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  • Rockstar launches BBC lawsuit over Grand Theft Auto drama

  • TarickStonefire 22/05/2015

    I never really understand why people crow and snigger about not paying the TV license when they can perfectly well afford it. The BBC will literally crumble without it. And people who claim they don't watch their stuff, and actually genuinely mean it, I suspect are in the overwhelming minority.

    Is a shame. It will be missed.
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  • EA Star Wars domain cybersquatted by 4chan users

  • TarickStonefire 20/05/2015

    So, like, who actually cares? EA obviously don't, as they already have a perfectly good domain thanks very much. Reply -7
  • Video: All you need to know about Assassin's Creed Syndicate

  • TarickStonefire 18/05/2015

    Really? ALL I need to know? Or more accurately, all you've been fed by the PR department, which is certainly all anyone needs to know because it's completely objective and totally accurate.

    Utter codswallop Monday filler.
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  • Actually, Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, I think you'll find…

  • TarickStonefire 15/05/2015

    AC background plotting is full of Abstergo employee notes pointing out how little they give a shit about getting dates for stuff like that right. It's a masterful ploy to get out of having to get their research exactly right! ;) Reply 0
  • Invisible, Inc review

  • TarickStonefire 14/05/2015

    @Yossarian yeah I prefer games with a thoughtful level of difficulty, and thoughtful level design. This has a lovely presentation but the way it challenges you jars terribly with the genre.

    "Creep around! Be stealthy! Don't get spotted! Not that it matters, we'll send agents to your precise location every three turns anyway!"

    Mainly I'm just crushingly disappointed. Had been genuinely OMG IT'S OUT?! about it. Then I played it, by which time I'd paid for it. Ah well, at least their Ninja game was good (Don't Starve was a bit meh too).
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  • TarickStonefire 14/05/2015

    I enjoyed the first two levels. After that it's just tortuously hard, achieved by simply throwing enemies at you until you fail.

    It doesn't matter how careful a spy you are, the game fakes a constantly rising threat level so even if you never put a foot wrong, the game will detect you every three or four moves and send another couple of fresh and increasingly well-armed troops to find you. It becomes not so much a game of sneaking, but a game of pathetically dancing around one square on the grid that for some reason no guard ever investigates, until the game decides to send three new guards to that exact spot.

    Not much fun.

    Only get this if you actively enjoy almost impossible challenges, even on 'Easy'.
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  • TarickStonefire 13/05/2015

    "Want to see how a mission plays out? You can totally do that."
    You're broadcasting the final mission in the game, by way of an example of gameplay? Is that wise, or is it something you'll see so many times there's no risk of spoilers?
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  • Double Fine's Massive Chalice due to leave Early Access 1st June

  • TarickStonefire 14/05/2015

    @Sammoore SO they should have admitted it months earlier, when it became painfully obvious to them internally. Instead they put their head in the sand and refused to even engage on their forums. It went very quiet.

    Conversely, Broken Age development was as openly documented as it's possible to be, really. Very different approach.

    And Massive Chalice was fully funded and, this time, better managed financially. They've completed without needing to sell the first half for more funds (like they did with Broken Age).

    In both KS cases it's worth noting they've delivered the game they said they would. Not stopped only a tiny way in and booted a bare-bones half-game out and whistled innocently that "no really it's 1.0, it's all done!" like they did with Early Access. Turns out that's not how you're supposed to use Early Access, as Steam was quick to amend their T&Cs shortly after DF9's 'release'.
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  • TarickStonefire 14/05/2015

    @melnificent I have yet to see a single person* actively defend what they did on that DF9, other than staff. What fanboys?

    Anyway, DF9 wasn't a Kickstarter. Massive Chalice was. So there's not a great deal of comparison to be done there.

    * Actually I did see one single sole thread on the Steam forums that says something like "it's not as bad as all that, I rather like it". But that's it. And nobody, but nobody, that I've ever seen (so they may exist I suppose) thinks that DF handled how they got there at all well.

