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  • SpaceMonkey77 19/07/2014

    Difference with games is that they cost much more to make than a comic and have a far wider audience to sell to for profit return. Lager teams for one game, compared to usually one writer and artist per comic. The reason we aren't seeing games with diverse characters of race etc is because of money men.

    The nearest games have come to Django Unchained or 12 Years a Slave is Bioshock Infinite. More could be done to build on what BI touched upon, but the only way I see that kind of stuff happening would be via indie games. Gone Home and Papers Please are too great examples of cool games approaching areas that big games vastly avoid to tackle like the plague.

    Change for changes sake with shallow meaning isn't a good way to go. I think eventually Marvel will flip this Thor on its head, if the sales are poor, such is their way with their undying/MIA heroes and villains.
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  • SpaceMonkey77 19/07/2014

    I get that Marvel will try to paint this Thor change as a positive, but I just see it as another ploy to sell their books. Every now and then, they get these event ideas, many of which seem like they are pulled out of a PR reps butt than thought out by a proper writer.

    Frankly, would rather see some new material from Marvel, than beating the same meat all the time, while claiming this isn't for established fans. And besides that there are much better female centric comics out there than Thor, with real weight, substance and meaning.

    Of recent update changes at Marvel, the Spiderman Miles Morales shift was a positive one. The Ms Marvel change again a positive one. Superior Spiderman was a positive one. By the time we get around to black Captain America and female Thor, Its starting to feel very cliched and headline clutchy changes.

    Look what we did, pat on back please. I'm all for appealing to more people, but please do that through new material, instead of the status quo. Perhaps then I might buy their stuff. That's always been my big beef with Marvel, lack of new non-super hero product. Meanwhile over at Image, they are knocking out book after amazing original book, some that are more worthy attention than Thor. But that's just me.
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  • Blurred lines: Are YouTubers breaking the law?

  • SpaceMonkey77 16/07/2014

    I heard Youtube have added a tip jar via a recent update. Along with that and pre-roll and ads, hopefully it may ease the pain for some.

    Best not to end up in the belly of the beast, though (or your opinion might count for naught. It might swallow your soul, if not yourself whole.

    Those 30 pieces of silver, might not be so shiny after all.
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  • SpaceMonkey77 16/07/2014

    Unless you are into doing these vids for pure burning gaming passion, as a newish field there's going to be road bumps. Those who fly under the flag of passionate gamer, not seeking much are in a nice spot.

    Those who want to do their youtube game entertainer bit as an everyday, I'm not surprised if some choose to go the 'quid pro quo' route. The average gamer getting paid to do what they love is a dream they'd probably never otherwise achieve in life, so I can get why many would choose this path. Kudos to that.

    The real road bump is that the average gamer, like the average joe in the street, knows little about the laws of the regular everyday world, let alone those for online stuff like youtube. Would be a good idea for those that venture into these videos to provide a short disclaimer, either in text or just a few words to their mic. Game X is provided courtesy of AEX etc (frankly I think this should be on all game websites, at the start or end of a review etc). If a game has a deal done for its tube exposure, best to say so and channel the funds back into your production. I guess tubers should battle to speak their mind at all costs, because no one likes to be bought, while the long history of critique is littered with such across all mediums.

    Gamers on the tubes are just people at the end of the day. But as their popularity and power grows, so to comes great responsibility.

    Imagine a world without reviews and critique, or any kind of exchange to get something done. It'd be a very tough place. Some quid pro quo is needed.

    I've written some reviews. When posted online, I do my best to include a game image to accompany, and give the dev/pub their credit in a few words. Only difference is I buy or borrow my games played (if it was sent to me I'd say). With all the mess of youtube and such, I don't think written reviews will be going away soon.

    I feel for those who do their vids well and yet have them terminated by the Google 1000 bot. Best idea would be to move to another site, but that's hard as vid site competition is low and all eyes are on Twitch/Youtube.

    In an ideal world, we'd all be taught law next to maths, english etc. Unfortunately, the world wasn't shaped that way by the powers that be. Before I go too deep into the eagle nest, getting stuff right in this field will be tricky, especially when you consider laws on a country/online basis.

