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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.
    Reply +1
  • 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
  • Hohokum review

  • Skirlasvoud 18/08/2014


    A decision easily made for the PC crowd: We only have Swapper.

    Would have loved seeing this on Steam.
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  • The Witcher 3 includes Gwent, a Hearthstone-esque card game

  • Skirlasvoud 15/08/2014


    "will be included in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for players on all platforms."

    Only difference is that Xbox gets two... which is weird, but I guess it's just to balance out the fact that people own half the number of Xbones compared to PS4.
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  • Skirlasvoud 15/08/2014


    Far as I can tell, all of this is just (collector's edition?) icing on an already delicious cake. I could remember my standard edition retail box of Witcher 2 being full of goodies as well.

    They're not aping anyone in the way that this is a spin-off. It's just free stuff to immerse you into their world.
    Reply +12
  • Ubisoft: only "vocal minority" complains about number of Assassin's Creed games

  • Skirlasvoud 14/08/2014

    vocal minority
    I hate that term. I bitterly resent any developer, publisher or third world dictator who uses it to marginalize critique. There's no such thing as a "vocal majority" when it comes to critique among customers since the majority of displeased customers will simply give up on a product instead of make themselves heard. There's no way of knowing a discontent "vocal minority" isn't a discontent "silent majority".

    I'd say that the moment there's enough discontent among the playerbase, when there's enough people taking the time to voice their opinion because they care - since apparently they've bought more than their fair share of sequels - for a developer to label these people merely a "vocal minority" that something has already gone wrong and stuff has hit the fan. You're just doing a half-assed PR job.

    That said, I don't care enough about Assassin's Creed series to care. I have discerning tastes and I buy of the series what I will. Part 1, 2 and Black Flag were pretty good. If Ubi wants to go Henry Ford on the series and churn more out, they can do so every week for all I care. I'll pick and choose them as they come along.

    That I occasionally buy your product DOESN'T mean that I'm part of your huge army of fans attesting to your overwhelming success and the righteousness of your vision, allowing you to brand your probably more loyal detractors as a "vocal minority" ubisoft, you jackass.
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  • If Early Access comes to consoles: Developers respond

  • Skirlasvoud 12/08/2014

    There was this article on Eurogamer a good while ago, about the gaming Dark Ages surrounding Atari and games like E.T. where all interest in gaming just suddenly collapsed because everyone and their dog made crappy games just to make a quick buck. It's on Wikipedia too

    This reminds me a lot of that.

    That might not be all bad though. I think the true pillars of the community will survive it (Personally hoping that Firaxis/CDproject/Playstation will and EA/Activision/Mobile gaming less so.) and if we collectively manage to survive the dearth of releases following that, there will come a time of new hope.

    After all, Bullfrog, NES, Super Mario, Gameboy and Maxis came to life after that.
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  • Dungeons 2 announced for PC and Mac next year

  • Skirlasvoud 08/08/2014

    Why are all non-indie developers gently skirting the issue?

    I just want a full-blown clone already! Fuck originally, copy paste the originals and slap on some this-gen graphics. Watch that sell out and THEN work from there.
    Why is there so little faith in builder-sims nowadays?

    *Sigh* It's not that I'm not glad that War for the Overworld managed to get funded, but I have a slightly bitter and worried taste in my mouth if we need to do it through kickstarter, instead of being able to rely on a Bullfrog, Muckyfoot or former Maxis. Big bad publishers aside, where did we go wrong?
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  • Steam beta adds 'hide this game in my library' option

  • Skirlasvoud 08/08/2014

    What I would like is to delete the name of certain titles from my main library list.

    Spiral Knights snuck into my library on piggy back as a "free" sample along with a game I was actually interested in. It's been polluting my library ever since and I've been forced to put it into a "junk" category.
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  • The new Settlers game is part city builder, part action RTS

  • Skirlasvoud 06/08/2014


    For the love of god don't give EA/Maxis any ideas! People capable of putting Nissan Leaf Recharge stations into their game are capable of anything.

    You've just given them the perfect pitch to team up with the US army recruitment office and add exactly that as an advert.
    Reply +1
  • Unsubscribe?