    It's the event that made me think: Actually, I think Tim Schafer is a bit of a twat. He honestly thought they did the right thing there. The right thing would have been admitting the moment they realised that Early Access funds were dwindling *fast*. Instead, they persisted in letting us believe their big plan for a hugely successful game a la Prison Architect was rolling along just fine.

    Anyone paying attention to the updates, or lack of them, could tell something was up. It's why I never ever pulled the trigger on buying it. What a mess.
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  • "Weird and hard and super awkward": Klei talks Invisible, Inc. and Early Access

  • TarickStonefire 14/05/2015

    Tried to love this game yesterday, failed hard. It's fun and clever and so promising for precisely two proper levels, and then it becomes clear that the challenge is entirely fixed by the game. You can be as careful and as stealthy and as tricksy as you like, after a while the game simply decides you've been too good and sends in trooper after trooper after trooper to your PRECISE location. What's the point in sneaking and carefully hacking if the game ALWAYS knows exactly where you and ALWAYS sends troops to that precise point?

    Gave up after two levels. Slogging against brute force isn't much fun.
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  • The Witcher 3 is a masterpiece of world-building

  • TarickStonefire 13/05/2015

    On the surface, Wild Hunt is pretty standard fare, as far as the genre of free-roaming role-playing games goes. Like, say, Bethesda's Elder Scrolls series before it, the Witcher 3 coughs up an expansive, explorable fantasy kingdom, stuffs it full of stories and then sends you crisscrossing the continent, gathering quests that mix ample chat with magic-imbued hack-and-slash combat, all topped off with extensive character customisation.
    It sounds ace!

    Except for the entire fantasy angle. For that reason alone I've never played a Witcher title longer than a few hours. I just couldn't care less about fantasy universes.

    Fallout 4 please.
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  • TarickStonefire 13/05/2015

    @bosseye I don't remember a time when any comment of Roper's wasn't a blatant attempt to stir up shit. Every. Single. One. Reply -2
  • TarickStonefire 13/05/2015

    I just wish someone would put this much effort into something that isn't about sodding orcs and spells and magic and all that crap. Skyrim was pretty much the only time I've ever cared about it all to play enough. But that was the only time.

    Fallout 4 please!
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  • Gap between free and paid Black Mesa will widen

  • TarickStonefire 12/05/2015

    So most of these comments basically boil down to WAAAH I HATE PAYING FOR OTHER PEOPLE'S WORK. Pathetic. Reply -1
  • TarickStonefire 12/05/2015

    @SpaceMonkey77 He doesn't need to "put forward a counterpoint". Simply quoting the nonsense trolling you posted was all that needed to be said to mock it soundly :) Reply 0
  • TarickStonefire 12/05/2015

    @santiagomatamoros "This is just a money-grab."

    You mean they made a thing, and it took time, and they decided to charge money to make it sustainable? Also, they HAVE updated the mods engine. The one that costs money. Because money makes updating the mods engine sustainable.

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  • MGS5's seedy Quiet figure has squeezable boobs

  • TarickStonefire 12/05/2015

    @governmentyard "Here's an idea, EG - why not just stop giving these tacky enterprises any publicity at all?"

    Because burying our head in the sand while these things we object to but which reflect on us go on unhindered, that's always resulted in change.

    Reply -2
  • Video: Playing Black Mesa, the Half-Life for today

  • TarickStonefire 10/05/2015

    @RSX901 "I'm sorry, but what's written here is complete bollocks. Fair enough you don't see Half-Life through rose-tinted specs like a lot of us do. But a graphics overhall doesn't suddenly make it a more playable game. You say it felt like "forced museum appreciation" and that you had a hard time hitting headcrabs with your crowbar. Did the sparkly new graphics make you completely forget about the long tram ride at the beginning, or even more inexplicably, help you to hit those exact same headcrabs now that they look that much nicer? I get what you're saying about being more inclined to play more modern games in your backlog, but Black Mesa does not magically make Half Life a better game, even if you can pick things up now. This isn't to take anything away from what these guys have done; Black Mesa is one of the best mods ever created and makes a great game even better, but Half Life is still that - a great game, no matter how dated it looks."

