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  • Gorgeous nature-themed platform adventure Fe is launching in February

  • Skirlasvoud 11/01/2018

    Only the "Electronic Arts" label put me off. Otherwise it looks gorgeous! :D

    PC players should note that Fe will be exclusive to Origin on the platform.
    ... oh. Never mind.
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  • World Health Organisation now lists "hazardous gaming" as health disorder

  • Skirlasvoud 02/01/2018


    Might be because Sports and Social media are still social activities, or the former one at least getting you out of the house. Gaming has the ability to be far more insular.

    Like others have said though: WHO is rarely an agency out for witchhunts. They're just updating their lists. I bet Sports is already in there. Social media might be.
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  • Eurogamer readers' top 50 games of 2017

  • Skirlasvoud 01/01/2018


    Hahah! Hillarious misspelling fixed.
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  • Skirlasvoud 01/01/2018


    Nah, it's not about me. I was too late about even filling it in. Sadly, I have no stake whatsoever in this poll.

    I'm talking about stuff in general. If I see someone else walking up to a group of people, I'd speak up too if I think they're being slightly insulting, like I'm doing now.

    Still don't think it's altogether proper or wise for someone to claim other people's opinions are bland, even if you see them as a statistical group. I'd have picked my words more carefully.
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  • Skirlasvoud 01/01/2018


    It's hard for me to detect the positivity in your post. You're either being insipid and obvious ("It's a safe, homogonous list." Well d'uh.) and if you don't mean it to be negative, then there's a lot better ways to frame it like that.
    If I walk up to someone, telling them they have a very safe, very homogeneous opinion, then what are you expecting?
    I wouldn't be surprised to give them the feeling I'm either calling someone bland to their face, or acting like I have the more interesting opinion.
    That's not attitude. That's common etiquette and decency.

    And yeah, I edited out the quality part. The list is representative of something, but it's hard to phrase of WHAT exactly and it's not quite quality.
    If it is representative of anything, it's just the opinion of the EG readerbase and that's it. That's even more reason to have an opinion of an opinion and call it bland in nicer terms.

    Other than that, I agree with you on how to interpret the Staffers list. I enjoy EG videos not because of the games, but because of the personality of the staff coming through. It's just too bad that their list only became more valid after they released transcripts on the meeting in the bar. There isn't enough personality coming through when you don't get to see that. It's just a list. I'm looking forward to them releasing transcripts anually.

    Casts a new perspective on the harshness by which we treated their tastes too - even though I always took it to be just their personal preferences - but with both lists being equal and just personal opinions, just don't go around calling people's opinions bland and homogeneous, even if it is the results of statistics.

    Fuming, I do have to admit that part of me lashing out like this is caused by how I see this opinion compound a picture I had formed of you earlier because of your actions in certain threads (hand-wringers and you claiming the moral highground over others because your hatred of the bloody obvious was more direct than others), but that's besides the point.

    ... Happy Newyear Mister Tom and yes, HZD should be at the top...
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  • Skirlasvoud 01/01/2018


    "Very safe, very homogenised list."

    I'd say that when you throw a poll at a site frequented by serious gamers (e.g. not populist), I'd interpret the results as those of a bigger bigger sample pool, and with so many eyes, a better representation than the one that a couple of chums at the bar could come up with.

    But hey, if you think you're better than everyone else and that everyone should confirm to a single notion for controversy's sake (making the whole homogenization claim a bit Ironic), then you continue to be you MrTom. I'd have put my own indie titles at the top, but at least I'd (albeit begrudgingly) accept there's people out there, passionate about something else.
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  • Skirlasvoud 01/01/2018

    Whow! I'm delighted Sexy Brutale and Pyre are even on the list. Well done EG Readers! Reply +8
  • Eurogamer's Top 50 Games of 2017: 30-21

  • Skirlasvoud 28/12/2017

    It's important to remember that this list isn't an accurate reflection on the quality, fun factor, graphics, storytelling, gameplay, meaning, innovation, genre leading qualities, design or mechanics of games.

    This is a reflection on the tastes of the EG staff.

