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  • Performance Analysis: Grand Theft Auto 5

  • Widge 18/11/2014

    Most impressionsive. Reply +5
  • Face-Off: Assassin's Creed Unity

  • Widge 17/11/2014

    I have only briefly scanned this comment thread but it is heartening to see no console warring and just about everyone coming together to say "you released this without polish". Reply +4
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with GeForce Grid

  • Widge 14/11/2014

    @Gareth1979 How does Cloudlift work out for you? It would be nice to play stuff on my work laptop at lunch over ethernet. Reply 0
  • PlanetSide 2 PS4 beta planned for 2014

  • Widge 14/11/2014

    I so wish that the UI and control work on this moves across to PC. Reply +1
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare review

  • Widge 10/11/2014

    @iainmarchant1 "For fans wanting to know if Advanced Warfare is an improvement on the rather flaccid Ghosts, the answer is yes - though not by as much as you might hope." Reply +2
  • Mass Effect 4 concept art teases new planets, species

  • Widge 09/11/2014

    I quite liked the anti-RPG thing of being a war hero already, not the farm boy ascension to status thing. Reply +1
  • BioWare boss polls fans on potential Mass Effect Trilogy re-make

  • Widge 07/11/2014

    @drip Not sure about the variety in ME1. I only ever used the pistol with marksman. That at Master tended to be the "win all situations" thing for me. Motored through the game.

    ME3 definitely was the best but needed that ME2 foundation to work from. ME2's was similarly breakable by being able to nail most enemies with the sniper rifle with ease. Send your team ahead and just sit back and use the uber win gun.
    Reply +1
  • Widge 07/11/2014

    All 3 on Steam.
    Controller support.
    Textures on par with the mods at least.

    Done. That's all I want. Hell, release the PC ones as is but with controller support and I'm there.
    Reply +4
  • Sega role-player Valkyria Chronicles announced for PC

  • Widge 28/10/2014

    \o/

    Possibly the only game of last gen that captured the jRPG essence of old. Not in mechanics, but in feel.
    Reply +12
  • What's new in PlayStation 4's firmware update 2.0?

  • Widge 27/10/2014

    @vert1go Well, the PSN stuff goes into Salesforce marketing cloud where you can be hit up with advertising based on all sorts of marketing criteria!

    Rather impressive I thought.
    Reply +2
  • Sunset Overdrive review

  • Widge 27/10/2014

    800,000 / 1,000,000 Reply +9
  • Spec Analysis: Alienware Alpha

  • Widge 22/10/2014

    @PixelEdged you say that but I might recommend it to my Dad. My bro was going to buy him a PS4 to play Skyrim on (needless to say I jumped in front shouting NOOOOO).

    I thought, if he wants a front room box, just get another PC.
    Reply 0
  • Doctor Who game aims to teach kids to code

  • Widge 20/10/2014

    @Plankton1975 Robin. Hood. Reply 0
  • We cannot let this become gaming culture

  • Widge 17/10/2014

    @johnboyadvance it won't die, not at all. Not while the likes of farttocontinue, theivyclover, sargon, king of pol, mundane matt, Milo ... all those figures are enjoying adoration and significance. It is in their interest to keep the spin going. Reply -1
  • Widge 17/10/2014

    GamerGate has no win condition. “Ethics in journalism” is not a win condition. They have no idea how to get to what they want. All they want to do is shut down the entities they have targeted as undesirables.

    Jim Sterling reviewed the ethics policy of The Escapist. Because he will not stand for the entire “you can only talk about certain topics in gaming thing” which GamerGate is trying to push in (unless you mention it directly, then it becomes solely about “ethics” and nothing about that whatsoever honest), he is now branded as the enemy.

    HE DID THE THING THE MOVEMENT SAYS IT STANDS FOR.
    Reply +5
  • Widge 17/10/2014

    @hugojackson influence Sarkeesian has had so far:

    Naughty Dog cite her as a major influence in how they designed and fleshed out their female characters in The Last Of Us.

    That is the multiple GOTY The Last Of Us, just in case you needed clarification.

    *ruined*
    Reply +6
  • Widge 17/10/2014

    @frazzl enough to sleep her way to a metacritic of fuck all.

