

  • Skirlasvoud 25/08/2016

    Utterly cool. History meets modern technology in a way that kids might want to engage with.
    Indeed, before they become cynical adults who are only into match on tinder.
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  • Japan's Prime Minister just rocked up to the Olympics dressed as Mario

  • Skirlasvoud 22/08/2016

    @MrTomFTW I'm not a mario or sonic fan, but I would have negged you for being so down on the olympics while it's country and organisers just let down their hair in a brilliant display of goofy fun.

    I'm not letting you talk shit in the comments section of an article where the prime minister of Japan climbs out of a sewage pipe dressed as an Italian plumber. :p
    That's like commenting the drinks of a party where Angela Merkel sitting on top a bear on a unicycle on a tightrope, while she's juggling chainsaws, are a bit shit. Live a little!
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  • Skirlasvoud 22/08/2016


    I've been replaying SimTower - which was made by a Japanese guy - and the really adorable foreword in the manual of that game kinda answers why the Japanese don't go all "this is our history and culture" on us during the olympics.

    Can't remember the exact wording but the blurb was:
    "People like to think of Samurai and Shinto shrines when thinking of Japan, but these things are as removed and distant from a modern Japanese society as they are to a Western audience. I wanted to make a game we could all relate to."

    In this examples the creator of SimTower went on about skyscrapers and waiting for annoying elevators, but I think the spirit of it applies to the Japanese Olympics.

    Japan is a Western, modernised country and in the spirit of things, chooses to share the spirit product which unifies the most of us behind what we know best. Kinda sweet.
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  • Unpacking Overwatch's charming new Bastion animated short

  • Skirlasvoud 20/08/2016

    Typical slice of Blizzard's sentimental cheesecake, but I enjoyed it for what it was worth.

    I'm impressed they included the German flag on the soldier's uniforms at 5:21 and 5:24. I was half expecting another " 'Murica, fuck yeah! " moment.
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  • No Man's Sky's first post-launch patch is out now

  • Skirlasvoud 19/08/2016

    "Even though less than one per cent of players have raised support issues"

    How quickly these indie developers put on big boy pants and marginalize their product's flaws with the same skill as Ubisoft and EA would have.

    One percent is all it takes you shysters. A far higher percentage might also have the same issues, but haven't bothered reporting it; maybe because reports of said issues are already all over the damn place! Your customers aren't your last minute QA. Players aren't obligated to report stuff with the kind of statistical accuracy you can then proceed to turn into positive PR. This does not help your now blemished reputation, at all.

    Has anyone experienced a planet like what was presented during the E3 2014 demo?
    That was 2 years ago. Not really fair.
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  • Blizzard changes Overwatch "gg ez" messages into something very different

  • Skirlasvoud 17/08/2016

    Only "gg ez" gets you this easter egg? Really?

    I've had plenty of people use "ez" after a match. THOSE annoy me, but THOSE don't count? I've never had trolls use "gg ez" together. This is next to useless.
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  • Here's exactly when No Man's Sky unlocks on PC

  • Skirlasvoud 11/08/2016


    Very true, but I was responding to Ironsoldier whose wording of "NMS may possibly be worth a punt just to see what the quality of the port is like" didn't strike me as someone who had already pre-ordered. Buying just to refund seems a bit of a time waster in that case.
    Reply +5
  • Skirlasvoud 11/08/2016

    Bah, we've got Port Reports from TotalBiscuits or any number of review sites to gauge the quality for us. Why go through the hassle of buying only to get a refund? Steam checks that kinda shit you know, to stop you from being a repeat offender.

    Again, if it's some 50% off before Christmas, I might be game. From what I've seen coming out of the PS4, by no means is it worth 60 euros. I'm not even sure what the hell they're thinking, other than they're banking on people's pre-order excitement. I've got subnautica scratching my survival itch for a fraction of that.
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  • No Man's Sky players meet in same spot, but can't see each other

  • Skirlasvoud 10/08/2016

    @riceNpea Let me also admit I'm splitting hairs here. Considerably, and this is also coming from someone who has very little invested in it and really shouldn't bitch as much as I do. And although you can argue whether NMS is revolutionary, it certainly does quite a few new things that are complex/difficult to explain and give it some leeway.

