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  • The big interview: the Gambling Commission on loot boxes

  • SonicUk 14/12/2017

    Young people this, young people that. What about the mentally vulnerable, the sort of people with addictive personalities - the whales. Shouldn't legislation protect everyone that these GAMBLING mechanics are designed to target, obviously including but not just limited to "young people" only?

    I feel even sticking "contains simulated gambling" on the box would be enough to deter some publishers, who don't want their product branded as such. It would be a start at least.
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  • Your Amiga games are likely dying

  • SonicUk 11/12/2017

    I'm glad someone out there is doing something to preserve gamings history. Todays games infested with online only drm bullshit are going to dissappear without a trace the day the servers are inevitably shut down which is why I want nothing to do with such things (publishers - you've lost so much money from me over the years directly due to always online drm bullshit) and even download only titles have issues with backing them up and running them because of copy protection locked to profiles etc. This is why I only buy physical media (excluding floppies and tapes), because if I can't play it in 30+ years time I simply don't want to know. Reply +2
  • Metro Exodus out autumn 2018

  • SonicUk 11/12/2017

    @michielhageman - They look and run superb on consoles, elitist. Reply 0
  • Bayonetta 3 is coming exclusively to Switch

  • SonicUk 08/12/2017

    @onemoresolo - My argument holds up fine thank you. I've said all I need to say. This place has turned into the last safe haven for the ndf. Say anything even remotely resembling something ever so slightly negative about nintendo on here and you're immediately set upon by the mob/downvoted so hard you end up in Australia. Even the staff are constantly posting false nintendo propaganda statements and articles. I'm sick of it and am fed up of walking on eggshells. I will say it as it is. If that offends the ndf so be it. Sticks and stones...

    I've read all the reports and articles at the time, and all I can say is platinum didn't try hard enough to find alternative funding. When there are more ways to fund your project than ever in the modern world there's no excuse for selling out.

    I consider this conversation closed.
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  • SonicUk 08/12/2017

    @Ragnor - Yep. Fully expected that. Judge someone by their name and not the point they are making.

    No offence, but I'd rather stick my balls in a meat grinder than buy a switch.
    Reply -26
  • SonicUk 08/12/2017

    @onemoresolo - Wrong. As I said there are multiple ways to fund game development in the modern world we live in but as I said I have sinned by saying something truthful/negative in the church of nintendo, so your response is about as predictable as the sun rising every morning. Reply -37
  • SonicUk 08/12/2017

    @onemoresolo - The game could easily have been funded by other means. This is just nintendo doing what ms did with tomb raider or sony with street fighter - buying up previously multiplatform games and holding them to ransom to force you to buy their hardware.

    But god forbid anyone who has anything negative to say about the holy Nintendo on this site...
    Reply -37
  • SonicUk 08/12/2017

    @McBonk - Which Pc? The one that barely runs windows, the one that constantly crashes, the one that runs most game ok at medium settings or the one that you need to remortgage your house for?

    Elitist dribble.
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  • SonicUk 08/12/2017

    Extremely disappointed this won't be multiplatform. I'm not going to buy a switch just for one game. A missed opportunity (as well as thousands of missed sales). Reply -30
  • "Initial" Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot box-related changes go live

  • SonicUk 05/12/2017

    So they've "listened to the community" and removed them completely and changed the entire progression system to something resembling a proper game and done away with the dispicable, predatory GAMBLING mechanics in this FULL PRICED game? Thought not.