    *trombone*
    Reply +5
  • Widge 17/10/2014

    Check out PixieJenni for a true neutral stance:

    https://twitter.com/PixieJenni

    Because she is not willing to just run with the GG rhetoric, she gets slated as anti-GG (rule of GG: agree with everything or you are the enemy), but has been equally critical of the negative side of those swelling up in response to GG too.
    Reply -4
  • Widge 17/10/2014

    @-cerberus- Internet Aristocrat and Mundane Matt? SERIOUSLY?

    That's like saying "get in the NRA to talk about the necessity of gun control for a balanced opinion".
    Reply +1
  • Widge 17/10/2014

    Hey EG, I get the sentiment but I think you’re ever so slightly too focused here. Right now, GamerGate does not specifically target women. Right now, GamerGate specifically targets anything that “they don’t like”. Whether it is an media outlet whose pieces they disagree with, anyone who has written a review they don’t like, any entity that makes a game that is a bit “lefty”. These can be females, these can be males, they can be organisations.

    Essentially, they are wishing to stamp their authority or vision of “what gaming is” and shut down anything that they do not like. Every article that goes up, lazily criticising the movement for being anti-feminist is rather easy to shoot down as a result. I fully expect to hit the tag stream later to see #notyourshield firing up in response, decrying this piece with a “you do not speak for me!”

    The sooner the mainstream media wises up to this being a movement that is actually the very opposite of the values it trumpets loudly (it is not inclusive, it is not tolerant of a spectrum of viewpoints... otherwise why on earth would they be fighting websites and insisting on a manifesto of “gameplay only” discussion in media).

    And GamerGate, you are judged as a whole. The tag moves to act as one and disperses into individuals when criticised. This is not a get out of jail card. Either shift into a new movement to address the topic of ethics or watch as mainstream media happily disregards everything you may have a valid concern for.
    Reply +2
  • Civilian massacring game Hatred courts controversy, gets it

  • Widge 17/10/2014

    Just to point out, if GamerGate get their way, this game would only be allowed to be critiqued on its controls, technical polish, structure and gameplay. Any sort of wandering into the realm of commentary as to what the game portrays is off limits. Or, as some say, allowable in separate editorials which must not be front page feature pieces. Reply +1
  • Destiny launch almost triples monthly US PlayStation 4 sales

  • Widge 17/10/2014

    X1 will have its month when the Master Chef Collection comes out. Regardless of anything, a package like that will shift. Reply +7
  • E3 organiser and trade group ESA speaks out against GamerGate

  • Widge 16/10/2014

    @Kendrene fair enough, I'll stand down then. I've been more than vocal on this over on Gaf anyway.

    I was always a poster before I was a mod, I've carried on in the same vein.
    Reply +1
  • Widge 16/10/2014

    @ItsLatch Dunno. I just came in here to post a massive wall of text.

    Because it is deleted, I cannot see it.
    Reply -1
  • Widge 16/10/2014

    @ItsLatch thank you for the neg, and I'll point out that boogie DOES NOT support the movement. He clearly positions himself as a neutral and gets a SHIT LOAD of flack for it as a result. I have had a good few discussions with him on the topic and he:

    1) does not like the idea of gamers being demonised (fair enough)
    2) is firmly in the camp where he is calling for people to stop the warring
    3) is aware that the movement has a significant toxic agenda that is happy to coat-tail any positive angle through the door

    And you are quite right. It is not about minorities and women. It is about shitty people on the internet being shitty. Foot stamping, wahing, demanding to be catered to in every single way so they can be the centre of the universe like they are in every game they play. Someone on the internet has said things THEY DO NOT LIKE and they want them SHUT DOWN.
    Reply +5
  • Widge 16/10/2014

    @sanctusmortis he has to, especially after the heavy involvement from Milo. Who has also since distanced himself from his stereotype attack on gamers previously. And nobody cares because he is BOOSTING THE SIGNAL. Reply +2
  • Widge 16/10/2014