    Wow, that's one long WAAAAAAAAAAAH.

    You do know he's allowed to have an opinion? Right? And his opinion is allowed to differ from yours? Right? And that he didn't actually say "nicer graphics make it awesome"?
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  • Kerbal Space Program review

  • TarickStonefire 07/05/2015

    @Eraser " Blasphemy! You have no soul, sinner! Hisssss!"

    Ha, I'd argue it's because I do have a soul that I find it hard to enjoy! Can't leave em up there, can't learn to bring em back.

    And also because I'm a perfectionist and control freak, and don't have the time to spend perfecting this very hard to perfect game ;)
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  • TarickStonefire 07/05/2015

    @HoloDust Cool, thanks. Will try today, but I really hate leaving Kerbals up there. It honestly makes me not want to play, leaving them up there. Reply 0
  • TarickStonefire 07/05/2015

    "A condiment will be something you've already got and compatible with most, if not all meals.

    How is that like a mod?"
    I order a meal, I try it, it's not quite to my taste, I add free salt and pepper at my discretion. Chef allows customer modification of food once the customer receives it.

    I buy Kerbal, I try it, the aerodynamics aren't to my taste, I install a free mod that makes it work like how I want it to. Developer allows user modification of their software at user's discretion.

    I mean, I still think a game should get something as core as the aerodynamics 'right' in the first place. The fact there's mods to make it harder AND easier feels odd to me, personally.

    But then again, I installed a few mods to play WoW properly (shortcuts mainly) so I guess I'm not being consistent here and should just go play the game :)
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  • TarickStonefire 07/05/2015

    @opalw00t "I take it that you don't add condiments to your food then?"

    Now that's a good comeback. Really made me think.


    Okay, the problem is the aerodynamics mod everyone says to get. That's such a core part of the game, the idea that I'm being told to change it puts me off the rest of the game. What else isn't good enough and needs to be modded?

    Cosmetic stuff I'm fine with.
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  • TarickStonefire 07/05/2015

    @HoloDust "Until then, KSP is, as always, best played with mods - either FAR or NEAR for dynamics (depending on how hard you want it) and tons of other for everything from additional parts, technologies to remodeling Kerbal solar system into our own."

    I just can't get excited about paying money for a game that's "best played with" software hacks not created by the developers.

    Either the game is good as it is, or not.

    EDIT: I am being convinced otherwise on this point! Still not sure that a game that is at it's core about aerodynamics which needs it's entire aerodynamic model to be changed to a customer-made mod in order to meet approval says very good things about the core game, though.
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  • TarickStonefire 07/05/2015

    @Eraser "To anyone who decides to buy this right now: prepare to dive into a timesink that's worse than World of Warcraft ;)"

    I am proof this does not apply to everyone. Maybe two hours total clocked in three years...
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  • TarickStonefire 07/05/2015

    Tried it about three years ago and it was way too primitive, but evidently going to be bloody awesome.

    Tried it a year ago and got a Kerbal trapped in orbit with no hope of recovery, and when I was advised to "either leave him there, or learn to fly better and pilot a rescue mission that flies up alongside it, collects him using EVA suit, then returns to earth which is a manoeuvre you say you've never successfully attempted" I kind of gave up as both seemed like fun-less options.

    I take games way too seriously.
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  • No aim-down-ironsights for Star Wars Battlefront

  • TarickStonefire 07/05/2015

    Star Wars pedantry alert! Tag line shoulda been 'Use the Force' - 'Stay on target' is spoken by an X-wing pilot with no ironsights but a damn nice targeting computer... ;) Reply -2
  • TarickStonefire 07/05/2015

    @customtaylor "Personally I find that FPS's without iron sights features takes away from the immersion of the game. I may be the minority here but I'd really like to see them in the game."

    a) there's some scopes instead
    b) if immersion is your thing then this should improve it, as Star Wars blasters have never had them! :)
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  • Broken Age Act 2 review

  • TarickStonefire 07/05/2015

    "I hate to be "that guy", but the review pages are looking a little stark lately. As has been beaten to death, no review score, and if the game isn't recommended or better, or suck outright, no badge of any kind. And in this case - at the time of my commenting - no indication of platform or version tested, either. It's getting hard to distinguish reviews from previews from opinion pieces."
    You read the review. You find out what the reviewer thought.