    Fuck off EA (and your apologists can join you).
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  • EA Sports UFC 3 beta sparks claims of pay-to-win

  • SonicUk 01/12/2017

    Sigh. They just don't learn do they? Hope this FULL PRICED game flops big time and in the meantime the european goverment puts the squeeze on disgusting, customer shafting, gambling mechanics from scumbag publishers. Reply +7
  • Bungie on why it takes so long to fix Destiny 2

  • SonicUk 30/11/2017

    "In the absence of information people will move themselves to believe we implemented this system to f*** them. To be s***y, greedy jerks"

    NO, NO and NO. I'm not having that. There is no "absence of information". There is no "belief" you were trying to fuck over your customers. You WERE trying to fuck over your customers and got caught red handed and most people (ie, people who aren't' idiotic industry apologists and can see right through your shit) are not going to fall for that. Why not simply say "You know what, we fucked up and we're sorry" and take some responsibility for your own actions instead of all this PR bullshit, trying to shift the blame for YOUR ACTIONS onto your PAYING CUSTOMERS.

    *Disgusted.
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  • Ode review

  • SonicUk 30/11/2017

    Hmm, so do you just move about creating music and sound in beautiful looking landscapes? Is there any eventual aim (what are you actually doing with those green things?) or is this just some kind of relaxing visual and audio stimulus? (nothing wrong with that at all, just still trying to figure out exactly what this is)? Reply +1
  • Bungie talks Destiny 2 future after week of "tough criticism"

  • SonicUk 30/11/2017

    Luke Smith, I'm surprised you didn't mention how players would be "throwing money at the screen" again? Perhaps the consumable shader bullshit is doing the job for you this time, or was it the xp con, engrams or gambling mechanics in this FULL PRICED game? Don't forget to keep peddling the always online drm for a SINGLE PLAYER campaign while you're at it. So many shady, anti-comsumer rip off practices I've lost count. Reply +10
  • Legendary wonky bus driving sim Desert Bus is now available in VR

  • SonicUk 30/11/2017

    The angry video game nerd did an episode of this "game" which was when I first heard of it. Why anyone would want to play it I have no idea, even less why anyone would want to experience it in VR.

    If anyone would like to play a much shorter but lot more interesting game where you drive a big lorry across the usa may I recommend 18 wheeler: Ameican Pro Trucker. It was originally an arcade game that got a really decent Dreamcast port and later on a Ps2 port as well.
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  • Star Citizen is selling virtual plots of land for up to £96 a pop

  • SonicUk 30/11/2017

    Only in the games industry.... Reply +3
  • Bungie pulls tonight's livestream to confront Destiny 2 criticism

  • SonicUk 29/11/2017

    Ah, good ol' Luke "they'll be throwing money at the screen" Smith. Human garbage. This'll go down well... Reply +15
  • In defence of Oblivion

  • SonicUk 28/11/2017

    Oblivion is quite possibly my best rpg ever. Loved everything about it, the music, the atmosphere the gorgeous skyboxes (particularly cirrus clouds at sunset). The quests were interesting and the story was pretty well told. Plus, unlike a lot of open world games (even Bethesda's own Fallout 3 and Skyrim) you could instantly tell what area of the map you were in just by the scenery. The first time I emerged from the caverns at the beginning to see the world spawl out before me...wow. I remember running across the field infront of me and into woods just as the sun was setting. One of the most memorable experiences I've ever had in gaming. Sometimes it was a lovely game to just walk around in and stare at the scenery.

    I tried on three separate occasions to get into Skyrim as I loved Oblivion so much but it just doesn't have the same pull for me. Maybe it's because everywhere on the map looks the same or maybe it's something else but I just can't get into it. Oblivion for me all the way. One of the games that defined a generation, along with Deus Ex HR.
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  • After nine years, Demon's Souls' servers are going offline for good

  • SonicUk 28/11/2017

    Thats a shame. I'm not sure what the playerbase is currently like but I imagine theres still quite a few people playing this game. Still, at least you can still play the game offline. Reply 0
  • UK Gambling Commission weighs in on how it can - and can't - regulate in-game loot boxes

  • SonicUk 27/11/2017

    So, they're still beating that non-sensical (and utterly false) drum and being evasive while the rest of europe appears to be doing something about it. Go figure. Reply 0
  • New ruling forces ISPs to make their broadband speed ads more accurate