    The fact however remains, no matter how small the distinction, is that Murray has been abusing that leeway up to a point where we finally caught him in a bit of a lie (see Tagem's gif). He said you could do something you actually can't, no matter how you interpret it. He got a finger and tore off the arm, all in a likely attempt to generate a lot of hype, just like Monyleux.

    I see your point. Careful reading of his words would have inoculated you against false expectations, however, I don't like it! I haven't been following NMS as close as others. I'm an idiot. Murray willingly let the buzz spin out of control with white lies and obfuscation and if I didn't have the grey tinted goggles on like I always do, he could have fooled me. Anyone here should be able to admit he could have been more honest, more transparent and given better answers, but he didn't.

    You can either shrug at it and claim it symptomatic of the gaming industry, but for the love of god don't be that guy acting like Murray is completely innocent.

    My wrath isn't so much directed at NMS, it's directed at hype in general and the people who excuse it up to a point where they deny its existence, or claim others should have been smart enough since its the norm. Maybe I'm an old fuddy duddy or an idiotic idealist, but for whatever my ramblings are worth, I'd like to counter balance that opinion wherever I see it, putting me at odds with the "it was perfectly clear all along if you do some selective reading!" folk.
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  • Skirlasvoud 10/08/2016

    grassyknoll wrote:
    Both quotes from Sean Murray, one from official documentation. That's the very opposite of vague.
    grassyknoll wrote:
    Your examples are fucking idiotic and multiple posters have showed you materials & quotes that prove you are wrong. Maybe it's not a game at all but a bag of scorpions.
    Developer Hello Games has been inconsistent in its messaging
    Yu-huh, nothing vague or inconsistent about Murray's quotes and materials. Might want to check if your copy of No Man's Sky won't morph into an actual bag of scorpions tomorrow.

    Hyperbole aside, I'm glad I waited and stayed cynical. Like I said, there's a lot of smoke and mirrors surrounding this game - or in other words, hype to jack up the prices - and I'm taking my time for the smoke to settle so I can see the strings and be capable of judging it fairly.
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  • Armello is coming to Xbox One this month

  • Skirlasvoud 09/08/2016

    I played this game. Single-player quite a bit, not so much multiplayer.

    The art and atmosphere are amazing, but a game one game only consists of 9 full turns and its very luck dependent. Those two factors together I feel, didn't make for a very balanced game. A single card or piece of equipment can make or break the board and there's a lot of min-maxing involved if you want to counter that aspect of the game. Kinda clashes with the amazing world they've build that I usually just want a leisurely time with to experience and craft my own story.

    Wrote a Steam review about it:

    Regardless, I WILL get the DLC if its decently priced and single-player it a bit more.

    I recommend people check out Gremlins Inc. instead if you just want a good boardgame. It doesn't have the looks or the richness of Armello, but I feel it's better designed digital board game. It also has karma, politics and money mechanics, but the competitive RNG is a lot fairer and the setting suitably cut-throat.

    Armello for the story and atmosphere that is best played Single-player, Gremlins for a thrilling round of multiplayer.
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  • Our No Man's Sky review will be late, and here's why

  • Skirlasvoud 08/08/2016


    Well if a media spokesman for a game said it and printed it on official PR documentation, it must be true!

    Meanwhile, the trailers of Alien: Colonial Marines perfectly reflected the end product, Monyleux is a down to earth visionary and tmartn and syndicate clearly disclosed their ownership of CSGO lotto.
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  • Skirlasvoud 08/08/2016


    I don't know if that's a good or bad thing. :P It's the only way a game that size could possibly work I guess. I'm ambivalent I guess.

    Thing that concerns me most is that it's impossible for the game to have an infinite amount of creations. Certain things, randomly generated, simply don't make sense. It's just like Spore having a a limited amount of pre-made stuff and relying on the playerbase for everything else.