    Good luck to those game peeps and their vids ventures, anyway.
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  • Ex-Panama dictator suing Activision over likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

  • SpaceMonkey77 16/07/2014

    Has legs, but they are quicksandy. The game has a flashback history level, based on past/fictious story events, surrounding a real person, namely him. Few playing would know him, unless they are history junkies. As a former dictator, who's probably ended the lives of many through his dictatorship, he should be grateful he's even remembered near the end of his life via CoD. When he passes, few will blink, especially at the CIA

    Pay him with a copy of the game, Actiblizz. Job done.
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  • Sony: PS4 targeting Wii owners who skipped PS3 and Xbox 360

  • SpaceMonkey77 15/07/2014

    They won't say so, but this grasping at remastered editions is just trying to plug the gap between slow PS4 releases. We get this each gen, no surprise there.

    Both of those above side by sides examples look great, IMO. Some Wii U owners may feel spoiled which to choose and experience what they've been missing.
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  • Battlefield turned Payday 2 designer starts new indie studio

  • SpaceMonkey77 14/07/2014

    @MonkeyMagik

    I get indie games might not sound/look like much to some. A lot of the games are 2D, hailing from simpler roots of games. What you easily forget is that even the behemoth that was EA, started making games with simpler designs and graphics. They didn't become the biggest publisher of games on Fifa alone overnight, while that played a part.

    All that you enjoy are thanks to the likes of Bubsy The Bobcat and other lesser known stuff.

    I think that the rise of indies, completing the circle that games came from is a great thing. Working for large corporations has its perks, but you are always a cog and nothing more, being fed burger bites while suits enjoy steak all the time. Whatever a small studio doesn't know can be learned, so don't let that hold you back. Its always best to be your own boss.

    I know sweet FA about programming, but even I'd be a fool to let that stop me, from having a stab at Game Maker Studio, Game Salad, Unity etc, to make something.

    As for Payday 2, I'd consider it more of a AA game, the kind that's fast disappearing. I'm glad I was there supporting it from day one, and over a long tail period its done well for Overkill. It also has a great community, that keeps the game evolving and improving. I must point out that the PC version is the best cut of its cake, with more heist content.
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  • SpaceMonkey77 14/07/2014

    @TheTingler

    It does sound weird, but he has to say something when parting. There could be issues we don't know of that he can't talk about.

    Success is a good thing, as it allows you to do other things if you wish to. He's just using that to bounce. Payday 2 will be well supported. Maybe workplace creative harmony is more a zen thing to him than success.

    The irony here is that DICE are now looking to rip off Payday 2 with Hardline. EA at times seems like wants to eat everyone's lunch, even the small guys.
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  • SpaceMonkey77 14/07/2014

    Love Payday 2. Good luck to him on his new venture. Will look forward to what he creates.

    There's nothing wrong with that. Some people just don't connect with others sometimes.
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  • New Doctor Who character sure looks like Garrus from Mass Effect

  • SpaceMonkey77 14/07/2014

    @jetsetwillie

    On the contrary, never said it has to end. What disappoints is the constant promotion of Doctor Who at the expense of other stuff they could be making bank off of. Celebrate DW for those who love it.
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  • SpaceMonkey77 14/07/2014

    Sorry, just can't do Doctor Who, while I see the similarity. Its like comedy sci-fi for the newbs. As much as I've tried I can never get into it.

    If only all that creativity were channeled into something totally new, I might get behind it. BBC, please do something else than milking this gravy train. (Orphan Black proves you can.)
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  • What's behind Japan's Gundam game obsession?

  • SpaceMonkey77 13/07/2014

    @XyzzySqrl

    I think as time has passed, my tastes have adjusted. Where Gundam used to tickle me, lesser stuff like Votoms is more me. No teen angst needed.
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  • SpaceMonkey77 13/07/2014

    @XyzzySqrl

    Okay, I'll give you G and X, those are unique and did try. My personal fave is 08th MS Team. 70-90s Gundam series/movies are okay, but by the time it got to Seed etc, I was burnt out.

    Gundam Build Fighters kind of says it to me (ITS ABOUT SELLING THOSE KITS). A trope on a trope rope from my impressions of it, but correct if I'm wrong.
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  • SpaceMonkey77 13/07/2014

    Gundam is an old series out in Japan. You could say its like their Star Wars to a degree as it began in 1979. Because of its age, it kind of transcends age groups, but its really about selling model kits and other merch, making a mint for Bandai and other parties involved.

    The games are just another part of selling the same thing. There's no denying that Gundam has its degree of sci-fi cool, that dragged many kicking and screaming into anime, manga and games. If you weren't caught by any of those, you would have missed out on Gundam or had to seek it out like Indy. .