    For those who don’t really know why this became such a THING. Lots of hearsay and since debunked stuff came out about review scores and Zoe Quinn. A proportion of “idiot internet people” came out to stamp their feet and demand that the media outlets cover with their MSpaint facts, while some took it upon themselves to press the apparently evil people under the banner of justice and anti-corruption. [Now, for a bit of a background as to what this is like as a recipient, you can dial forward in time to when there was a sniff that Zoe may not have been donating to charity sales proceeds as stated on her website. As part of the DRIVE FOR ETHICS, some elements of GamerGate go around looking for smoking guns – unfiled police reports, no donations etc – so after some got some DAMNING PROOF in email from iFred, the fires were lit. What happened here was a flooding of the tag stream about Zoe “it isn’t about her” Quinn’s non-donations and person after person hitting iFred for more proof. iFred, a tiny charity, found themselves flooded on several fronts, social media, inbox, by people asking REASONABLE QUESTIONS. A skeleton crew found themselves swamped and unable to process their admin, and found themselves under even more scrutiny when they came forward to corroborate Quinn’s story – who had also posted images of payments to charity. This was not harassment, this was just asking reasonable questions. Or, as it has now become known, sea lioning. GamerGate don’t harass, they ensure they are reasonable, and have no negative motives and agendas whatsoever. Apply this to anyone who ever becomes a “target”. Oh and the fallout from this, nothing, no apologies, GamerGate moved on, justice served.]

    When the press quite rightly declined to comment on the Zoe story, some decided to have a chat about the entire topic in a private channel. Some wanted to make a stand, some didn’t agree with getting involved whatsoever. Heads clashed. This was collusion and corruption. Apparently. Leigh Alexander then posted the catalyst of it all. THE GAMERS ARE DEAD article. Now, for anyone who has read it, it talked of a need for gaming to shed an identity of being entitled, foot stamping children who like to bicker and moan. Of course it goes without saying (and the article actually said regardless) that NOT EVERYONE (and I’ll also come to a not all GG later) is like this, a grand majority of us are decent game playing people just enjoying a past-time. With this piece, a variety of outlets used it as the basis of their own news pieces, adding a spin (you’ve seen how EG does it with news, picking up from elsewhere and then putting their angle on it – hell, I’VE done it when I noted a bunch of “death of deep house” pieces a year ago and I put my own take on it – I suppose you’d call it a trend. Or MASSIVE COLLUSION CONSPIRACY.) Unfortunately, these pieces were read as “THEY WANT TO KILL ALL GAMERS THE EVIL SJW WEBSITES”. Yep. These websites with writers who absolutely love games and gaming want to kill games. Except that wasn’t the context.

    Of course it has spun out into all sorts of mental now. For all those wanting an earnest ethics review (which actually got Jim Sterling to re-write the Escapists code of ethics – a move lauded by GG... until recently when Jim stepped up to denounce GG dogpiling and the ridiculous drive to dictate what media outlets are allowed to talk about “YOU MUST ONLY WRITE LIKE THIS”... so now he is an ENEMY OF GG), there are those spinning conspiracy stories, co-ordinated attacks on media outlets, huge amounts of efforts circulating propaganda memes, manifestos and current rhetorics (let people know we are against harassment, let them know this is about ethics and not about X, we are winning!), dogpiling onto anyone who is anti-GG (read: anyone who disagrees with any element of GG is anti-GG... so you can like their ethics front, dislike their crazy feminist angle and that puts you anti-GG). What a movement. And it is completely unadressable. Every action undertaken under the GG banner is as a unified consumer revolt. Any criticism, then suddenly GG is a bunch of individuals and you can’t control some people and that isn’t what GG is about, GG is about this other thing.

    I particularly love the way that Gone Home and Depression Quest has been penned as some figure of non-game hate. Games like this are not allowed. Where is the gameplays. There is too much politics and commentary. I saw some poor fucker GG supporter, a female game dev, who was earnestly rallying behind the ethics and notyourshield thing – scroll down her timeline and I noted she was making a graphical novel. WATCH OUT YOU, GG HAS DECREED YOUR TITLE NOT A GAME AND YOU ARE SIN.