    Some people need their hand holding a *lot*, huh?
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  • TarickStonefire 07/05/2015

    Trying to play this second act now, it is... hard going. Not because it's tricky, because it is and I don't mind that. It's just dull. Boring. Same places. Same characters. Same gags. So... damn... boring.

    And I don't actually think the voice work is good *at all*. It sounds like everyone was stoned, or recording in a really warm sleepy studio.
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  • "Almost certain failure": How Monolith saved Mordor

  • TarickStonefire 06/05/2015

    @Niall "Might want to edit that first sentence."

    Well will you want to or won't you? I couldn't care less if you "might want to edit that first sentence". I need ABSOLUTES.
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  • Google Play temporarily pulls Threes! for listing copycat game 2048 as search keyword

  • TarickStonefire 06/05/2015

    @Eisenstein "As I said in my down voted post"

    You sound like *such* a crybaby here :D
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  • Threes developer releases "optimistic peasant simulator" Royals

  • TarickStonefire 01/05/2015

    @Unholy_Witchcraft "hardly any games worth full price".

    Really? Hardly ANY? Even stuff charging less than 20? Less than 15? Less than 10?
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  • Apple Watch gets first exclusive game, Watch Quest

  • TarickStonefire 16/04/2015

    Who needs an Apple Watch anyway? I use a Wasp T12 smartphone with a massive 5 (it's the most popular number after all). Taking it out of my pocket gets my penis all hard, it's well weapon. Apple Watch indeed... Reply 0
  • TarickStonefire 16/04/2015

    @poundo The silhouette is clearly of an apple watch. But yes, they've certainly tried to make look as unlike an apple watch as possible. Reply 0
  • Windows usernames causing GTA 5 PC installation issues

  • TarickStonefire 14/04/2015

    If your Windows username contains characters outside of the alphabet or numbers one-to-10

    Firstly, the numbers thing. I think you meant: "if it contains any numbers". For example, you don't list the number 0 as being a problem. Sure, 10 is listed, pointlessly, but 0 isn't mentioned. So presumably anything with 0 in it is fine?

    If you insist on mentioning the numbers it doesn't like you should have put 'numbers 0-9'. Or 'numbers zero to nine'. But 'numbers one-to-10' is just amateur hour.

    Regarding the alphabet thing, again, get it right, be precise. There are readers of this site whose native alphabet wouldn't be accepted. The problem is non-Latin characters. Be specific.

    I know this seems pedantic, and I suppose it is on the face of it. But if you're going to tout yourselves as a serious outlet, a little attention to detail goes a long way!
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  • TarickStonefire 14/04/2015

    Prison Architect had this problem for months, but it's in alpha so that's understandable. Seems odd that a game would get to release and still have this particular prominent and obvious bug present. Reply -1
  • Xbox One UK price now 299.99

  • TarickStonefire 13/04/2015

    I thought I might be more interested in one of the two big consoles by this time but there's still absolutely nothing special on the new generation that makes me go I MUST PLAY IT.

    My 360 still going strong.
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  • Ironcast review

  • TarickStonefire 06/04/2015

    Only 19 comments?! On a REVIEW?!

    Wow. The writer can't have offended enough people. Or maybe the game itself requires a slightly more intellectual and hence more mature player than the average FPS?

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  • "He suddenly became incredibly sullen, angry and frustrated. He was 10"

  • TarickStonefire 02/04/2015

    @Bickle2 "I don't think you quite get it. No one should be using it, it's a pox on humanity. Banning it is to help everyone. In this case it specifically addresses the problem."

    Ah, so we should all do what you say, because only you have all the answers!

    Social media, as with all things, is perfectly fine in moderation.
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  • TarickStonefire 02/04/2015

    @dogmanstaruk "All I want to say as I don't have kids (and never plan on having them) so I'm not qualified to tell others how to raise their children."