    In other news, the EG writing staff have horrible, horrible tastes. :p
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  • The truth about GodMode, the "World's First Brain Booster for Gamers"

  • Skirlasvoud 15/12/2017

    You put WAY more effort into researching this concoction, than its creators ever did Bratte. They just slapped together half a dozen ingredients that sounded scientific and weren't known to kill a consumer, off the back of a caffeine hit.

    In fact, as someone who did a masters into a field of biomolecular sciences, I'm impressed by the length you went into delving into scientific journals, considering things like controls, placebo effects and references.

    Good job making their claims a little bit less false. Seems you made a difference!
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  • SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition is stealing onto Switch this month

  • Skirlasvoud 13/12/2017

    A real gem this one!

    Think FTL mixed with X-COM, in 2D and whether or not you hit something depends entirely on your own aim, instead of the RNG gods.

    Also, the atmosphere and setting are really good. Firefly, meets Western, meets Steampunk, meets Vaudeville. Get em!
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  • Netflix doing a Choose Your Own Adventure TV show for adults

  • Skirlasvoud 05/12/2017

    Yes! Good to see the CYOA genre making a come back! Reply +2
  • Destiny 2 may not be giving you as much XP as you think it is

  • Skirlasvoud 26/11/2017

    So, THIS is how the tweak a game to be more of a grind and make in-game purchases more attractive. Reply +4
  • Growing up with and growing out of The Sims

  • Skirlasvoud 25/11/2017


    Easily the best two songs in the game:

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  • Skirlasvoud 25/11/2017

    Thanks for all the personal little touches you added to this article that I could relate to Vic. It really made this opinion piece personally gripping.

    Still got the Original Sims 1 disks. I've been thinking of revisiting those and their honest working-man's set-up bereft of redundant clutter.
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  • The Switch's special year is set to end as it began, with another 100 hour classic

  • Skirlasvoud 23/11/2017

    Also back are a mix of regional British accents which very in quality, but are better than the generic voiceovers of the last game.
    They vary in quality, not "very".
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  • Watch: Blizzcon reacts to Overwatch's sexism problem

  • Skirlasvoud 05/11/2017


    How are consoles any better? From what I've seen, people are just as toxic on Xbox and PS4, if not more so.
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  • Hob and Torchlight developer Runic Games has been closed

  • Skirlasvoud 03/11/2017


    "Hob", "Stories: The path of destinies" and "Torchlight" was what I'd point to whenever I wanted to convince myself unique single-player experiences are alive and well in the face of the market shifting increasingly towards on-line rubbish.

    I'm genuinely shocked by this. My gaming comfort zone has shrunk now! I'm worried for the future. :(
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  • Housemarque brings "longstanding commitment to the arcade genre to an end"

  • Skirlasvoud 01/11/2017

    the industry is moving more toward multiplayer experiences with strong, robust communities
    Urrggghh. Blech!
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  • The government finally responds to gambling in video games petition

  • Skirlasvoud 26/10/2017

    In contrast, where prizes are restricted for use solely within the game, such in-game features would not be licensable gambling. The Gambling Commission is committed to working with the video game industry to prevent gambling-related harm related to their platforms.
    Like philmatic stated, this bit is still worrying. The above will prevent a tMarting from reoccurring, but it won't actually prevent children from gambling on in-game items to keep up with their classmates in competitive titles.

    It's NOT as far reaching as I would've liked.
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  • Echo feels like the ultimate conclusion to Hitman

  • Skirlasvoud 24/10/2017

    @Dan234 I think the Clones are pretty much hostile to you from the very start, from what I've seen Johnny play. They'll try to approach and wrestle you to the floor.

    HOW they go about doing that, depends completely on you. If you shoot them, they'll shoot you and then wrestle you. If you run, they run up to you and wrestle you. If you sneak around, they'll sneak up to you and wrestle you. If you eat grapes, they'll try and tackle you, but get distracted by grapes.
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  • Skirlasvoud 24/10/2017

    I saw Johnny play this and it was an insta-buy for me.

