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  • Free Overcooked Festive Seasoning DLC packs flamethrower

  • Toothball 02/12/2016

    Great news, we'd just got started on the Lost Morsel levels. The Flamethrowers sound mad though. Reply +1
  • Steam Winter Sale start date confirmed

  • Toothball 01/12/2016

    Steam sales are a lot more relaxing now that you don't have to watch out for limited time deals. Reply +17
  • The man who dared call educational Minecraft a "gimmick"

  • Toothball 01/12/2016

    @Bertie

    I once got called out of a PE lesson to help another group get past the baby dragons in Granny's Garden, as I'd somehow managed it once. I'd been lucky at the time, but it got me out of PE.
    Reply +5
  • Board games understand the pleasures of taking things out of the box

  • Toothball 29/11/2016

    I get a bit conflicted when a game with a nice box like those pictured gets an expansion, as you can't then keep both in the same box without discarding the insert. I had to overcome my collector instincts earlier this year when I was moving and had to compress my board game collection, and the various tiny expansion boxes were the first thing on the agenda. Games like King of Tokyo and Spartacus had nice moulded inserts, but they were sacrificed in the name of space. That said, once I'd started it got easier surprisingly quickly. The games still work after all.

    The contrasting scenario of nice inserts that provide space for expansions provide an entirely different moral dilemma. Games like Machi Koro come with excessive space for the base game, but plenty to fill with expansions. That leaves me fighting urges to fill the box with expansions even before I've played the game.

    Either way, opening board games is great fun.
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  • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls is coming to PS4

  • Toothball 19/11/2016

    This one wasn't as good as the murder classroom games, but it was entertaining enough while it lasted. It was kind of interesting to see what sort of stuff was happening while the main games were going on Reply +3
  • The 48-hour Elite Dangerous rescue mission to the edge of the galaxy

  • Toothball 17/11/2016

    That was a nice story, although I can't help but imagine that if it too place in Eve, Chiggy would have flown all the way there just to scam Macedonica. Reply +2
  • Nintendo launches new 3DS messaging app Swapdoodle

  • Toothball 17/11/2016

    Nice to see Nikki return, although it's cutting it close to the Switch release. Should get a few chuckles from this at least. Reply +1
  • Nintendo announces US Legend of Zelda live puzzle escape game

  • Toothball 16/11/2016

    Wonder if they'll make people play an actual tennis match with someone dressed up as Ganon. Reply +3
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon review

  • Toothball 15/11/2016

    I may get back into Pokemon one day. I'm just waiting for the game where pokemon wander around visibly, like enemies in Dragon Quest 9 or Ni no Kuni. I burned out on running around in long grass and caves until I got pounced on. Reply -1
  • Nintendo Switch has a 6.2" 720p multi-touch screen

  • Toothball 27/10/2016

    @I_Am_CatButler

    That's what I was thinking. It'd be much easier to add game footage on afterwards without hands in the way of the screen.
    Reply +2
  • Zoe Quinn's next game is a far cry from Depression Quest

  • Toothball 27/10/2016

    It can't be long before we have to update Godwin's Law to allow for mentions of Gamer Gate instead of Adolf Hitler or Nazis. The correlation is nearly identical. Reply +5
  • Nintendo won't announce Switch launch date, price and games line-up until January

  • Toothball 27/10/2016

    @penhalion

    They said it'd be released March 2017, rather than the 17th of March. The 17th would be a Friday though, so it's a potential release date.
    Reply +1
  • Civilization 6 review

  • Toothball 25/10/2016

    Does it have a touch interface this time? It was a neat addition in Civ 5, but it would occasionally refuse to drop a click meaning I had to find a mouse and click with it. Reply 0
  • Xbox Live Games With Gold for November announced

  • Toothball 24/10/2016

    Soul Suspect is probably most fun if you resist trying to collect all the collectibles and just work on solving your murder. The collectibles are hidden all over the place, sometimes behind walls that you can walk through. This means that you end up spending most of the game walking backwards and forwards through areas, rubbing yourself up against every wall you can see in the hope of finding a button to press. The reward is a short piece of audio about someone's death that makes you wonder why you spend so much time looking. Do yourself a favour and stick to the story, as you'll have a moderately entertaining gaming experience instead of a long and dull one. Reply 0
  • GAME charges people to try PlayStation VR in its shops

  • Toothball 24/10/2016

    @snafu65

    Paying a deposit is used in many situations to confirm your intent to buy something. The aim is to avoid people pre-ordering something but then not showing up to collect. In that case a company might be left paying for more of the item than they can sell, or losing a customer who would have bought the item but was told there were none available.

