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  • Goodbye, P.T.: Inventive, brilliant, and troubled

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 28/04/2015

    @eozgonul Game development is not Konami's main source of income. They also work in the casino and hotel markets which generate far greater revenues for them. Reply 0
  • Bethesda removes paid mods in Skyrim

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 28/04/2015

    Thank fuck for that. Reply -2
  • The next Dirt is PC only, Early Access and out today

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 27/04/2015

    @UncleLou When I commented here I'd not read the other article. Reply +3
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 27/04/2015

    This won't stay PC exclusive forever. To think otherwise would be naive. It makes sense for the time being as racing sim fans on PC are more likely to own steering wheels and pedals, so the community feedback regarding the handling will no doubt prove invaluable to the devs and will only result in a better game. It will then come to console and that way everybody wins. Project CARS is a prime example of this. Reply +10
  • Gabe Newell responds to paid mods controversy

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 27/04/2015

    @UncleLou But at least they offer it for their games, which is more than can be said for Valve and their own titles. Offering refunds for someone else's game would, I imagine, be something of a legal ball ache. Reply +1
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 27/04/2015

    @grassyknoll I was with you right up until you called people who like having games in their Steam library "fucking idiots". I like having a Steam library as it makes my games collection easy to access, even the non-Steam games I've added to it, like Elite Dangerous, Star Citizen, Dungeon Keeper and Beneath A Steel Sky. I fail to see how that makes me an idiot. Take your condescension over to IGN. You'll fit in over there. Reply +4
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 27/04/2015

    @UncleLou EA offer refunds on Origin. A week after purchase or within 24 hours hours of you launching the game. Reply +24
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 27/04/2015

    I can see it now: Fallout 4 is released in 2016, an unfinished bug-ridden mess, and Bethesda decide to make all mods exclusive to Steam Workshop and limit them to being Premium only. A modder/some modders will then fix the game, iron out all the issues Bethesda didn't, but because this mod can only be paid for, Bethesda's coffers will swell with money that came from someone else's hard work.

    I think this is a daft decision from Valve (a company who let's not forget wouldn't be where they are now without mods, their entire success is built on them), though I suspect this was more Bethesda's doing given how popular Skyrim is on Steam. Here's hoping modders choose to put their mods up on Nexus or ModDb rather than Steam Workshop.
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  • Warcraft movie slips 3 months to June 2016

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 24/04/2015

    I think it has more to do with Universal not wanting Warcraft to be drowned out at the box office, and in public awareness and column inches by Batman v Superman, which also releases in March. Same thing happened with the new Mission Impossible. Was due out the week before Christmas, and then Disney announced the exact same release date for Star Wars, so its release date was brought forward by five months. Reply +1
  • Mortal Kombat X review

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 20/04/2015

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  • Guitar Hero Live has redesigned controller with six black and white notes

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 14/04/2015

    I want another Gitaroo Man game... Reply +1
  • What made Super Mario 64 so special?

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 12/04/2015

    One of the greatest games ever made. Tick-Tock Clock is one of my favourite levels from any game. Fiendishly difficult but a joy to explore. Reply +5
  • Jon Blyth on: Bloodborne

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 11/04/2015

    @Steve_81 Thanks for the tip, but I'm really not looking to buy a PS4 with a copy of Bloodborne any time soon. I personally find the Souls games and many of their fans utterly obnoxious (see that IGN article I mentioned for proof).

    The cult of Miyazaki is akin to Scientology. Both of their followers are devout, elitist, and refuse to acknowledge criticisms that they might actually be a complete load of bollocks. Like you said in your original post (and Blyth's piece implies), it's an echo-chamber and that people somehow feel worthy because they like these games - or worse - have actually finished them, is just fucking tragic. These are games for fuck sake, they're toys, why the need to take it so seriously?
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 11/04/2015

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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 11/04/2015

    @gravearchitecture You have missed the point of the article. He hasn't expressed his proper opinion because he knows he'll get absolutely hammered for it by rabid fans of a series throwing abuse at him who are simply unable to accept valid criticisms. Just read the 19,000+ comments on Dan Stapleton's IGN piece. It's vile, and all because he had the audacity to express his opinion.