    Don't much care much that gaming systems are just a tad on the bland side; just like Hellblade, it's just such a novel idea and concept. At the start of the lootbox era, this is where I want games to move towards - unique experiences - and I'm more than happy to put some money down for it.

    Is Eurogamer going to eventually review Echo Christian? I'd like it to have more exposure.
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  • NeoGAF offline after owner accused of sexual misconduct

  • Skirlasvoud 23/10/2017

    With the death of NeoGAF as an aggregate of information, I wonder if gaming sites such as this will step forward and start doing more of their own investigative journalism.

    Probably going to be a SLOW couple of news weeks until a replacement pops up.
    Reply +19
  • Activision patents matchmaking system designed to encourage microtransactions

  • Skirlasvoud 18/10/2017

    This is how we're going to head to the next great gaming market crash.

    I've jumped the AAA market a long time ago and there CAN'T be that many people in the mainstream customer pool who are willing to put up with it.

    Gentleman, it's been a privilege.

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  • CD Projekt Red: "This approach to making games is not for everyone"

  • Skirlasvoud 16/10/2017


    Which doesn't make the concerns or the subject any less valid. All those employee reviews are hard to ignore and if something's going wrong with a studio - especially if working conditions are deteriorating for the staff - then it's worth examining.

    I love CDProject. That doesn't mean the studio is flawless.
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  • Skirlasvoud 16/10/2017

    YongYea did a pretty unsettling video about this subject:

    If true - and I really fear it is - I hope that CDProject can pull itself out of the tailspin. Not being a massive, customer abusing publisher, might mean that the company lacks the infrastructure to tackle projects this big easily.
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  • Online petition forces government response to loot boxes

  • Skirlasvoud 16/10/2017

    @Doomspoon I think a pretty major difference between Kinder Eggs and Lootboxes in games, is how the Lootboxes are placed on a path of progression through a game. Ones that are often competitive multi-player titles. The experience is different and there's a purposeful addictive effect to them that's worse than a delicious chocolate egg.

    And before we start rambling on about: "Who cares, should've been smarter". People are inherently stupid creatures and government is here to herd them away from danger so that society can functions.
    If we drop all laws designed around keeping people safe, healthy and productive members of society, then everything goes to crap and as the costs associated with addiction and unhealthy practices rise, YOU will be the one suffering too.
    Be glad when someone takes steps not to ruin the neighbourhood you yourself are living in, just like someone attempts to stop publishers from ruining videogames.
    Reply +16
  • Ubisoft details South Park: Fractured But Whole's season pass

  • Skirlasvoud 13/10/2017


    The problem with the Season Pass is that I don't want to pay money up front for content I don't even understand yet.

    The problem with the DLC? Alright so admittedly that's my own short attention span. I RARELY get back to DLC when its released months after the fact, which is a shame. If I want the full experience, it really is better to wait until they release the GOTY.

    I've never bought games who promise post-release content in ye olden days either. Ironically, the publisher shoots itself in the foot whenever they promise more content later down the line when dealing with customers like me. If I know there's a more complete experience to be had through patience, I'll simply wait. Full-on Expansion Packs are the only exception I'll make, which let's be clear, isn't this. It rarely is these days.
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  • Skirlasvoud 13/10/2017

    It's just gotten a little harder to like Fractured But Whole.

    Maybe I should wait a year for the full game to release and all the DLC has been added into a GOTY. It's so hard to get back to a game when there's subsequent releases months after. My backlog's big enough. Hhhhhmmm...
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  • Are loot boxes gambling?

  • Skirlasvoud 12/10/2017


    Don't buy it. Simple.
    But you will tolerate the addition? Knowling people tolerate it, they've gained a foothold to simply ratchet up the incentive to buy it until you either need an iron will to resist, or the game become an unenjoyable grind.
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  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War review

  • Skirlasvoud 05/10/2017

    @OllyJ Should've been the subtext. Reply +1
  • The video game pacifists

  • Skirlasvoud 13/09/2017

    It's a matter of creating your own challenge. It's as simple as that. Reply 0
  • PewDiePie apologises for racial slur

  • Skirlasvoud 12/09/2017

    *Sigh* I guess compunction is a start, but I have absolutely no hope he'll learn. Like others have said, this isn't a singular mistake... Reply +1
  • Please Knock on My Door review

  • Skirlasvoud 12/09/2017

    @vichood I'm stable and seeing people. Thanks for asking Vic, and for taking the time to respond.