    It makes sense for a company to ask for a deposit, but these days there's rarely a situation where you can't obtain a copy of a game on launch day. Paying a deposit to ensure you can get one from Game is rarely necessary for a customer.
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  • Toothball 24/10/2016

    @OneManAndHisDroid

    I don't think it's a good practice either, I just think that the consumer will be able to recognise that from the prices listed without it needing to be labelled as a controversy.

    You're right about there needing to be more encouragement for people to get into VR though, as I'd also like to see it grow. Sony should have reps out there in places like John Lewis in the same way that they have reps selling their TVs, rather than relying on Game doing something like this. With the early adopters already on board, they're going to need to show people VR in person, as no amount of video or testimonials do the experience justice.
    Reply +7
  • Toothball 24/10/2016

    @OneManAndHisDroid

    I'm not so sure it's doing any harm to Sony. Most people here are levelling complaints entirely at Game, although I expect that there is some arrangement with Sony involved in promoting it.

    You're likely correct that it will dissuade some people from buying a VR headset who may have done so based on a free demo, but then this is impacting on Game's margins rather than the consumer's wallet. No one will be worse off for not buying into VR after all.
    Reply +2
  • Toothball 24/10/2016

    I like how all it takes to label something as controversial these days is a handful of tweets. Game aren't doing any harm in offering this, and people are quite welcome to not take them up on it. It's up to them to make their offers appealing, so time will tell if this works or not.

    I wouldn't pay for a VR demo either, but I don't find myself angry that Game decide to charge for it. I even plan to bring my headset into the office later this week so that anyone interested can see what the fuss is about without having to go to Game.
    Reply +5
  • The pervy £68 microtransaction for a £30 Steam Japanese schoolgirl game

  • Toothball 21/10/2016

    Headline is a bit Daily Mail, I'm sure most people here are capable of drawing their own conclusions about this.

    I think it's funny, and I'm sure there are people out there who would pay for such a thing.
    Reply +6
  • Outside Xbox branches out with new channel Oustide Xtra

  • Toothball 19/10/2016

    @kevinkdobdobson Dan also started a production company, making videos for other companies rather than Youtube. They do a reasonably entertaining podcast if you're into those - http://exalpodcast.libsyn.com/ Reply +2
  • Toothball 19/10/2016

    So this is what Ellen left Xbox On to do. Seems like a great position to land in.

    I always enjoyed the way Outside Xbox was able to talk about other consoles while still being a predominantly Xbox channel. It'll be good to see them open to cover some other platforms outside their various list videos.
    Reply +3
  • Sunless Sea - Zubmariner review

  • Toothball 19/10/2016

    @captain-T-dawg

    I'm not a regular to the roguelike genre but I gather it's a fairly standard pattern; you play, you learn a bit, you die and then you try again. I didn't find myself with much patience to iteratively learn the game, but did enjoy the run aided by some guides.

    For your efforts, you get an interesting tale of a dark and sinister sea. There's a fair amount of sailing to be done with not much to see, but the time spent sailing makes things more interesting when they do happen. I don't expect I'll play a great deal more, but I have enjoyed it.
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  • Toothball 18/10/2016

    My first couple of attempts at Sunless Sea ended miserably, with me being sunk by giant crabs and then being stranded in London with no money. My third run faired better after I looked up some guides, although I'm still having trouble gaining anything near profit from my voyages as most of what I earn goes on fuel and supplies, and venturing any further out leaves me struggling. I managed to produce a scion, so it's a little tempting to abandon that run and start another, more efficient one. But that would lose me quite a lot of progress. Reply +1
  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is coming to iOS and Android this winter

  • Toothball 13/10/2016

    Apollo Justice seems like the game they really started telling an ongoing story about Wright and Co that has continued through the more recent instalments. I find myself playing the newer ones as much to find out what's happening to the characters as to solving mysteries in court. Reply +1
  • Battlefield 1 and Yooka-Laylee awarded Games of Show by EGX attendees

  • Toothball 07/10/2016

    I was lured into the Yooka Laylee kickstarter. I just hope it doesn't take years to materialise like most of the video game kickstarters I've backed.