  • SonicUk 24/11/2017

    @robilott1 - Because you never get the absolute maximum speed that you pay for, and seeing as I'm as far away from the exchange as physically possible my internet is still pretty much maxed out. I'm hardly going to quibble over a 5 megabit down and 2 megabit up loss over advertised max speeds when I'm still getting pretty much the maximum the line and technology can currently handle without going cable. When it goes fibre to home then I would expect a jump in speed, but at the moment I'm hardly going to complain with 75 out of 80 down and 18 out of 20 up, 24/7, with no disconnects in three years since I've had it. Reply 0
  • SonicUk 23/11/2017

    I'm delighted with my BT Infinity. Had it for three years now. Pay for 80 down and 20 up. Get 75 down and 18 up, at all times, any day of the week. Can't say fairer than that.

    However, there are a number of broadband providers who blatantly taks the piss and then try and blame literally anything (even the weather!) for their poor speeds (virgin adsl, sky, tiscali and talk talk are the absolute worst). If legislation is going to force them to be more truthful and give customers greater awareness then I'm all for it.
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  • Call of Duty: WW2 dataminers discover mention of weapon supply drops

  • SonicUk 23/11/2017

    Fucking disgusting. Hopefully now these things are in the EU's crosshairs it will be stamped out. If I were good ol' acti, I'd be removing them from the game asap. Instead, as the limelight is currently sitting on swbf2 (it should be shining on ALL full priced games with pay-to-win gambling mechanics, not just star wars) they'll unsurprisingly push it as long and as hard as they possibly can until the spotlight moves onto them. They'll then claim they're "listening to fans" and disable them, for a limited time of course... Reply +1
  • Gran Turismo Sport's first big update introduces a more traditional single player campaign

  • SonicUk 23/11/2017

    They still need to get rid of the ridiculous online requirement. If they do that and later on release a full game (complete edition) on a disc with all the patches on the disc then I might bite, but not before. Reply +3
  • "This game is a Star Wars-themed online casino designed to lure kids into spending money"

  • SonicUk 23/11/2017

    Common sense prevails at last. Even if legislation takes time, it's now on the right path and publishers will now be incredibly wary about implementing such disgusting gambling mechanics in the future. Reply +1
  • Clicker Heroes studio abandons upcoming sequel's free-to-play model for "ethical reasons"

  • SonicUk 21/11/2017

    And thats how its done. One up-front one off payment for one game (although the pricing they are asking for is outrageously expensive for a mobile game - somewhere between £2.99 - £4.99 at the absolute max seems far more realistic). This is how gaming should (and used to) be. Reply 0
  • Lucasfilm reacts to Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot crate controversy

  • SonicUk 20/11/2017

    It wasn't EA's "descision" at all. They were forced to do it by Disney who in turn were reacting to overwhelmingly negative reception and media coverage. This is also a temporary measure by EA who have said they plan on reinstating lootboxes (probably as soon as they think they can get away with it) in the future. Reply +3
  • Uncharted is a decade old, so here are some freebies

  • SonicUk 20/11/2017

    Incredible games. My order of preference...2, 3, 4, Lost Legacy, 1 but they're all great. I hope the franchise now continues with Chloe. Reply -2
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2: Frostbite stress-tested on Xbox One X

  • SonicUk 20/11/2017

    So what about the base Xbox One and Ps4 df? Are you just going to ignore them from now on? Reply -2
  • CD Projekt Red: "We leave greed to others"

  • SonicUk 20/11/2017

    As long as it's not always online or designed around gambling mechanics (going by their statement I doubt it will be) I will buy it. Shoehorned in multiplayer has no place in predominantly single player games, but we've yet to see any gameplay footage so there could be some kind of unique gameplay hook we don't know about yet or it could be like Souls where you can leave messages for other players.