    Gundam games released in the west have been a few, but mostly picked up by dedicated fans. Some have been good, some average, some poor. Gundam's problem is that as far as the robot genre goes, once you've seen one Gundam anime series, there's no need to see anymore. Each time the same stuff is regurgitated and served to fans, most of who eat it up. I can't do the same myself, as it was the cool Gundam designs, space battles and Earth Fed/colony space politics that got me into, some other anime can do this stuff better. many of Gundam's core concepts are cool though and ahead of their time.

    Back to the games, I find the DW Gundam games dire, but some freaks love them. I think that much more could be done with the license to get more gamers playing, but unfortunately Bandai are too stuck in their ways to adapt to change. EG: Why have none of those glorious Gundam arcade games never graced recent consoles and take advantage of online play? We all know recent consoles could handle them.

    On top of that, I think that western devs are more open to creating new worlds and gaming experiences, than relying to heavily on one particular series. Western games take influence from everywhere and anywhere. The same can't be said for some japanese studios that would rather just do what they've always done, and thus never expand their audience. From Shogo and Fear to Titanfall, western execution for games is kind of fearless, as far as mecha stuff goes. Titanfall does mecha stuff really well, without any license expectations. As such talent grows, even arcade Gundam games, few will care about, unless you live in Japan.

    Cool, now run along and try not to get another Gundam weapon stolen from under your military based noses (as is the trope.
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  • Why PS4 is struggling in Japan

  • SpaceMonkey77 13/07/2014

    @Malek86

    Your point is a key piece of the puzzle. Long ago, japanese devs (all devs) were at the behest of consoles to make bank. The rise of mobiles, tablets and indie development is shaking the foundation and changing the landscape across the globe. The effects have just played out differently in east and west.

    PS4 (and soon XB1) could be the market moving too fast for Japan to keep pace, so mobile offer a low risk outlet for them. Games are mostly 2d, where their strength is. They have to adjust to 3d soon though, because it seems like they've been running from it since the PS3 and 360 came out. (hence why some of their games still look like PS2 games)

    One of their future trump cards (IMO) will be building up their indie scene, as is happening elsewhere, offering more creative freedom and breaking those corporate chains. Its a slow but long overdue process.

    A big positive like someone else said is also the changing and acceptance of western games and online play. Some japanese gate keepers seem to want to keep some services locked down for japan only, but slowly that will hopefully erode for the better, via mobile, consoles etc.
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  • Divinity: Original Sin review

  • SpaceMonkey77 10/07/2014

    Glad it turned out well and they stuck to their vision. Another boon for Kickstarter kind.

    Publishers minus one again.
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  • Sigourney Weaver and original Alien cast to star in Alien: Isolation

  • SpaceMonkey77 09/07/2014

    Nice but, oh no!

    I never pre-order because its pointless. Why not just offer it as DLC, at least we'd all have an equal chance to get it. Sick of pre-order stuff and micro transaction fragmenting our gaming into camps of haves and have nots.
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  • Microsoft has abandoned plans for Xbox One consoles to double as dev kits

  • SpaceMonkey77 09/07/2014

    If they do remove those features, Sony will take the cake. Removing Kinect is one thing, because many of us didn't dig or want it badly. Removing a key feature that makes getting a games running on the thing easy, isn't progress.

    I'll take this one with a pinch of salt and hope MS aren't wearing their shoe laces tied together again. Gamers don't need to lose more confidence in MS.

    Will someone explain to MS why this is a very bad idea?
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  • Titanfall reveals its second DLC pack Frontier's Edge

  • SpaceMonkey77 09/07/2014

    Love the game but it needs a single player mode. I play but feel like I'm just doing stuff for no reason I care about. That's why single player is so good, because its a story vehicle, away from multiplayer.

    Whether episodic or not, please tell me more of why the hell I'm fighting other robots and people.
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  • The real story behind The Sun's "Gaming as addictive as heroin" headline

  • SpaceMonkey77 09/07/2014

    Meanwhile, in other news there's trouble over at Crytek U.K as staff are on the brink of losing their jobs.

    And over in hollywood section, CG artists aren't getting their fair dues for their huge and complicated work on huge million dollar flicks.

    Perhaps that kind of news isn't spicy enough for Sun readers.
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  • SpaceMonkey77 08/07/2014

    @StrongDawn

    Your post is an interesting one. In truth, anything can be addictive, even reading and buying into The Sun newspaper or listening to doctors too much.