    Glad to also see Overcooked high up on the list. I've been having tremendous fun with that game.
    Reply +3
  • Actually, I think you'll find the "time paradox" in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered isn't really a paradox

  • Toothball 07/10/2016

    Didn't the same thing happen with Metal Gear Solid 3 if you shoot Revolver Ocelot? Or any time you die? Reply +3
  • Gravity Rush 2 pushed back to 2017

  • Toothball 06/10/2016

    I am keen to play Gravity Rush 2, but I'm also getting into the VR lark next week. Plus, Last Guardian is due out in December too. Spreading the releases out a bit may not be so bad after all. Reply +6
  • The Eurogamer Podcast #14: Does anyone have a script for Aaron Paul?

  • Toothball 04/10/2016

    @jabberwocky

    At the start, Bojack Horseman looks like it's going to be a show of cheap animal jokes. But it turns into a strong story about depression with some very entertaining characters. Well worth a watch.
    Reply +1
  • There's a new sound for rare Xbox achievements

  • Toothball 04/10/2016

    @StaffyDog

    I tend to turn off all notifications for videos, but leave them on for gaming. They can be annoying, but there are reasonable options for turning them off if you want to.
    Reply +1
  • Toothball 04/10/2016

    I think I most enjoyed earning the achievements in Ilomilo. They weren't particularly hard for the most part, but each time you earned one some little characters popped up either side of the system notification and added a little fanfare. It was a neat little trick, but one I haven't seen in other games. Reply +3
  • Bulletstorm remaster dated for 2017, published by Borderlands studio Gearbox

  • Toothball 29/09/2016

    We're seeing so many HD remasters from last generation as games were costing more to develop than ever at the time. I'd expect publishers are wanting to make back some of that cost, especially in cases where the game didn't perhaps sell as well as they'd wanted to. Reply +6
  • Nidhogg 2 announced for next year, with weird new art style

  • Toothball 29/09/2016

    It's a different look, but if it generates half the number of laughs as the first one did it'll be worth it. Reply +4
  • First Forza Horizon nears "end of life" status

  • Toothball 26/09/2016

    This sort of thing is an artefact of licensing external sources for physical print runs of games. A publisher licenses a car, some music, Wayne Rooney's face or whatever for as long as they thing they'll be printing copies of a game. After that time expires they may be able to extend the license for some amount of time if it seems worth it. If not, it expires and they stop making physical copies. New copies then slowly disappear from the shelves. Used copies may still be in circulation, but those are a finite resource and can eventually disappear or increase in price depending on demand.

    Now that games can be sold without the need for physical distribution, perhaps it would be worth publishers taking out longer term licenses so that games on digital stores can remain there for longer. Or perhaps they just look at the numbers and decide that it's not worth it. Sometimes the source doesn't want to renew the license either, leaving the publisher no option to continue selling the licensed game.

    Neither solution is perfect, but it's no reason to oppose all digital game distribution. There are myriad games release every week from developers who do not have the resources to commit to a worldwide release of physical copies. This is just a side effect of the existing licensing arrangements not quite keeping up to date with changes in technology. The lesson for now is that if you want something, make sure to get it while you can.
    Reply +4
  • And that's that for fan game Pokémon Uranium

  • Toothball 22/09/2016

    @mr_jrt

    Yeah, that was sort of what I was getting at, I just couldn't remember the difference between copyright and patents when I wrote that. Point was that there was more to this case than just the Pokemon name.
    Reply +1
  • Toothball 22/09/2016

    @ubergine

    That would avoid the trademark issues, but many cases there are claims to be made based on the contents and mechanisms of a particular game. Individual elements can often be patented, like the arrow above your car in Crazy Taxi, or Namco's now expired patent on having mini games in loading screens.

    If you make something more than a bit similar to someone else's works, they may be within their rights to come after you for it.
    Reply +3
  • Firewatch Xbox One suffers last minute delay in Europe

  • Toothball 22/09/2016

    @fabio78

    Good to know, it's a lovely wilderness to wander. I may even remember to use the camera this time.
    Reply +3
  • The Eurogamer Podcast #13: Ironman Bratt

  • Toothball 20/09/2016

    Great, I've been hit with something of a podcast drought in my subscription list lately. This should fill some of the afternoon nicely. Reply 0
  • Sony's Shuhei Yoshida on No Man's Sky

  • Toothball 16/09/2016

    @casshern09

    "Intended purpose" in this case is a video game that can be played though. There's a argument for those who experienced bugs that render the game completely unplayable, but after that it's very subjective.

