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  • What does the Xbox One April update actually add?

  • TarickStonefire 19/04/2014

    Man I hate having to watch videos to find out what could be conveyed in a few seconds with a paragraph of text. Reply +54
  • Veteran Halo composer fired from Bungie "without cause"

  • TarickStonefire 19/04/2014

    @grassyknoll "One thing not mentioned here is O'Donnell had made very controversial anti abortion comments on his Twitter account. Perhaps Bungie didn't feel it wanted such a high profile figure in their company associated with them (which I personally see as justified)"

    Link? Dates? Would be a likely reason to not be happy with him.
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  • TarickStonefire 19/04/2014

    @Sunjammer "I'm still amazed people think his Halo work was any good."

    Are you? That's nice dear.

    I loved his work on Halo, it was great.
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  • King's trademark dispute with CandySwipe dev has been resolved

  • TarickStonefire 19/04/2014

    So he took their money and their insistence that he publish a load of shite about when they told him they picked their name.

    Good for him. Fucking chickenshit.
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  • Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile review

  • TarickStonefire 19/04/2014

    @dennett316 "You know what? Mobile gamers are fucking idiots. There's no need to sugar-coat things any more, they are flat out stupid. Games like this and it's other parasitic brethren rake in HUGE bundles of cash and the "people" buying them don't seem to care that they're so obviously being fleeced."

    You know what? Bundling everyone who plays games on phones and tablets together so you can call them all "idiots" just because some of them play this shit, is fucking idiotic. There's no need to sugar-coat things any more, it's flat out stupid.
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  • TarickStonefire 19/04/2014

    @melnificent "Oh and charging £1.99 for 45 minutes THEN showing the In App Costs just to stop so many people getting an instant refund (15 min window).... classy move.

    Just remember folks you can manually ask for a refund from your app store of choice after the 15 minute window is up."

    What's this '15 minute refund window' of which you speak? Link to App Store page that describes how you can get refunds within 15 minutes?
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  • TarickStonefire 19/04/2014

    @SonicUk "What's wrong with charging full price (appropriate to the platform) for a full, proper game and leaving it at that?"

    It doesn't make them enough money apparently.
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  • TarickStonefire 19/04/2014

    I can't believe this wasn't given to Ellie to review. I thought she had the monopoly on Shit Games? Reply +1
  • Xbox and Channel 4 announce sci-fi TV series Humans

  • TarickStonefire 07/04/2014

    @karaokequeen3 "It's gonna tank. Not because of this collaboration, but merely because the concept of the show won't appeal to a number of C4 viewers…"

    I disagree, because Channel 4's Black Mirror and Utopia shows were a hit, both are as far-out and kinda techy as this idea sounds.
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  • TarickStonefire 07/04/2014

    The series is a remake of Real Humans, a successful Swedish series that premiered back in 2012. This English-language version is being scripted by Spooks writers Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley.

    "In Humans, Sam and Jon have not only crafted an ingenious and imaginative thriller, but they're also asking big, thought-provoking questions about how we live," Channel 4 drama boss Piers Wenger said.
    Surely the people that crafted an ingenious and imaginative thriller that asks big thought provoking questions about how we live are the Swedes that Channel 4 have asked Sam and Jon to rip off because they couldn't come up with a better idea themselves?
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  • The numbers game

  • TarickStonefire 05/04/2014

    @Gunzberg Yeah it did. Poor chap was convinced he had a point, but he didn't really, he just had an urge to lash out at something he didn't agree with. Needed to be said. Reply -3
  • TarickStonefire 05/04/2014

    @Faramis But a Metacritic score is not a pure average. Reply -2
  • TarickStonefire 05/04/2014

    @Vanmunt "Hypocritical in the fact that Eurogamer post scores at the end of reviews, in the past have been called to state that they have been given free review weekends and I have seen in gaming magazines a Eurogamer score plastered over an advert as some sort of ringing endorsement.. so when they call to question an aggregate review site upon which they partake in I believe that to be hypocrisy, explained enough?"