    Gaming/games is a young medium, that like many of us has endured much criticism on a path to progress. Wider acceptance has come over time. Many of those entrenched in traditional established media, would love nothing more for rival stuff like games to disappear, but its not going to happen and they fear that greatly.

    The large part that these kind of articles don't address is the rise of online gaming. Playing with others has always been a big part of games, when the uneducated non gamer has their mindset in gaming being a solitary pursuit. Society at large rallies for the group, so anything seen as solitary is frowned upon. Being in a group or doing your own thing both hold equal value in life.

    As we age, grow up, breed etc, we have less time to do the things we used to do. Much of the cooler social things to do out there, still cost money, as well as having time and people to do stuff with of an equal mind. Games also meet this nice fit. The average person can buy a game and get endless enjoyment out of it. Throw online play, f2p and user created content into that picture, and games become so much more than movies, tv etc ever could. It becomes about playing but also creation and sharing with others (if you want it to). Minecraft is still a fine example of that thinking, so I find these kind of articles hard to stomach, when they are clearly sensationalist by design.

    You want in depth articles that give gaming a fair shout, while addressing warts and all, go buy and read a copy of Edge magazine, where this kind thing can be done better.

    I'd also like to give props to the likes of Jimmy Fallon and Conan etc who give gaming a fair shout, by trying stuff out. Those at The Sun have a lot to learn from them.

    Few will have such problems as The Sun paint, and those that do will hopefully find help. Everything fun thing in moderation, people.
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  • SpaceMonkey77 08/07/2014

    @Caribou

    No, no, gaming doesn't have this stigma. Its people near death who don't play or even try to understand games that suck up this trash. Its click bait trash.

    Gaming and the world has moved forward and on without these dinosaurs, so don't buy their snake oil.

    Never seen an intelligent article in The Sun about games, then you know they got nothing interesting to say about them.

    I'd play games and watch Netflix over the mass of mindless trash that's an excuse for most tv these days. As for newspapers, is it any wonder they are losing readership to websites.
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  • SpaceMonkey77 08/07/2014

    This is the Sun we are talking about. There's no real story, because its another attack from the older generation who read it on the most popular modern medium. Another generation, more scaremongering for the hive masses to eat up.

    Meanwhile, turn to page 50 for crap about terrible soap x and reality tv chuff. No wonder I stopped reading it. Never seen a positive article about games in that rag yet, always the opposite.
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  • Microsoft offers select Xbox 360 users $75 rebates for buying Xbox Ones

  • SpaceMonkey77 09/07/2014

    Sounds good. Better to just make it a standard ongoing offer instead. That 75 could get a new system some cool games.

    There's reason to be miffed at MS over past decisions, but at some point you have to draw the line. Missing a lot of fun by wasting time and energy on anger and hate so much. By years end, the XB1 games library should be healthier.
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  • Cliff Bleszinski announces F2P PC arena shooter published by Nexon

  • SpaceMonkey77 08/07/2014

    Good for those that dig arena shooters. I dislike them, so I'm out.

    F2P need no be evil as many paint, and we'll adjust to it as we always do new things. Once out, I'd consider trying it but with the direction fps games have gone in (Mirrors Edge, Outlast etc, I doubt I'd be staying long.

    Good luck anyway, Cliffy. Also next time, just say you are taking an extended vacation. You love games too much to leave completely.
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  • PS4 fails to boost Japan console market

  • SpaceMonkey77 08/07/2014

    The English language barrier is still an obstacle for many japanese devs (restricting them from many tools, support etc etc), but gradually that wall is coming down (while maybe not quick enough). Perhaps the future will see large ones merge for console and PC games while smaller ones focus on mobiles and handhelds. Some won't make it out alive, but I expect the likes of Sega will be ready to pick and feast on japanese dev carcasses.

    Its a real pity that English isn't taught enough in Japan, because it could help dig them out of the whole some are in. Real determined people won't let language alone stop them, mind. but like a certain child policy of another nation, the long term effects of isolationism and poor english hadn't been thought out properly.
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  • SpaceMonkey77 08/07/2014

    @Suarez07

    Yeah, not to hack the thread. I agree Liverpool got a good few years out of Torres before he was sold to Chelsea. The same will be done with Suarez, while I'd rather his flawed genius stay for one more season.

    Typical really, spend so much time finding a good striker, get one and he's already going. Who to replace him? Good question.