    Fucking ridiculous movement. Fucking ridiculous. When you see the mainstream people who decide to denounce it counts pretty much every leading media outlet and “celebrity” figures, leaving those to flock to its banner being no mark websites and agenda laden miscreants, THERE MIGHT BE A SLIGHT PROBLEM IN THE CONVEYING OF THE MESSAGE. It’s never split, IT DILUTES THE SIGNAL... WE’VE COME TOO FAR TO GIVE UP NOW.
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  • Widge 16/10/2014

    Ah, of course, this has been flagged to the Twitter stream by the usual suspects. Wonder why the FACTS crew arrived. Reply +5
  • Widge 16/10/2014

    I love how any vaguely negative piece on gamergate attracts a whole host of WHERE IS YOUR RESEARCH AND FACTS comments, accompanied by a host of pure positives only GG propaganda videos.

    Until Gamergate can stand up and say that, in the name of the movement, IT HAS DONE THINGS WRONG and its push to restrict what can be talked about in gaming is in fact a bad thing, it can never be taken seriously.

    Instead, it will continue rolling on with its boycott of the day against sites who have said things they disagree with, celebrating Twitter propagandists such as fart to continue, rogue star games, ivy clover and a whole host of "it's just ethics honest and nothing to do with feminism I hate SJWs" apologists.

    You should have seen it when @pixiejenni DARED to go on a stream with a pair of prominent figures and press them to think about more than the single minded viewpoint that exists right now. Hit with a ridiculous amount of Twitter traffic over a 72 hour period as people attempted to shout her down for making gamergate look bad. Now the prominent tag merchants just shout DONT TOUCH THE POOP. Yep. Gamergate questioned? IGNORE IT.

    Why does gamergate get such a bad image in mainstream press? BECAUSE IT HAS A BAD IMAGE. Of course this is dismissed with "they are all corrupt".
    Reply +9
  • Anita Sarkeesian cancels university speech following school shooting threat

  • Widge 15/10/2014

    Gamergate has no leader, yet you have entities who are clearly prevalent in the tag stream, LORDING IT with their current status, pushing ATTACK after ATTACK out. Anyone says anything remotely bad about gamergate? Concern troll! Shill! Discredit! Where is your research? We are just asking questions! That is the other gamergate!

    Some no mark site does a "GamerGate is holy piece"? Finally some unbiased coverage!

    It's a fucking joke that serves no useful purpose other than to shut down sites, authors and devs who have once said something they don't like.

    Unless you read the stream where everybody pumps out timely reminders to "let them know this is about corruption and not harassment".

    Because if you say it enough, it becomes true.
    Reply +5
  • Widge 15/10/2014

    I'd believe it more that GG was about unbiased, transparent coverage in journalism if the arguments didn't eventually dial back to "I DON'T LIKE SOME OF THESE WEBSITES AND THEIR SJW AGENDA".

    Apparently youtube is the future.
    Apparently there are other alternatives.

    GO USE THEM.

    Stop pissing up the internet with your foot stamping.

    Gamergate itself is about as free from politics as a latte is free from milk. Stop pretending it has some sort of unanimous "for the good of games and gamers" support. It doesn't.

    Head to Twitter if you want to see some fun time war/attrition rhetoric, organised boycott campaigns. It's absolutely ridiculous. Plus for all the "we just want dialogue" rhetoric, it isn't welcome unless you unanimously agree with every facet of GG. See the reception of Jim Sterling recently for a fine example, who actually reviewed the Escapist's ethics policy in line with GG's "ethics" drive. He, of course, made the mistake of not decrying Leigh Alexander and not jumping at every single piece of TO THE HASHTAG nonsense that flared up.

    Violent videogames making gamers look bad? Lazy gender tropes? Gamers are dead?

    No. The only thing making gamers look like the regressive adolescent footstampers is gamergate themselves. Hit the tag stream, look at how embarrassing our apparently "representative" is on our behalf.
    Reply +12
  • Ubisoft defends Assassin's Creed: Unity graphics lock for parity on PS4, Xbox One

  • Widge 07/10/2014

    How to avoid debate:

    1) Put game out with equal performance levels
    2) Do not put any statement out about ensuring parity to reduce debate
    3) Watch as people don't complain

    It is totally their call to release the game as they see fit, but they have to really wake up with regards to their comments. They seem totally oblivious as to how their design decisions are interpreted when put out there as a statement.