    The Souls games represent the very worst of gaming/Internet culture (minus the SWAT-ing) and the ego trip that the game's players go on because they finished them is just a bit sad when all is said and done. I haven't played Bloodborne because I tried to play Demon Souls and Dark Souls 1 and knew after about 6-8 hours with each of them that they just weren't for me. Repetition, repetition and more repetition do not a good game make. Combine that with From's inability to actually get their games looking half-decent and running at a respectable frame rate as well as the poor design choices made and they are certainly not masterpieces by any means.
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  • Surprise Call of Duty Black Ops 2 update sparks Black Ops 3 reveal

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 10/04/2015

    "Campaign, Multiplayer and Zombies, providing fans with the deepest and most ambitious Call of Duty ever."

    That's like saying "Knife, Fork and Napkin make this the most adventurous and tastiest meal McDonald's customers will ever eat."
    Reply +4
  • Winners might use drugs

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 08/04/2015

    @prolific8 I am astoundeded that you've been downvoted as much as you have. Such staggering ignorance. ADHD's existence has been up for debate for years, and as pointed out in this amazing video, children are basically being medicated to calm them down. The world children are born into today is brimming with so much visual and aural stimulation they just cannot process it all.

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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 08/04/2015

    "Winners might use drugs."

    Yes. Yes they do.

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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 08/04/2015

    I can't help but think of Frankie Boyle's gag about how instead of banning athletes from taking performance enhancing drugs, they should all be on them instead. Would you rather see Usain Bolt run the 100m in 9.6 seconds or see him do it in 3.4 seconds? The same goes for eSports. The more 360 no-scopes the better. Reply +5
  • How Slender gave gaming its Blair Witch moment

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 06/04/2015

    An interesting article, but I would actually take it a bit further. The Blair Witch Project took the same idea of a film made a year earlier called The Last Broadcast, which explored a mythical demon called the Jersey Devil. It wasn't a particularly good film but it was most definitely original.

    Now, Slender isn't a particularly good game. I remember playing the original demo and, whilst the sound design made it undeniably creepy and tense, the idea just didn't carry over well enough into The Arrival. Outlast on the other hand, is a tremendous game and and took the ideas laid out by Slender and expanded upon it superbly.

    If anything, Slender was gaming's The Last Broadcast, a wholly original idea without the quality of execution that Outlast benefited so greatly from. Outlast was gaming's Blair Witch Project (and not just because of your character's use of a camcorder) and it the set the template for future survival horror games, notably Routine and Alien: Isolation.

    Anyway, regardless of what I think, I enjoyed this article. Nice Bank Holiday reading.
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  • The best Xbox One games

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 05/04/2015

    This comments section is going to be great fun... Reply +9
  • Microsoft discontinues Kinect for Windows

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 03/04/2015

    @Bickle2 Well said. I was going to post something similar but you actually know someone who works with them for a fantastic purpose. Much like when Facebook bought Oculus, many see these items as something only intended for gaming and not for the wider benefits they bring to society. Reply +14
  • Surprise! Elite: Dangerous is now on Steam

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 02/04/2015

    @CaptainKid You sit at your desk and seethe at the fact a player can't accept his death like a man and take it rather than combat logging like a coward. Reply +3
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 02/04/2015

    @CaptainKid Both. I am making it rather more difficult to find wanted players though as I refuse to go to Lave. It's populated with griefers and bell ends and I can't be dealing with the agro any more. Being rammed by someone in a Type 9 or Fer-De-Lance is mildly amusing when you're in a crappy Hauler. Not so funny when the same prick keeps ramming you, this time when you're flying a Viper worth nearly 2m and it disintegrates upon impact. Reply 0
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 02/04/2015

    @StooMonster All Steam gives you is the launcher, the updates would still come from Frontier's end. Also, the only reason I can imagine Frontier being reluctant to hand out Steam keys is because there's nothing to stop people selling them on eBay, therefore costing Frontier many sales. However, I would assume they could generate one for each account specifically? Reply 0
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 02/04/2015

    This game has absolutely taken over my life since the exploration and bounty hunting payouts were increased. Not only that, but forming Wings and heading into a conflict zone is just incredible fun. Looking forward to 1.3's Powerplay update. Hoping that allows us to set up guilds.