    But I digress, a shrinking japanese market oould also be a good thing. This means that japanese devs/pubs will have to sell more abroad. Gamers outside of japan can be more vocal and expect more from certain games.
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  • SpaceMonkey77 08/07/2014

    I think what's happening overall is a combo of japan's aging populace and the lack of young folk to pick up gaming. On top of all their social stuff, consoles are shifting with games more of an international taste, while leaving many japanese developers still struggling to get to grips with new means of 3D games etc. Japanese centric games that new gen consoles have aren't going to be that great, as many of them are upgrades of previous games from previous gens.

    I think we'll have to give it a year, before we can really see if japan wants new gen consoles and Xbox One is also out. Perhaps MS waiting for September to launch Xbox One might not be such a bad thing after all.

    Its also possible that more japanese gamers are waiting for the same big games we are, to prove why PS4 (and XBone) are new gen. E3 showed a lot of big ambitious games like BF: Hardline. As console shift more to plying gamers with betas, it'd also be interesting to see how much of them play PS4 betas.
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  • Hackers under fire for Mario Kart 8 Wii U modding

  • SpaceMonkey77 07/07/2014

    @jasonchurch

    I think the great game sales that we now enjoy also knocks the need to hack. Region locks will encourage some, mind, which I can understand to a degree as there shouldn't be locks anyway, Allowing for a greater scope of gaming to be enjoyed.

    The shell is in Nintendo's kart exhaust on this one. It'll be interesting to see how they respond, positively or not.
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  • SpaceMonkey77 07/07/2014

    @jasonchurch

    Yeah, original Xbox was the worst for that, but as MS first dedicated games console, it was a stepping stone despite its flaws, which were valuable for MS to learn from for making Xbox 360.

    You'll notice how we don't hear about hacked 360's anymore, because its niche these days and Live is a good online incentive not to hack and crack a 360. Seems to have worked well.
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  • SpaceMonkey77 07/07/2014

    As consoles have become branded PC in a box, we can expect to enjoy both the benefits and the pitfalls of that tech. Cheaters can be held at bay with more options to stop them from having to crack a game. Its a pity that Nintendo have been slowest in this area and thus suffer the effects longer, than Sony and MS.

    A game like Trackmania is the kind of thing Nintendo should be looking at for all their racing games in future. A level editor is a great thing in the right creative hands. Shouldn't be too hard to do either. Other options like switching off certain shell access would also be good. I'd like to see/play a good MK race with only green shells available.
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  • SpaceMonkey77 07/07/2014

    While some might frown on it, I think this is a step in the right direction. MK should have come with a level editor years ago (F Zero GBA game did get one) and shows how Nintendo are still missing taking potential of the user creation movement. Such people made Dark Souls a better game, so this shouldn't be stamped with a quick fanboy negative.

    Best thing they could do is embrace it and offer a level editor for MK. Perhaps then, we'd see those classic battle mode tracks return, putting that option in players hands.

    I expect the same kind of thing could happen with upcoming Mario Maker, with whispers of Nintendo not allowing UL/DL of user created levels so they can be shared amongst users. You must rely on archaic SD card instead.
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  • Kids react to Game Boy

  • SpaceMonkey77 07/07/2014

    This reminds me of that old BTTF2 scene with Gunsmoke. Kids these days are really lucky.

    GB is a classic. Can still spend hours playing Tetris alone.

    Make up is just to help lighting etc. Chill.
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  • Sniper Elite 3 blasts through second week as UK number one

  • SpaceMonkey77 07/07/2014

    Glad its getting people playing. Still plucking my way through V2, but will upgrade later.

    I guess Watchdogs didn't have the legs to keep people playing much. Style over substance maybe?
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  • "It's not historically accurate!"

  • SpaceMonkey77 06/07/2014

    Games should be fun so I don't mind twists on history that we couldn't witness first hand. If we all paid too much attention to historical accuracy, we'd never get anything in that field done.

    Can't say I'm mad at Ubisoft, but I didn't like their ACIII point of view on some things in that game. The AC universe itself however, could easily be explained away as an alternate reality to ours (Bioshock Infinite and Wolfenstein, say hi), similar but slightly different. I think this might have been where Ubisoft were later going with their King Washington dlc, which we all know didn't happen.