    1) get my name right :)

    2) this isn't about slamming scores, it's about the danger of putting all reviews in the Metacritic basket and letting gamers use that single number to make decisions. I think EG would love to give up on scores, but as I've said before the masses won't let them, because the masses are dumb and lazy.

    3) EG have discussed bribery in game rviews before, and bribery from publishers is indeed a problem but I honestly don't see how it's relevant here - can you please elaborate more on that point?

    4) EG has nothing whatsoever to do with their scores being used on adverts - publishers can use whatever they want from a review on an advert. EG can be informed, and it's polite on the part of the publishers to do so, but they don't have to give permission.

    5) I'm not sure that EG can extricate themselves from Metacritic scores. Metacritic is free to use whatever review scores they see fit. So EG are not complicit as you suggest.

    Thanks for replying but I still don't really understand the hypocrisy accusation.
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  • TarickStonefire 05/04/2014

    @Sherpa "In way Metacritic works - pure average score made from subjective opinions. Absolutely valid way to calculate, but it's not, and never will be, accurate system to measure how good game is to you."

    Interesting aside: it's not a pure average. Metacritic make up their own method to calculate their own 'average' by giving more weight to some reviewers than others.
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  • TarickStonefire 05/04/2014

    @BigDannyH "While I agree with the article and it's a point worth making, I feel like you're preaching to the converted here."

    I'd like to agree but a glance at some of the comments demonstrates otherwise unfortunately.
    Reply -3
  • TarickStonefire 05/04/2014

    @Gunzberg "Somehow feel this article was churned out just to provide EG content on a Saturday, mainly because I disagree with this article."

    Fixed that for you.
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  • TarickStonefire 05/04/2014

    @Vanmunt "All reviews are bent with free weekends, kickers and paid for review jolleys.. this article come across as massively hypocritical if you ask me."

    How so?

    Brilliant, negged for asking a question. A reasonable question, at that, one that is not answered in the text of the comment. You guys are hilariously childish with these 'scores' aren't you? :D
    Reply -2
  • TarickStonefire 05/04/2014

    @Peter_LIAR_Molyneux
    I always see and hear people on gaming websites and podcasts complaining about how metacritic is damaging the industry. What I would like to ask those people is why don't they opt out of allowing their scores to grace meteoritic?
    Is that possible?

    It's not really the point though. EG isn't complaining about being part of Metacritic, it's suggesting that encouraging game buyers to base their decisions entirely on a mysteriously calculated Metacritic score is very dangerous.

    Firstly it's handing a lot of power to Metacritic.

    Secondly it's going to lead a lot of people to miss out on stuff they might actually like had they read the accompanying reviews not just the scores.

    Thirdly it will do nothing to dissuade publishers from stiffing developers over a tenth of a metacritic point.
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  • TarickStonefire 05/04/2014

    @Tiergaertner Missing the point there. This isn't about review scores themselves, it's about the world assigning value to Metacritic's custom calculations, and using a single number to determine the value of a game to ALL gamers, which is impossible.

    With a review text and a review score, the onus is on you to read the text. The score is there because if they took it away they'd get swamped with complaints from the types of reader that, sadly, look at the score and not the text.

    Yes, they should drop the score. But your peers won't let them. Address your peers, not EG.
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  • TarickStonefire 05/04/2014

    @Flipper79 EG aren't going to lose views, how do you work that out? You think that the vast majority of EG page views are people about to buy on Amazon but need a review score so they come here?

    It's a theory, but it's a weak one.
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  • TarickStonefire 05/04/2014

    @menage Sadly I don't think there is a bubble here, so it cannot burst. People have put numbers at the end of reviews for so long it's not going anywhere. A site that arrogantly claims to calculate it's own 'meta' of those scores weighted on how important each reviewer is, isn't going anywhere.