    EDIT. If someone not as stupid as me can tell me how to get SweetFX working with this and explain it to me as if I was a toddler I'd be most grateful. I have spent more time than I care to remember trying to get it to work and it just won't. The game just refuses to launch.
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  • Xbox One-exclusive Quantum Break leaps to 2016

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 02/04/2015

    @captainT Is your sarcasm detector malfunctioning? Reply -4
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 02/04/2015

    Just need EA to delay Battlefront into next year and 2015 is proper fucked. Reply -11
  • Inside Eve Online's game of thrones

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 29/03/2015

    @Thrice87 The beauty of EVE is that when you quit in a huff because the game seems so obtuse (I raged twice and vowed never to play it again), the next time you go back to it it's so much easier to play than it was before you quit.

    I would encourage you to stick with it, persist, and really give it a good go and don't let it get you down because in my nearly 30 years of gaming, the moment EVE finally clicked and I "got it" was one of the most wonderful feelings. Now I'm piloting a stealth bomber lurking in nullsec (and occasionally wormhole space when I'm feeling brave enough) ready to decloak and strike at any moment and it's a huge adrenaline rush.
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 29/03/2015

    Great article, Bert. EVE Online is quite something. I've just renewed my sub after playing for six months and I have to say, I always knew EVE was special from reading news articles about another colossal battle or outrageous heist, but until I finally dipped my toe in to those scary intimidating waters, I realised afterwards that I had no idea just how special EVE is.

    From a sheer mechanics point of view EVE is vast, yet CCP have somehow managed to balance them all and have these mechanics working coherently in a way that leaves my jaw hanging almost every time I log in. It is a stunning feat of design and no other game comes close to matching it in terms of depth and implementation.

    EVE certainly isn't a perfect game and is most definitely not for everyone. My biggest complaint about it is that it isn't really... fun. It's certainly rewarding but you have to put the effort in, you need to go to Youtube and watch videos explaining how things work (especially for things such as how to achieve the best fit for example), and read blogs and tips sites for guidance. You only get out from EVE what you put in because it won't spoon-feed you. Most importantly, use the comms chat to ask players in your faction or in local how to do something, because as I've found out in my brief time in New Eden, the EVE community is always happy to help. Everyone who plays it knows how complex it is and also just how brilliant it is, and they want more people playing it.

    It definitely isn't my favourite game, but in terms of what it is, how it operates (both in the game and outside of it), and what it's achieved with regards to demonstrating just how deep, involving and powerful games can really be, EVE is arguably one of the greatest games ever made. It is truly remarkable in a way that no other game can ever be.
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  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U will not launch in 2015

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 28/03/2015

    @erp Nintendo are the masters of the remaster. They've been doing it for the best part of twenty years! My comment was meant as a jibe at the industry in general because this is a worrying trend. Reply +2
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 27/03/2015

    Not to worry. No doubt Nintendo have another remaster ready to go to plug the gap. Reply +2
  • Make Arma Not War mod competition winners named

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 27/03/2015

    I thought Battle Royale should have won. It's absolutely magnificent and a nerve-jangling experience the further into a round you get. A tremendous mod and I highly recommend it. Reply +3
  • Sega Steam sale makes Alien: Isolation a mere 7.99

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 26/03/2015

    @Utopolitan Quite a few people, myself included, were concerned about the game before its release. It previewed poorly at Rezzed and was the first Alien game since Colonial Marines, so it was understandable why many of us approached it with trepidation. Thank fuck we were all proven so categorically wrong. Reply 0
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 26/03/2015

    @IronSoldier That doesn't work. Hohum. One for a Steam sale. Thanks anyway. :)

    EDIT: Ignore me. It does work. You're an absolute beauty Mr IronSoldier. PSA: Make sure you clear all GoG cookies from your browser before doing it or it won't work.
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 26/03/2015

    @George-Roper Yeah, I can understand that. Personally though I love the DLC as it shows just how well suited the game is to speedruns. The Salvage mode they added also fills me with hope that if a sequel is ever made, it will have you playing as a young girl or boy on the LV426 colony scavenging for food and avoiding multiple Aliens, a la... Aliens.

    Playing through the campaign again on Nightmare difficulty. Brutal doesn't even come close to describing it...
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 26/03/2015

    Best game of last year. No excuses, people, no excuses. Reply +11
  • Valve-approved Half-Life 2: Update headed to Steam

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 26/03/2015

    @mecha-B Who knows, maybe a Portal 3 is already in development? I certainly hope so, if only because Source 2 looks absolutely sumptuous, even in this grainy footage.