    As long as you can play the game in single player, offline if you wish to then I don't see an issue. Looking forward to seeing some gameplay and reading more about the game. We need more cyberpunk themed games as it's a genre that has been sadly neglected these past couple of gens with only the odd cyberpunk themed game here and there (Deus Ex, Hard Reset, Satellite Rain and Syndicate are the only ones that spring to mind right now, does the Flashback reboot count?
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  • FIFA players react to EA's dramatic Star Wars Battlefront 2 microtransactions U-turn

  • SonicUk 17/11/2017

    No offence but this Warren character is exactly the kind of whale EA and other scumbag publishers are counting on and at the same time the exact problem for us normal folk who don't want their beloved hobby turned into a slot machine.

    However, whoever said complaining on forums doesn't work? I also think the gaming sites had a small part to play in bringing attention to this issue and have even to my great surprise begun (for the first time I've ever seen, ever) lowering scores on reviews accordingly (not by enough, but it's a start). The momentum needs to be kept up. Shareholders can throw a hissy fit all they like just as the article mentions, but if the majority of customers do the same then they will be forced to reconsider their tactics. The industry is at a tipping point right now and only needs one final small push to send it over the edge. Customers and gamers (particularly older gamers like me) have grown fed up of not only being nickel and dimed at every opportunity but fed up of the increasing amount of games being designed around business tactics rather than gameplay. Gambling bullshit in full priced games is the final straw, and I'm glad the word's finally out that enough is enough. Well done gamers and anyone who's come out in support of our lovely hobby not being flushed down the toilet by greedy suits.

    The dominoes have started falling. Next up - Need For Spend, I mean er, Speed.
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  • EA has switched off Star Wars Battlefront 2's microtransactions

  • SonicUk 17/11/2017

    By sheer coincidence timed perfectly to coincide with them being investigated by two countries gambling comissions. Of course, "nothing to see here, move along". Once the investigations are complete and no evidence has been found they'll simply turn the gambling mechanics back on. Disgusting cunts of a company. Reply +1
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot boxes investigated by Belgian Gaming Commission

  • SonicUk 17/11/2017

    EA says Battlefront 2's loot crates “are not gambling”.

    The english dictionary disagrees with you EA (in particularly statement 2), as do I...

    gamble
    ˈɡamb(ə)l/
    verb
    gerund or present participle: gambling

    1.
    play games of chance for money; bet.
    "he gambles on football"
    synonyms: bet, wager, place a bet, lay a bet, stake money on something, back the horses, try one's luck on the horses...

    2.
    take risky action in the hope of a desired result.
    "he was gambling on the success of his satellite TV channel"

    synonyms: take a chance, take a risk, take a leap in the dark, leave things to chance, speculate, venture...
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  • Destiny 2 gets more downtime tonight

  • SonicUk 16/11/2017

    Oh look, by sheer coincidence the usa get the downtime during the morning when most people are either at work or asleep while the uk gets the downtime during peak hours (with the possibility of it running further into the night). Funny that. Reply +2
  • Jelly Deals: Wolfenstein 2 discounted to £29.99 today

  • SonicUk 16/11/2017

    I've been interested in this for a while and at that price it seems the perfect time to buy...HOWEVER...I'm adamant I'm not giving the scumbags at Game my money. I'll wait for other retailers to discount it. Hopefully it shouldn't be long. Reply -1
  • Disney says free-to-play action-RPG Marvel Heroes is shutting down

  • SonicUk 16/11/2017

    Feel bad for the affected staff. However, I really wish Disney would end it's association with EA.