    They've done a deal with Amazon to get a lot of affiliate sales purchasing via the Amazon button on Metacritic, and so that Amazon can claim to make purchases easier for their customers.

    My problem with Metacritic is how publishers abuse it to withhold bonuses from developers. People using scores and scores alone, to make purchases are fools, but you can't change that.
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  • TarickStonefire 05/04/2014

    @menage
    I wouldn't mind the critique so much if EG did away with scores seeing as they're:

    "just a gut feeling expressed in an easy-to-digest format"

    If scores didn't matter, why the hell use them yourselves. But no, numbers get clicks and hits. And debate and "better than Halo's".
    I suspect they wouldn't if they didn't have good reason to fear that the majority of their readers need spoon-feeding, sadly. And a bunch of angry, previously nameless and faceless internet users can make a website owner's life hell.

    When they didn't put scores on Alpha reviews (with good reason) that was one of the biggest complaints, apart from "how can you review an alpha?" obviously.

    Same when EDGE dropped scores for an issue. A lot of people respected that decision, so many others nearly bust a blood vessel complaining about it.

    EDIT: you've updated your comment three times now, each time to add a little bit more 'angry' to it. That's funny :)
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  • TarickStonefire 05/04/2014

    @Deckard1 Ha ha no that was you with the first comment, but AWESOME comeback, you really addressed my criticism directly. I consider myself answered. Reply +3
  • TarickStonefire 05/04/2014

    @moroboshi "This article simply makes no sense."

    To you. It makes a lot of sense to people who think about it a liiitle bit more than you have.
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  • TarickStonefire 05/04/2014

    @Haydar
    "Said the guys who gave 7/10 to Virtue's Last Reward, which was one of the greatest games ever."
    Well you just made EG's point.

    YOU loved that game, evidently, but this particular reviewer did not love it quite as much - they really liked it (a 7 is a good score numbnuts!) but didn't LOVE it like you. Maybe a few other reviewers also did not and the metacritic score for the game dropped a few points on average, below the invisible threshold many gamers set for themselves as a barrier, a guarantee of excellence. Therefore they all missed out on a game that may have been divisive, but which they may have absolutely loved.

    If they'd read reviews rather than looking at mysteriously-calculated Metacritic (it's not an average), they might have got the game and LOVED it like you.

    Instead they apply their purchases to a ridiculous numeric scale, rather than taking time to read about a game in detail.
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  • TarickStonefire 05/04/2014

    @LetsGo
    "Whatever you say about metacritic, overall, the scores are usually spot on once enough reviews are processed.

    Devs don't like them because it calls out the bad ones more easily."
    No, devs don't like them because cunt publishers will withhold thousands and thousands of pounds in bonuses from a developer because the publisher demanded a minimum 80 on MetaCritic and the Metacritic calculations resulted in a 79. That's why.
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  • TarickStonefire 05/04/2014

    @Deckard1
    This is one of those articles where you're really struggling for something to write about for the weekend so you blow a completely insignificant thing totally out of proportion isn't it?

    This is one of those comments where you can't personally understand why a lot of people are talking about a thing so you pile in to demean the thing and the people talking about it, failing to appreciate the irony that you don't think the thing is worth talking about but you do think it's worth insulting people over, isn't it?
    Reply +17
  • Jon Hare's Word Explorer out now

  • TarickStonefire 03/04/2014

    It just looks so horribly cheap and tacky. And collecting stock photos of places around the world seems about as limp a reward for progression as I can imagine.

    I understand the game itself is supposed to be something special but looking at the pre-release stuff for it, I just can't see how.

    And yet so much praise and excitement! I'm evidently utterly wrong here so will need to see for myself.
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  • Carmageddon: Reincarnation Early Access review

  • TarickStonefire 03/04/2014

    @Gemeo Jokes, right? Right?? Reply 0
  • Game jam reality show cancelled as indies wouldn't put up with its s***

  • TarickStonefire 01/04/2014

    @Apaar
    "So called gender stereotypes are just observations of the typical behaviour of the sexes. Our behaviour is largely based on biology that is for all our intents and purposes eternal. Consequently our deep seated behavioural patterns won't ever really die out or become antiquated.