  • Skirlasvoud 02/08/2014

    It might not be fashionable to admit it but, on console at least, EA has met an impressive threshold of quality in recent years.
    That's a god damn stretch Martin, with all the bugs (BF4), story driven games taking a nosedive (Mass Effect/Dragon Age) and classics butchered like dear old grannies attacked with cleavers in broad daylight (Simcity).

    I think the font of this article needs to be changed into this:

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  • Titanfall: Frontier's Edge review

  • Skirlasvoud 01/08/2014


    Or you could take off your tin foil hat and just accept that Eurogamer is anxious to get its hands on whatever snippet of news it can.

    It is a news and journalism site after all.
    Reply +19
  • BioWare trailer teases new project, possibly named Shadow Realms

  • Skirlasvoud 01/08/2014


    Like in the 11th hour? Boy that takes me back 20 years in gaming history. Wasn't afraid to punish you for making the obvious bad, sexualized choice either.

    Reply +1
  • Watch and absorb the entire lore of Warcraft

  • Skirlasvoud 28/07/2014

    Oh god the Dutch accent is killing me. Maybe it just bothers me because I'm dutch myself but I sometimes I have trouble understanding him. Reply +1
  • Gods Will Be Watching review

  • Skirlasvoud 28/07/2014


    Nothing wrong with 16-bit visuals. They can definitely be an artistic choice, not a sign of laziness or creative poverty.

    Next time someone comes up with a game like this where graphic gore, death and torture have a justification through theme, I insist on 16-bit visuals.

    Same as with Papers Please, where the style made everything suitably nasty and gritty.
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  • Skirlasvoud 28/07/2014

    I already said as much in the forums and for the most part, I agree with this review.

    I love the ideas, but kind of hate the execution. I don't think it achieves what it set out to do, but then I'm not entirely confident that I know what that was in the first place.
    That realization hit me too right away. However, unlike the reviewer and after my initial disappointment, I immediately tried and somewhat managed to understand the game at least mechanically and I've managed to gain enough enjoyment from that to give it a 6/10. This might be a bit harsh.

    While some of the consequences of your actions are clear, others feel like they happen at random.
    The methods of torture used seem to be chosen at random, and one of them is Russian Roulette. Yes, it's entirely possible to have one or both characters die, failing the chapter, completely at random.
    I'm the kind of guy that whips out a pen and paper whenever the game befuddles me and I can promise you that a lot of these actions aren't as random as you might think. With the hostages for example: After giving it enough time, I've noticed that the hostages also react to things like failed hacking attempts (with rebellion) or even to firing at the guards (panic). You can also narrowly escape a rebellion a dozen times by ignoring them, but being nice to the three guys that almost panick is an instant failure when even one of them is ready to pounce.

    And yes, the Russian Roulette thing is the one true thing that's completely random (inside an otherwise predetermined routine mind you), but oddly enough this was the only tool that after neatly figuring out how to survive the entire jount and the most grizzly tortures on paper, that still managed to get a kick out of me and made me deeply empathize with what was on-screen. Didn't bat an eyelash being tore in two on the rack or getting an arm lobbed off since I know how to avoid that, but damn if that gun didn't made me turn away and close my eyes every frackin time. Its been a long time a game made me do that.

    But do hostages that detailed truly add to the situation? And why are their random failstates in a game I've learned to play as a spreadsheet system, even though those are sometimes the best moments? Should they be? Can I truly feel for characters I've seen die and resurrect more times than I care to count? (Even though I still really enjoy seeing these characters getting fleshed out under such bizarre circumstances.)

    All of it is simply too disjointed.

    I still think there are moments of brilliance though. The concept sounded really good on paper and some of the systems work brilliantly, even though not unified enough to create an end-product that I can recommend or understand.

    If Gods Will Be Watching can be compared to a failed product other than a game, than it would be a wrongly crafted piece of jewelry where all the gemstones poke haphazardly out of an ugly clump of gold.
    I just wish someone would take note of the design and not the result, to create the game that I would have liked Gods Will be Watching to be.
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  • Watch this parkour team go Assassin's Creed over Paris rooftops

  • Skirlasvoud 23/07/2014

    Bet none of them is female though. :P Reply -1
  • Video: World's Fastest Pizza is a stuffed crust Hotline Miami

  • Skirlasvoud 22/07/2014

    You need cleverness and subtlety to make bizarre work like Hotline Miami did. This game is nothing like it.