    @CrashOkami - I also don't touch digital downloads or anything infested with always online drm for that same exact reason.
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  • StarCraft 2 Twitter account has a pop at Star Wars: Battlefront 2

  • SonicUk 15/11/2017

    That's rich coming from Activision. Hasn't Starcraft just gone Pay-To-Win? Er, I mean "Free To Play"? And coming from the publisher of Cod WW2 above all things with its despicable loot boxes. This is the publisher that filed a patent for a system that matches players who paid to those that don't in an attempt to get the "have nots" to spend more money out of some kind of twisted envy. Reply +2
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 review

  • SonicUk 14/11/2017

    @the_milkybar_kid - Or you could, oh I don't know, just not buy the game instead of stealing it? I get that you want to get the message to the greedy publishers I really do, but two wrongs don't make a right. Just don't buy it or get it used/in the bargain bin to deny the publisher any profit. Reply +1
  • EA's response to Star Wars: Battlefront 2 hero unlock fury isn't going down well

  • SonicUk 13/11/2017

    @PoundTheMound - Speak for yourself. Reply 0
  • SonicUk 13/11/2017

    @brazzauk - The fact that they keep mentioning the word "transition" along with their "games as a service" bullshit shows now more than ever in crystal clarity their endgame. Good god what has happened to my beloved hobby??!!? Reply +4
  • SonicUk 13/11/2017

    Nnnnnnnnnnnnnoooooooooooooooooo!!!

    Electronic Arseholes.
    Reply +3
  • How does Call of Duty: WW2 look on Xbox One X and PS4 Pro?

  • SonicUk 13/11/2017

    Can we have more coverage of the regular console versions in these face-offs again please? It seems they're being dropped like a hot brick even though the vast majority of the install base has these consoles at the time of writing. I want to know how the game scales on ALL platforms and what it will look like on the console I OWN. Not meant to be a dig, just a request. Thanks df. Reply 0
  • Destiny 2 PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X enhancements coming next month

  • SonicUk 10/11/2017

    @Perjoss - Yes, but the point is console owners don't wish to (myself included). Reply +1
  • Super Lucky's Tale review

  • SonicUk 10/11/2017

    @Stranded87 - In hindsight I should've gone with a different username all those years ago when I signed up and I can totally see why people would misconstrew what I'm saying due to my username, but I still argue that eurogamer is heavily nintendo biased (I simply point to all the gushing nintendo articles this year which gloss over all major flaws and still read like a nintendo advert). Of course, these days it seems you can't say anything remotely negative about ol' ninty or face the wrath of the ndf pitchfork crowd, although I think it's very unfair to literally compare everything platform based to the gold pedestal they seem to hold mario on and state their "mario is the best" opinion as fact. Reply +1
  • SonicUk 10/11/2017

    @Ragnor - Lol. Perhaps I should've picked a different usernane to avoid that assumption (I can understand why you would think that), but my point still stands. Reply 0
  • SonicUk 10/11/2017

    "Lucky's never going to challenge Mario, but who is, really? "

    Excuse me?

    At this point you should just rename the site Nintendogamer and be done with it. The Nintendo bias on display here daily is quite frankly staggering.
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  • The price and state of Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot crates at launch

  • SonicUk 10/11/2017

    @mrcheesyelf - Well, Eurogamer gave Cod WW2 a "recommended" and even went as far as saying something along the lines of "lootboxes are incredibly fun" or something like that so I wouldn't hold your breath. I've been calling them out for years for running stories mentioning publisher bullshit but when push comes to shove at "review" time they still praise the same games that include anti-consumer, publisher bullshit (and predictably cuss the vast majority of decent games too, giving out a false impression to the mindless sheep that go along with whatever "reviews" say). Sadly, I can't see Battlefront 2 being any different. It'll either get a "recommended" or no "badge" which is as good as giving it a free pass. Reply +1
  • SonicUk 10/11/2017

    Fucking disgusting. Reply 0
  • Assassin's Creed Origins: Xbox One X is improved, but to what extent?

  • SonicUk 10/11/2017

    Is the the future of face offs from now on? Just the mid gen refresh consoles vs each other and a (most likely top specced) Pc? How about a five way face off with the original consoles vs the mid gens vs Pc so people get a better understanding of what the game will look like on their platform? Reply -2
  • EA is buying Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment

  • SonicUk 10/11/2017

    God help them. Reply +3