    Keeping this in mind, asking about the possible disadvantages caused by the inter-gender relationships at a work place was quite bold and politically incorrect, whether the interviewer himself realized it or not."
    What utter bullshit.
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  • TarickStonefire 01/04/2014

    I'm actually not sure i believe this. I mean I know people who make TV shows are cunts, but this is *ridiculous* at times, and it's April 1st today so... Reply +6
  • Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls review

  • TarickStonefire 31/03/2014

    @Sharzam "But it is not a flaw in game design as you make out,"

    I didn't make out it was a flaw in the design, I very clearly wrote:

    "
    It looks great, sounds great, and scratches an itch for 30 minutes at a time, a few times a week, but I think it's probably aimed at people playing with friends."
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  • TarickStonefire 31/03/2014

    @Crosshash
    I dunno man. I acknowledge that I'm in the small minority, but I just can't help but find Diablo 3 boring. It's still just running around using the same 3 skills killing shit - only now you actually get better gear more often.

    But there's still not really an end game. In D2, I was consistently motivated to play because PvP was so much fun. Since it's effortless to respec, I haven't really found a multitude of builds like there was in D2.

    I just can't shake the feeling that D3 is an elaborate hamster wheel.
    I'm in agreement with you, I never really played the first two but got the demo for the 3rd and very quickly came to similar conclusions as you about how much actual depth there was to it.

    Recently picked up the full price game and am toiling through it, but it's kind of dull. Sure, I'm playing alone so that's probably why, but all the same I have no real excitement loading it up, never really want to find out what happens next. I know what happens next: I kill some more demons using increasingly powerful attacks.

    It looks great, sounds great, and scratches an itch for 30 minutes at a time, a few times a week, but I think it's probably aimed at people playing with friends.
    Reply +1
  • TarickStonefire 31/03/2014

    @Arsecake_Baker
    /10!

    Hmm!

    I like D3 but only once or twice, to play through it over and over is an exercise in monotony.

    A review score of 9/10 strikes me as fanboyism, D3 RoS and i'm playing it now, is fun, but it's absolutely not a 9/10!
    One man's opinion strikes you as fanboyism because he enjoyed it a bit more than you?

    Okaaaaaay.

    I see you didn't deign to grace us with *your* score, you just stuck around long enough to call the reviewer a fanboy. Nice.
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  • EA makes Dead Space free on Origin

  • TarickStonefire 30/03/2014

    @AlphaCookie Ooooh, fighting talk. Writing off all reviews from an entire site because you didn't agree with a perfectly reasonable 7/10 for Dead Space about 6 years ago? Bless. Reply 0
  • Threes dev reacts to clones with 42K word blog post

  • TarickStonefire 29/03/2014

    @penhalion "And there in lies the problem. Spending a year on something doesn't automatically mean it's better. In fact if 2048 is anything to go by it kind of simply says you spend about 11 months and three weeks too long on Threes."

    I took that to mean that having spent a year with the game, they were well placed to know it was a deeper, better game. Not that a year of development equals a better game by default.
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  • TarickStonefire 29/03/2014

    @Rogueywon "My MA thesis was 50k words and took me 18 months. I'm slightly terrified at the thought of a 42k word blog post.

    But there's nothing wrong with taking the time to say something properly, where necessary. I'll take a look later. A bit at a time."?

    If you'd read the article you'd know that the word count is taken up with hundreds and hundreds of emails and texts to each other. It's more of a diary than a blog post.
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  • TarickStonefire 29/03/2014

    @Malek86 "While clones probably are annoying for developers, I don't think the notion that something must be better "because it's been in development for a longer time and because it's the original", is necessarily true."