    I can assure you that very few people are. Far as I know, there are no qualifications required to become a parent, despite needing one for most jobs, to drive a car, ride a bike, and so on. But the most responsible job in the world? Any old twat can have a go at that ;)

    I am also not a parent, but the amount of experience I have dealing with kids means if any prissy parent tries to tell me I can't join in with them talking about kids, I put them right in their place.
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  • TarickStonefire 02/04/2015

    @CaptainKid "Instead of looking at the symptoms "parents aren't parenting" look at the reason WHY."

    Okaaaaay, fair point, but are you suggesting the teachers do that, or the parents, or the government?

    In the meantime, ain't changing anything is it? So why not do a little triage with the parents? Letter is poorly written, sure, but as this article suggests it's evidently just the latest in a long string of efforts to get certain inconvenient truths about games across to parents who are either nave or just crap parents.
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  • TarickStonefire 02/04/2015

    @boom-q It's a shame you have to be so extreme. Maybe it scratches some itch or other for you. Fact is, parents are supposed to take care of their kids and these teachers are evidently dealing with years of certain parents not doing that.

    I suspect there's nothing anyone can say that will lower your relentless attacks on these perfectly reasonable observations. Not much point taking your comments seriously.
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  • The best and worst of April Fools' Day 2015 in gaming

  • TarickStonefire 01/04/2015

    Cities Skylines is today called CimCity and they're charging $$$ for mods. Launch the game and you'll see it! Amusing effort. Reply +1
  • Sunless Sea more than doubles dev's best case scenario sales estimate

  • TarickStonefire 28/03/2015

    @FallingStickman What friends references? Reply 0
  • TarickStonefire 28/03/2015

    @Eldritch "Oh, I forgot this is UK Gamer, sorry."

    Petty much?

    Ask for a job with Failbetter as a localiser. They're a huge company, easily twice the size of the massive companies that make the other games you mentioned like it means something, so I'm sure they'll have a job for you.

    Oh no, hang on.
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  • Bloodborne review

  • TarickStonefire 27/03/2015

    @wearethestorm Curious, if you're already playing it, AND you were warned there were spoilers, why did you read the review? Reply 0
  • TarickStonefire 27/03/2015

    Clearly tastes differ because everything I read above put me right off, proving that something can be as ESSENTIAL as you like, it isn't essential for everyone. It's the difficulty I'm reading about that writes it off for me completely. I have no interest in working that hard for my entertainment these days. And bosses, too. Eurgh. Life's too short! Reply +3
  • Pillars of Eternity review

  • TarickStonefire 26/03/2015

    @apoc_reg "Its 5 more than a PC game should be "

    Eurgh, how petty, how entitled, how inflexible. Who died and made you fucking self-appointed guardian of How Much Stuff Should Cost?

    And pray tell, how much exactly should a PC game cost? And is that ALL PC games, or just certain ones? What about consoles, how much should they charge for a game? And what about the difference between digital and boxed, how much should they be? I MUST KNOW!
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  • The best PS4 games

  • TarickStonefire 23/03/2015

    @dogmanstaruk "This "taboola" level of journalism does not deserve any form of financial support from the site readership."

    Yes, no other video game website or magazine in the history of this planet has EVER put together a list of the current 'best' games for any given platform, because nobody on the entire planet finds them remotely useful.

    Oh no, hang on...

    Also, you come across as the worlds biggest man child when you encourage everyone to stop EG making money simply because you personally don't like this particular article that:

    1) you don't have to read
    2) didn't push out any other article to make room for it
    3) didn't cost you anything whatsoever

    You evidently get enjoyment and entertainment from EG, including starting fights in the comments with knowingly contentious posts. Be a grownup and pay for it by allowing an ad to load, you freeloader.
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  • TarickStonefire 23/03/2015

    @hoppie00 "Also absolutely bloody love buying all of my games digital and not having to worry about storing or faffing about putting/ejecting discs all the time. "

    When it comes to consoles, I'm perfectly happy to swap a disc, then sell it off when I'm done with it.
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