    Interesting piece anyway, Tom.
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  • Bandai Namco picks up Slightly Mad's Project Cars

  • SpaceMonkey77 03/07/2014

    A good addition to BN's stable. Looks fun and hope it works out. Reply 0
  • Video: Why Superman will never have a good game

  • SpaceMonkey77 03/07/2014

    There's more that could be done too. Superman is an alien on our planet, giving him a great perspective of being a outcast, while also being accepted under his disguise of Clark Kent.

    Story wise there's lots of room that could be used without upsetting the comic fanboys. Gameplay need not with-strain his powers, unless huge collateral damage can happen and be raised in the players face, through its overuse. That's one of the reason I love the Man of Steel film. Through his learning to become the Man of Steel, he breaks eggs, in the same way Batman once did by carrying a gun. That's a core valuable part of the human experience. A Superman that does not fail sometimes, is not super at all.

    On top of that, if you are Superman and you level a city like he did in Man of Steel, do the right thing and help rebuild it when the battle of over. Imagine Superman just building stuff, with a dose of Sim City based in part sim/action moves. That would make another fine part of a game. Recent moves to more open world games, would also help a Superman game, that we didn't have before. Various earth locations could be added as the game opens up (not just Metropolis.

    Too much focus on battling is a key area, why previous games have failed, IMO. You also need silly moralizing crap, of the kind we used to get from cartoons like He-Man.

    So, don't smoke those Nicoteen sticks, kids! Try the weed instead as it grows naturally from the earth and has great medical benefits.
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  • SpaceMonkey77 03/07/2014

    I don't think that's true at all. Superman could have a good game, problem is that those in charge of such games, will go for the obvious means of using his powers, instead of looking deeper and taking influences from the source material and movies.

    They fail to draw upon the flaws of Superman that could carve a great game, here are some of them.

    He's only one man.
    He can save some people but he can't save everyone.
    He can't be in more than one place at a time.
    He's quick but also can't beat time or space.
    Krytonite is only one of his weaknesses.

    Now, if I were to make a Superman game. I'd use these have him strung out, doing all kinds of crap. From rescuing kitties from trees for old ladies, to school buses full of kids, battling Kryptonian nuts, stupid aliens and secret government Superman killing machines. Sometimes give him a time limit, that could possibly be broken if he runs/flies fast enough. Fly around the world and change turn the clocks back.

    With Batman games being done well, I'd love to see what Rock Steady could do with Superman, because with new movies due in the future, its about time a good Superman game was made.
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  • Lindsay Lohan sues Rockstar over allegedly using her likeness

  • SpaceMonkey77 03/07/2014

    This is tricky for her to chase. So many models and spoilt hollywood fems about, she'd be hard pushed to prove Rockstar selected her as a likeness.

    Time to get back to your day job, Lindsay. Good luck.
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  • Chopping down trees and crafting bows in H1Z1

  • SpaceMonkey77 02/07/2014

    Looking forward to it hitting Steam. While there's a few zombie games out there roaming for a bite of our wallets, its good to see them doing different things and still thriving/twitching. Reply 0
  • NIS America Europe online store launches with "ridiculous prices"

  • SpaceMonkey77 02/07/2014

    That's a pity with that there pricing. Tears for some who like these games. I like NIS America for all the games they've put out previously, but this is taking the cake.

    It seems locking out of imports is never a smart thing either, just alienating those who've supported you over the years.

    No matter. I'm sure there's plenty of other import games a gamer can spend their money on.
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  • Cliff Bleszinski says he's "coming out of retirement"

  • SpaceMonkey77 01/07/2014

    I got no probs with him, what you see is what you get. I do think he should have just said ''I'm taking a long vacation'' and not ''I'm retiring'' , previously. Just makes his retirement feel cheap and a joke to us mere mortals.

    Anyway, welcome back. Will look forward to seeing your next project.
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  • The sickening side of the Steam summer sale

  • SpaceMonkey77 30/06/2014

    Running out of interesting stuff to buy I don't see being a problem. Perhaps your tastes are narrow, because Steam gets cool games all the time. If you only like one genre like sports games, you won't find much there, but there's still something.