    Interesting comment but that's not what they're saying in their post.
    Reply +1
  • FTL due next week on iPad for $10

  • TarickStonefire 28/03/2014

    @MrBeast The original iPad was behind the times when it came out. Sorry but, it's a dinosaur these days.

    Negged for stating facts. I love the losers round here :D
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  • TarickStonefire 28/03/2014

    @AgentDaleCooper "A bit greedy steep at that price if you ask me. Star Command is significantly less expensive and fulfils the same space and does it well. .

    Not being a tight arse; just being realistic. Most will wait for the sale."

    Couple of things.

    1) You *are* being a tight arse, you're *not* being realistic. If you were being realistic you'd recognise that as a completely fair price for the work they've done.

    2) Star Command is an absolute turd next to FTL. It promised so much and delivered a tedious, fussy bore-a-thon.
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  • TarickStonefire 28/03/2014

    Excellent, been waiting for this for a while! FTL is fantastic!

    Out There is going to get deleted, though. Pales in comparison to FTL.
    Reply +3
  • Respawn locks Titanfall cheaters into "the Wimbledon of aimbot contests"

  • TarickStonefire 27/03/2014

    @arcam
    "I'd prefer they just get perma-banned.

    This system allows them to realise their cheat has been detected and report it to the cheat coder who can work on making a new, undetectable hack."
    True, whereas getting permabanned merely allows them to realise their cheat has been detected and report it to the cheat coder who can work on making a new, undetectable hack…

    ;)
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  • TarickStonefire 27/03/2014

    @arcam "I'm not really sure why everyone's so happy though. Usually cheaters are banned, this time they're allowed to keep playing (although only with other cheaters). What's so good about that?"

    Because the cheaters can only play with each other, where nobody gives a shit about them.
    Reply +5
  • TarickStonefire 27/03/2014

    @Illgameonanything AWESOME.

    I think there's SO much more opportunity to fuck with cheaters like that. Sure, do this stuff too, but also stuff like you suggested. That would be so much fun to listen to.
    Reply +3
  • UK video game tax breaks approved

  • TarickStonefire 27/03/2014

    You can do anything in games, anything at all. But they'll prioritise helping out games that are telling 'British' stories. What for? Are we trying to entice people to come here or put them off?! Reply -2
  • Game of Thrones Ascent hits iPad

  • TarickStonefire 27/03/2014

    I have never seen a single episode of this show. Reply -5
  • Misogyny, racism and homophobia: where do video games stand?

  • TarickStonefire 21/03/2014

    @arcam

    I'm pretty sick of this argument now. Virtually everyone in the industry agrees that minorities are under-represented and everyone would like to produce more progressive games.

    There is no need to try and convince anyone - if games-makers were confident more progressive games could make as much or more money than current games do, they would be making them today. But until that happens we shouldn't expect big companies to make decisions based on social responsibility because its completely unrealistic."
    There evidently is a need to convince some sectors. Global-sized publishers, for example.
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  • This is how Borderlands 2 looks on PlayStation Vita

  • TarickStonefire 20/03/2014

    @Guy.J. Still not actually saying what bias you're talking about, but good at finding ways of making yourself look like the bigger man. Fine, "you win". Reply +1
  • McDonald's Mario Happy Meal unboxing video

  • TarickStonefire 20/03/2014

    @1rafayal "Nintendo's Mushroom Kingdom-themed toy range is available now until 29th April and features eight different collectable figurines, including Mario, Luigi, Toad, Yoshi and Donkey Kong.

    Surely this should be the 29th of March? Unless this is running until next year?"

    Um… No. The 29th of April is in just over a month. There is one next year too. And the year after that. But why you'd think that, and not the one in just over a month, nobody knows...
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  • TarickStonefire 20/03/2014

    @MrTomFTW thanks for letting us know you've been to mcdonalds and have no sense of humour. Awesome facts. Really useful. Added so much value. You deserve to be a forum mod with that inability to lighten the fuck up :D Reply +1