    I really like Eurogamer for its occasional consideration of deeper, more intelligent issues: how gaming relates to the human condition. Johnny's "low batteries" series for instance. I can tell you're in the right place working here. :) Keep it up.
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  • Skirlasvoud 12/09/2017

    Oh god...

    I'm afraid this game might push me over the edge, or worse yet, cure me. I'm really quite stuck on my depressive, anxious feelings. If I'm wrong about the world simply being a crapsack place and there's actually a ton of opportunities out there that aren't just hopeful illusions, than that means I've been solely responsible for my own loneliness. I'm not willing to accept that latter part, so I prefer believing that my friends really don't like me and that I really am a failure at work and there's little I can do about it since I'm rotten to the core.

    Yeah... that makes me feel better! If there's one thing worse than hopelessness, it's false hope. I might end up overestimating myself again and being an idiot.

    What that Shawshank quote again? Hope drives a man insane?
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  • Nintendo "strongly urges" you don't overpay for SNES mini on eBay

  • Skirlasvoud 11/09/2017

    Just like with the NES mini, I have absolute confidence in Nintendo's ability to supply enough units and all previous launches inspire that confidence. Reply +57
  • Firewatch dev threatens Pewdiepie video takedown, following YouTube star's use of N-word

  • Skirlasvoud 11/09/2017


    Everyone's to blame.
    People say there's never been slavery in England but what were Serfs if not slaves to their lord?
    Are you people seriously equating apples to giraffes here? That's like saying Napoleon is exactly the same as the Mongol Horde, because both tried conquering Europe. There are similarities, yes, both the apple and a Giraffe are living beings. It's only the differences that are important however.

    The circumstances of any historical event, do not equate directly to any other. It robs whatever lessons we could learn from it, entirely of their point and context.

    Serfs aren't the friggin same as black slaves! It entirely misses the context of the racist, social AND economic elements in both.

    Just because Black Kings sold their people, doesn't free White Rulers of the responsibility of purchasing them. Not only do we ALL have to be better than that, but it's ALSO not the same thing.
    First of all, very obviously: One of them is a seller, the other is a buyer. Not least of all, black slaves weren't treated the same way by their own Black people, as they were by White owners.

    That alone gives it a completely different dynamic, and BOTH sides need to draw completely different lessons from it.

    Going around in ANY attempt to make them basically just the same, completely robs us of our ability to learn and improve and is completely asinine. That tells me you just don't WANT to learn, or accept the past for some bizarre reason.
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  • Skirlasvoud 11/09/2017


    You really didn't read the rest of my post, did you? Or watched the video about the Boer wars? Just picked out that part, added random info and used your mantel as sage to act like you're right and disregard the rest?

    The Brits and the Dutch used it as a Derogative term too. Any other European in a position of power, did the same.

    You don't justify shipping people around like that simply because you've identified them with a neutral Latin term like a piece of luggage, and it therefore being okay. You ship them around because you identify them as being less then human.

    The only reason why we de-segregated faster than the US, is because we relied less on their subjugation. Just because we have the luxury and were a few decades ahead of the US, doesn't mean we can pat ourself on the shoulder as being superior to "them hateful americans". There's a special sort of irony in that.

    Go re-read my previous post and consider everything else too. The historic evidence of that friggin' BBC documentary.

    But nope, I probably misspelled a letter somewhere. You're far too busy ignoring my entire point over that.
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  • Skirlasvoud 11/09/2017


    He's not racist. He's an idiot.
    I didn't know the two were mutually exclusive. Idiots make some of the best racists. Not knowing what you're doing or saying, acting on bias without thinking and being ignorant in general, defines them pretty well.