    "We won't include female characters because of time and money"
    "We are running to a base level to stop people comparing performance between machines"

    Just stick the game out!
    Reply +9
  • Assassin's Creed: Unity takes a daring leap back to the series' origins

  • Widge 07/10/2014

    Ubisoft seem to know the exact thing to blab to highlight the phrase PR DISASTER.

    Just don't say anything!
    Reply +5
  • Sakaguchi's Terra Battle out this week

  • Widge 06/10/2014

    It looks so basic :-/ Reply 0
  • As Star Citizen hits $55m, Chris Roberts insists all money goes back into development

  • Widge 01/10/2014

    Sorry to be all CONCERN TROLL on you, but the main thing that I wonder is if the crazy attention to detail and the micro elements will detract from the bigger part of the whole game. It could be a PR thing, but the stuff we get shown is all cosmetic stuff and very little on the substance side of things. The only thing I really remember was the terrible in game demo that was posted on here a few months ago.

    Could very well end up with some fantastic space ship porn, amazing setting and a turd awful actual game sat on top.
    Reply +8
  • Widge 01/10/2014

    @jetsetwillie I imagine something like this car instead.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fmo1Sjn7dg
    Reply 0
  • The Order 1886: Rummaging around in the toy box

  • Widge 29/09/2014

    @man.the.king I was going for the gold trophy unlock for dual fan base ire. Reply +4
  • Widge 29/09/2014

    @misterm84 Cinematic can be done well, it can be done badly. All about getting the balance right. The ND guys have the mechanic down to a T. Reply +11
  • Widge 29/09/2014

    This has a MASSIVE amount of convincing to do if I am to be persuaded that they have got the cinematic/gameplay balance right.

    I LOVE cinematic games, Uncharted, Metal Gear Solid, but I also know when they get it wrong. Heavenly Sword was a classic - some outstanding story, setting and characters, but the actual gameplay part of it was underdeveloped and distinctly inferior to its direct competition and/or predecessors on the previous gen.

    By all reports, Ryse also fits under this banner.
    Reply +28
  • How Left4Dead changed my life for the better

  • Widge 29/09/2014

    @PlugMonkey it also sucks on PC if playing with a pad. I wonder if the game wasn't optimised for pad properly? Reply 0
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Ryse on PC

  • Widge 29/09/2014

    @Bagpuss to be fair, the current climate is seeing the console generation going up against graphics cards that cost as much as the consoles themselves. There is no chance for them to have a level footing if you're going for top tier comparison.

    It's why the budget DF PC was created for the last gen, equivalent budget hardware to compare titles on.
    Reply +1
  • Forza Horizon 2 review

  • Widge 25/09/2014

    @maxb Yeah, looks good. I'm fed up of sterile circuit racers. Reply +4
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 review

  • Widge 24/09/2014

    As someone who games on a front room TV, the potential future proofing with this card is awesome. It will beast everything on offer right now and leave headroom for future standard bearers. Really want it. Reply +23
  • Meet Hajime Tabata, Final Fantasy's latest saviour

  • Widge 23/09/2014

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  • Widge 23/09/2014

    @alimokrane as long as it gives you some sort of overall control with battle strategy, as a battle director. That will be ok. As long as the challenge in battle is there to test your wits. Reply 0
  • Widge 23/09/2014

    @Primatori tbh, turn based battling doesn't really befit the AAA gamespace. I understand your desire though.

    I often post this over and over again but I feel that Square should do a digital series, Mystic Quest, where it is lower budget, unvoiced, 2D rendered world, 3D avatar overworld, lavish 3D battles.

    They can continue forging ahead with the main series as they see fit but also provide for the purist enthusiasts.

    I hear that the Bravely XXXXXX series may very well be that type of game though.
    Reply +2
  • Widge 23/09/2014

    @Alestes they'll probably pop up on either Steam or iOS. I imagine they see more sales over there. Reply 0
  • Widge 23/09/2014

    What happened to the guy who effectively burnt out doing FFXII? Reply +1
  • D4 debut episode review

  • Widge 22/09/2014

    Reviews without scores, there you go people! As requested! Reply +5
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 review

  • Widge 19/09/2014

    @StooMonster interesting, surprising it doesn't fit. You have a card in the thing already? Reply 0