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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 26/03/2015

    Any excuse for a replay of one of the best games ever. Reply +2
  • Video: NewRetroArcade: Unreal 4 and VR's mind-blowing mix

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 26/03/2015

    This is straight out of Ready Player One. Interesting that this piece should be posted on the same day as the announcement of the film version. Reply +2
  • Spielberg to direct video game-themed adventure Ready Player One

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 26/03/2015

    Good book. Reply +1
  • YouTube Live to take on Twitch and be announced at E3 - report

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 25/03/2015

    @Unholy_Witchcraft Your comment reminds me of this. http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/society/modern-youth-not-starting-a-subculture-unless-they-get-paid-for-it-2014032184876 Reply -1
  • PS4 firmware 2.5 release date and details

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 25/03/2015

    @SuperSoupy Dailymotion don't give a shit about copyright unlike Youtube (especially with regard to music) and let you upload whatever you want. Reply +4
  • Star Citizen patch 1.1 makes big changes, adds two new spaceships

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/03/2015

    @nd-hegira Of course there are other choices, I wasn't trying to imply that there weren't, but re-reading my post back I can see where you're coming from. One of the other choices people have, especially if they have no interest in Star Citizen (and more importantly, knowledge of its progress in development) is to not constantly bore everyone to death in every comments thread about how much they think a guy with over thirty years development experience is a conman and declaring the game a scam. It's boring, ill-informed and really, really fucking tedious to read and makes me wonder why they feel the need to do it again and again. If they're so against SC and have no interest in it, then maybe, just maybe, they should do the decent thing and fuck off. Reply 0
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/03/2015

    @bad09 It's not DLC, it's just something you get in return for helping to fund development. It doesn't pay for itself with Monopoly money and chocolate coins. If I had a much higher income, I'd probably pledge a bit more money, because this is the kind of game I've wanted to play for the best part of 20 years and I'd love to see it completed as intended. I've spent 40 on Star Citizen and that's it, because a) it's all I can afford and b) I know I can unlock the bigger ships in-game.

    If you're content with publishers continually churning out unoriginal, unambitious, shit-on-a-stick AAA games with cynical post-release DLC whilst curtailing any creative freedom and ambition amongst one of their studios for fear of spending too much money and upsetting shareholders, knock yourself out.
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/03/2015

    @bad09 Look, I understand that you're cynical about the project, and we've debated the pros and cons of the funding in previous article threads, but the point I tried to make (and clearly failed at doing so) was that what other people spend their money on is none of our business. Insulting people as others have done here is just childish and quite frankly pathetic. A graphics card, whilst obviously more useful, is seen by many people I know as a waste of money, because gaming is something they have no interest in. I can accept that, because opinions are like arseholes. Everyone has one.

    What I will challenge you on however, is your claim that the game is a con. If you had backed the game and followed its development you'd know that major features that were pitched and/or added as part of stretch goals are slowly but surely becoming reality. CIG are remarkably transparent about things not only going well, but problems they're facing and fuck ups that they make.

    Also, for the basic pledge of 35, you're getting a huge 30+hour campaign and an MMO for which you'll pay no subscription. I fail to see what's wrong with then giving people the opportunity to finance this if they have the means and are happy to do so. They're not forcing people to buy these ships.
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/03/2015

    @Dizzy No, because the game will allow other groups of players to attack a large multicrew ship, board it, kill the players on board and then steal it. Reply -1
  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/03/2015

    @bad09 Some might say the same thing about people such as ourselves dropping 230 notes on a graphics card, but if that's what people like us want to spend their money on, how does it do anyone else any harm?

    The people spending that money on ships are funding development (which is coming along very nicely) and getting cool shit in return. There is no harm being done and those people are helping to ensure that this hugely ambitious game sees the light of day.
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  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/03/2015

    @MrWonderstuff Not as big a bell end as the person who thinks they can tell people what to do with the money they've worked for. Reply +5
  • How video games could save your life

  • The_shlaaaag_returns 23/03/2015

    What a brilliant piece. Well done, John. One of the best articles on EG for a long time. Interesting and thought-provoking. Reply +4