    I would have alt-F4'd it three seconds into those annoying loading screen telephone calls.
    Reply +1
  • Yogventures dev to "dissolve" following Yogscast-backed project failure

  • Skirlasvoud 22/07/2014



    So the announcement was literally about misspending your budget and looking to other people's money as the solution to everything.

    Captain Hindsight would be proud.

    So how did this managed to get funded again?
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  • What the FAQ?

  • Skirlasvoud 20/07/2014


    Good point. I think that's what the article was getting at with the last paragraphs too.

    Wonder if Damir Kolar still writes FAQS, or if he moved on to wikias.
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  • Skirlasvoud 20/07/2014

    Used to use Gamefaqs a lot. They were still relevant to me when this article came out in fact. However, I've completely supplanted their knowledge with those of wikis when I can since the rise of the latter in the last couple of years.

    I usually only need a deeper understanding of game mechanics that the manual failed to provide. A neat, one page summary with pictures does a lot better at that, than skimming a long list of text that sorta spoilers the main game by telling me exactly what to do.

    I'm playing Civilization 5 right now and googling up or Carl's guides with "Civ5 iron" for looking up the resource value of iron, is just so much easier than pinpointing it in gamefaqs.
    I can also be more confident that a wikia's information is up to snuff, with the pages administered by the thousands, rather than just a single fallible person.

    I'd still like to shake the hand of guys like Damir Kolar. Good times back when I needed a walkthrough for Monkey Island's difficult parts and I might still when I boot up Grim Fandango for the first time.
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  • You've got male

  • Skirlasvoud 19/07/2014

    I was about to object to this:

    So there's no real reason why pretty much any game character couldn't swap gender, or race, without impacting whatever passes for a story.
    I don't belief greater strides in gender equality comes from simply swapping genders. That Femshep was hailed as the greatest thing since sliced bread irked me a lot.

    Fortunatly for me, the article seems to match my opinion more closely with this:

    It's not just about taking a male character and making them female.
    Though I'm confused by this:

    using her gender to inform that story, but never letting her be defined by it.

    I belief that females should be characterized as female by doing and thinking characteristically female things. Mothers don't act the same as fathers, female leaders act different from their male counterparts and most women have a different perspective on violence, relationships, suffering, aesthetics, ego and so on. The difference are subtle enough not to elaborate on, but all of them together is what makes a female character recognizable by her gender and not just have her be the step-in to the male with oogly bits as a bonus.

    I feel that not having that affect their behavior is a large oversight that diminishes them in their own way. However, yes, the moment they do create a character nuanced enough to actually *be* a female, immediately make that fact unimportant and let her lead the story in her own right.

    If that's what's meant, than I think this is the best gender equality article on here yet.
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  • Finally there's Areal prototype game footage

  • Skirlasvoud 18/07/2014


    "peacock bear" :D
    It's what happens when the cockatrice and manbearpig get together over a bowl of pea soup.

    I also would have accepted the pigatrice and mancock soup as outcomes, but only if the father was decidedly more manpigbearish than bearmanpigish.
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  • Kickstarter-funded Yogventures canned, backers given Steam key for another game instead

  • Skirlasvoud 17/07/2014


    No, I don't know what all the words mean, or else I wouldn't have asked. :P Notice the question mark at the end.

    It's the reason I stay away from stuff like this. Too much uncertainty and toying around with the definition of words. I'd rather wait until a reviewer can simply break it down to me in terms of a 10 point scale.

    Thanks for elaborating though...
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  • Skirlasvoud 17/07/2014


    Yes. Kickstarter's Terms of Use require creators to fulfill all rewards of their project or refund any backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill. (This is what creators see before they launch.) This information can serve as a basis for legal recourse if a creator doesn't fulfill their promises. We hope that backers will consider using this provision only in cases where they feel that a creator has not made a good faith effort to complete the project and fulfill.
    I don't get it. They haven't been able to fulfill the most basic reward in backing the product: an actual game. Doesn't that mean that everyone should get refunded by those terms?

    What a mess. I'm glad I stay away from betas, alphas and early-access titles, let alone kickstarter projects.
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