    Cheap prices don't devalue games either, as many smaller developers can gain much needed recognition through their store. And besides all the games, Steam also offers the only real store for community mods and software tools for game creation.
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  • SpaceMonkey77 28/06/2014

    @nottorp

    There were some games I was interested in. I found Endless Space Gold Collection a bargain and something to break the fps train I get caught on. Other indie stuff like Hot Line Miami and Contagion bring something different.
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  • SpaceMonkey77 28/06/2014

    For me, Steam sales provide a nice reason to build on my digital library of games. Every year, we are drowned in good games. Normally, we'd only be able to afford so many of them in any generation. I'm one of those people that believes in the price them low sell them high concept, and that's all that Steam is built on with great effects. (During the N64 era, I purchased a total of 14 games, because they were just so damn expensive new.

    The end result is that more gamers experience more kinds of games with a low price barrier to entry. More things experienced eventually gets gamers buying more different games than they'd usually do. That sounds like a better thing for all games, especially indie ones. And think of all those games that don't get in retail top 20, that would otherwise languish in obscurity of a nameless warehouse. Steam might seem fiendish in design, but its really not and shows a path that others should follow (not for games though).

    While I agree that we do buy more than we might play or need sometimes, I also think that's not such a bad thing. Games take time and attention to play and are one of the most expensive media around, so its nice to have something in your library, that might have been sitting on your drive, but just one click convinces you just why you purchased it.


    I can still remember the days before Steam. Long before it, I missed out on many good PC games, that I'd read a review of but never purchase once its out of my head/mind space. Steam is also great for such curation. All your digital games in one place, from Valve who aren't likely to stiff gamers (like EA shutting down servers etc). I still buy boxed PC games too mind.
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  • The Android TV box and game controller

  • SpaceMonkey77 30/06/2014

    Looks like the old On Live controller, remixed.

    Should be interesting to see what Google does with it.
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  • Crytek's Ryse 2 canned as financial struggle spreads to Shanghai

  • SpaceMonkey77 26/06/2014

    That's a real pity, but I see how they stretched themselves thin.

    First they must sort this mess with MS as its no doubt very costly for them. I'm disappointed in MS here, because they are showing the kind of corporate strong arming that makes many despise large companies.

    Its been plain for all to see that MS has lacked in house games. How they have tried to fix the problem isn't very good. Whereas Sony have done a bang up job with PS2, PS3 to present, MS suits seem to be wearing their Windows slippers and tripping over their wallets.

    Studios need to own their games, and for MS to think that they own Ryse is a bit blind of them (MS own enough stuff already. Their meddling in its creation, in desperation to justify Kinect spoiled what could have been a better game. Why not set up your own game studios, MS? Oh yeah, you did? Then why do I not here you sing and dance about Microsoft Game Studios? Probably because its a lazy name that doesn't inspire anyone but MS.

    Cry Engine has been pushed into fourth by Unity. I really think they should look at cutting its price or just get the latest version onto Steam.

    Would be bad if Crytek went under. I'm very much looking forward to Homefront 2. I wish them all well, but they'll have to shrink a bit to stay alive.
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  • Have mobile graphics finally surpassed last-gen console?

  • SpaceMonkey77 26/06/2014

    Its great that graphics have raised to that high level on mobile, but they have still yet to sort the most vital component. Standard tactile controls. Until someone sorts that out, mobile games will be largely held back. I know that there are some good options out there, but what's needed is one unifying standard of control, while I know the ever advancing march of mobile design goes against this a bit. Reply +3
  • Bayonetta dev Platinum making The Legend of Korra game

  • SpaceMonkey77 26/06/2014

    Hope its good. Good test for Platinum's skills.

    There's always this separation of fans from Avatar and Korra. Never understood why people can't enjoy both.
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  • DICE ponders: what did people really like about Battlefield: Bad Company?

  • SpaceMonkey77 25/06/2014

    What I'd like is the BC3 crew having retired and enjoying their gold loot in various ways, get thrown back into the military game. Perhaps fighting some rogue PMC. They'd be like the A-Team, except Hannibal Hayward is black this time.

    I think lack of prone made the BFBC games better. Camping is one the fps genres biggest annoying things, that end up spoiling games, so those who are selfish triumph and everyone else is a newb and teamwork suffers. Hated that about Halo and CoD too.

    Absolutely loved being able to take control of vehicles on BC, which really made it stand way above CoD. This is another angle that made it more popular and everyone could find a role they enjoyed. My ride of choice was the quad bike. Loved loading that bad boy up with C4 and riding it in the other team, then detonating. These kind of emergent tactics keep those games better than most fps games.

    Long may BFBC players play it.

    One last thing. DLC fragmentation has spoiled the BF series, so thanks for that EA. This may also be why BFBC games are still being played a lot.
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