    Otherwise every racist could defend himself by claiming he just didn't know any better.
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  • Skirlasvoud 11/09/2017


    Unfortunatly, we Europeans are just as much part of the problem and yes, the N-word is and was our problem as well. The Brits and the Dutch were prolific users.

    Point in case: South Africa. Just listen to this sweet little old British lady:
    (She also, just like pewds, didn't mean any harm)

    Also, we did segregate, even if not as badly as the Americans. The only reason we were not as bad, is because the population percentage isn't as great. When the Harlem Hellfighters came over from America in WW1, the Americans warned people they were prone to rape, and the British refused to serve with them. They left them with the French instead.

    And it's the Europeans who shipped them over from Africa to America like chattel slaves after all, with colonists of European descent and mindset setting them up in the cotton fields and the like.

    I'd be very careful and study history before you distance yourself from the N-word as a European with self-satisfaction that we'd never.
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  • The making of Alpha Protocol, Obsidian's secret best RPG

  • Skirlasvoud 08/09/2017

    Once you pass the hurdle of bugs and weird animations, this continues to be on of the most innovative player-choice driven experiences out there.

    I should get to finishing it. Lost my original copy, but you can get it cheaply on steam nowadays!
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  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole's difficulty slider changes the colour of your skin

  • Skirlasvoud 07/09/2017


    They said you could pick female characters and that the world would react differently to you.

    I can't wait for the perspectives and social commentary on this one. This game might turn out brilliant.
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  • The Death of the Outsider is far from the end for Arkane Studios

  • Skirlasvoud 04/09/2017


    Oooooohhhhh! Nope, not joking. Sheer ignorance. Guess it's safe to read the rest of the article then. Thanks for taking the time to clear that up for me.
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  • Skirlasvoud 04/09/2017


    I've been keeping Dishonored 2 on my to-do list. I would have appreciated NOT KNOWING that the outsider is going to die. It's rather unavoidable being right in the title.
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  • Undertale review

  • Skirlasvoud 18/08/2017

    To me its not an essential over some of the internet references and humour. TsunderePlane and how most of the creatures are internet personalities, almost made me vomit.

    Disregarding those, yeah! It's a real gem.
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  • Why Shelob is a woman in Shadow of War

  • Skirlasvoud 15/08/2017

    Doesn't matter. They've put gambling and loot crates in my single-player game. All my interest in anything Shadows of Mordor related, pretty much vanished after that. Reply +2
  • In Theory: is AMD's Ryzen CPU the game-changer for next-gen consoles?

  • Skirlasvoud 09/07/2017

    In the PC space AMD hardware is second best for performance for gaming.
    True, but AMD has shown itself capable of undercutting Intel when it comes to "just" decent, mid-level gear.

    It's exactly what you want as Sony/Microsoft if you need to produce millions of console units at an acceptable price for console gamers. This might change as Sony/Micro/Ninti are slowly raising the price ceiling on their consoles and emphasizing performance.

    All of this means AMD is going to raise the stakes and I can't wait to see them manage. We need someone to compete with intel in the gaming space, in the name of competitive pricing and innovation.
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  • Skirlasvoud 09/07/2017


    I LIKE supporting AMD (I've got an FX-8350 in my current rig) but there's only so much disparity I'm willing to accept before I'll go with the obvious better choice.
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  • TopWare responds to Two Worlds 2's sudden microtransactions update seven years after launch

  • Skirlasvoud 19/06/2017

    "We're just giving the customer options!"

    And players will have to look out that they don't patch in any reasons to do so...
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  • This War of Mine dev shows Frostpunk gameplay in screenshots

  • Skirlasvoud 19/06/2017

    Yep, this is the kind of bleak management simulator I can get into. War of Mine was too finicky, but I do well when governing from up high.

    The artwork reminds me somewhat of the winters in Endless Legend, which were times of equal meagre gloom.

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  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is getting a zombies vs humans PvP mode

  • Skirlasvoud 14/06/2017

    Zombies... In a videogame? why didn't anyone else think of that? Reply +11