    Sure they can brag about large numbers, but there HAS to be repetition and a finite amount of things to discover eventually, no matter how many quadrillion planets they have.

    There ARE smoke and mirrors in there and I'd rather they come clean before I buy it. However, the longer I have to wait because of this delayed review bullshit, coupled with the unavoidable finity of the game that can only grow worse from day 1, irks me.
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  • Skirlasvoud 08/08/2016


    In Spore, the game only concerns itself with where you are and a small area around it. It's like the world doesn't exist where you don't have any vision. When you reenter an area, the game regenerates it fresh. Only when you personally make an adjustment, are those differences saved locally.

    Then there's this video on No Man's Sky:

    That's assuming of course, the guy is right. Also note how he starts with "there's a lot of confusion"

    Notice certain similarities?
    Only difference is that there's an actual possibility of other players in No Man's Sky.

    Oddly enough, the idea behind the workings of No Man's Sky aren't all that revolutionary.
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  • Skirlasvoud 08/08/2016


    For a person to ignore a thing, the thing had needed to enter into the person's mind to be ignored in the first place. Last time I checked, the studio's creators haven't knocked on my door, given me a phonecall, or send me an e-mail for me to ignore. I simply don't have that info.

    Thanks for explanation Grassy Knoll. As someone who hasn't done a study towards it as you apparently have, this is new information.

    Mind that even if I had done a study, they're not half as transparant as you think. This is from a journalistic gaming article less than a month ago:

    Is No Man's Sky a single-player or multiplayer game?

    This isn't that simple to answer completely, largely because Sean Murray of Hello Games, creator of No Man's Sky, has been a bit vague about it himself.
    They haven't even said if consoles and PC share the same servers for goodness sake. The guy makes a second proffession out of being vague and the opposite of transparent. I'm still not sure how instancing works, but so far it sounds a lot like Spore.

    I will continue to wait until mainstream reviews give me an idea, rather than me doing a day long study on it... :\ So far they've put up a lot of smoke and mirrors, purposefully.
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  • Skirlasvoud 08/08/2016


    MMO: Massive multiplayer Online.

    No Man's sky: It's massive, it has multiple players and you need to be on-line for it.

    Is there something I'm not getting? Can I play No Man's Sky without an internet connection and in a galaxy with no one but me?
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  • Skirlasvoud 08/08/2016

    @lexlaureijssen1 Sky is different. Other classics I can pick up at any time and it's fine. With sky I feel like there's a lot of pressure to be first in. Even now the day one patch notes say that there will be a lot more player collision. MMO's already suffer from a drop in value after launch, with a community thinning down, but in No Man's case, it tells me that it's an MMO exploration game on top of that, where the later you come in, the less unexplored terrain there is. In other words, the game devalues with time, more than any other game does.

    Day one is THE time to get into it and with this retail price, the devaluation over time and this little information, No Man's Sky will have to work extra hard to get me to play it for the price point in the only period that matters.
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  • Skirlasvoud 08/08/2016

    I'm not budging an inch until the reviews are in and it's absolutely bloody essential, 9 or 10/10 across the board.

    Take your time!
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  • Watch: 6 gaming dishes we'd really like to try

  • Skirlasvoud 06/08/2016

    Wanna try SuperMario shrooms and I have an odd fascination with papyrus's spaghetti in Undertale. Reply +1
  • Watch: Reigns brings out your inner tyrant

  • Skirlasvoud 05/08/2016

    And you do all this by swiping left or right?

    It's like Medieval Tinder.
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  • Pokévision creator issues impassioned plea to Pokémon Go boss

  • Skirlasvoud 03/08/2016

    The ability to track the location of Pokémon through the app itself will come back as microtransactions since it skips grinding.

    Watch the world burn if that happens.
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  • No Man's Sky dev pleads fans not watch gameplay leaks

  • Skirlasvoud 29/07/2016

    I'm not big enough of a fan that spoiling it for myself matters. Maybe like this I can finally construct a good enough idea of what it is about.

    So far, this smells very Godus to me.
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