    The game at launch was by and large functional. At that point it's up to the consumer to know that what they're paying for is something that they actually want. Many took up the offer of some digital trinkets in exchange for handing over their money before knowing what they were buying. There are lessons to be learned on both sides of that transaction.
    Reply +16
  • Apple accidentally announces iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus via own website

  • Toothball 07/09/2016

    I wonder if they'll start including a set of bluetooth ear buds in the box to drive the whole wireless music thing. I can see phone providers coming up with a series of deals that include some bluetooth Beats headphones as an incentive to sign up for a big contract. Whatever you think of Apple, when they do something new the whole market tends to follow.

    I also recommend a pair of Senheiser Momentum On-ear Wireless headphones if anyone is looking to indulge. They sound fantastic, look great, last about a week on a charge and come with active noise cancelling.
    Reply 0
  • Toothball 07/09/2016

    @Timbercottage

    Bluetooth audio may have come along a bit since you last tried it, since the aptx codecs came along. I've used my bluetooth headphones with phones, PCs and my Vita without any audio delay, and the sound is just as good as through a wire. If you prefer wires that's fine, this is just an update.
    Reply +2
  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force flops

  • Toothball 05/09/2016

    I'm planning to pick it up still, just trying to persuade a group at work to get involved. We had some good lunchtime sessions with Tri Force Heroes, although our problem with that was that we had four players wanting to play a three player game. Reply +1
  • Sega explains why Shenmue remakes haven't happened yet

  • Toothball 02/09/2016

    Seems strange how many people complained about the influx of HD remakes of recent and not so recent games when it started, but now it's almost expected. I suppose it's the only way to align reality with nostalgia in most cases.

    I've been playing Shenmue again recently, and it's surprising how good it still looks on a console that's over fifteen years old. Control hasn't aged so well, and the voice acting was never a strong point, but it's still as good as I remember. Reliving the very first QTE was an entertaining experience too.
    Reply +5
  • PlayStation Move is back, and now in a PSVR double pack

  • Toothball 01/09/2016

    @mushi_mush

    Those will already work on your PS4. They work well with Octodad incidentally.
    Reply +3
  • Toothball 01/09/2016

    I cleared out a nearby Game's supply of Move controllers when they were selling them for £6. The staff got a bit of a surprise when I asked for six of them to play Johann Sebastian Joust. Glad I did, as they're back up to £15-20 these days. Reply +1
  • 3DS StreetPass now accepts more than 10 Miis at once

  • Toothball 01/09/2016

    It looks like you can queue 100 Miis, then play through them in bursts of ten in the old games. I've downloaded the update, but have yet to get any tags to try out the new games. Going to be rubbing my 3DS against strangers on the way home tonight! Reply +3
  • Nintendo has a stellar new Galaxy 3DS design

  • Toothball 30/08/2016

    Looks nice, wouldn't mind a faceplate like that on the regular New 3DS. They've not produced any new plates in a while though, so they may be on the decline. Reply +1
  • Dear Esther walks to PS4, Xbox One next month

  • Toothball 25/08/2016

    @Thief000

    Wow, achievement hunters are going to love this game.
    Reply +6
  • Metroid Prime Federation Force review

  • Toothball 19/08/2016

    I plan to look this up in the near future, there are a few people with 3DSes where I work who are often up for some lunchtime gaming. When TriForce Heroes came out earlier this year we had four people who wanted to play, so one person had to be left out. This game should make up for that. Reply +3
  • Sunless Sea's first expansion to release in October

  • Toothball 16/08/2016

    I tried playing Sunless Sea last weekend. My first attempt saw me killed by some pirate ship while trying to figure out the attack controls after accidentally dismissing the tutorial. My second go was mostly harried by sentient icebergs, and while I managed to get somewhere and back, I was left out of fuel, supplies and money. Motivation to go for a third trip is fairly low.

    Maybe it'd be worth checking out Fallen London itself for some of the story without having to deal with all that Roguelike grief.
    Reply +2
  • Jelly Deals roundup: cheap Doom, Rock Band, 1TB Xbox One

  • Toothball 18/07/2016

    "Jelly Deals" - I only just got the joke this morning. Reply +1