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  • The Evil Within PC update lets you get rid of the letterbox black bars

  • Zaiz 30/10/2014

    Bethesda appreciates PC gamers a lot more than most other studios. At least they bothered to patch this game within a month, generally a japanese dev will release a PC patch after six months! Reply 0
  • The Legend of Korra review

  • Zaiz 27/10/2014

    Heh, sounds like this review just described a Call of Duty campaign(post MW4).

    "repetitive mixed with good mechanics"

    ...although calling some of the CoD's mechanics "good" is pressing matters.
    Reply -1
  • Big Huge Games returns with DomiNations

  • Zaiz 27/10/2014

    @omicron1
    Other than dozens of actually good F2P titles on PC like World of Tanks, League of Legends, DOTA 2 and Warframe? Don't confuse F2P with mobile free to play games. Leagues apart.
    Reply +1
  • The problem with video game guns

  • Zaiz 25/10/2014

    Perfect Dark on the N64 had a colossal selection of absolutely fantastic weapons.

    Come at me, bros, you know it is true. Need a gun that empties a magazine in a second? Got it. Need a gun that tracks people on its own? Got it. Need a minigun that is better at close range because its spooling up mechanism doubles as a blender? Got it. Need a gun for shooting through walls and being a pest? A burst pistol? A submachinegun that becomes a turret and hides itself as a laptop?

    And to polish it all off, how about a hyperactive bouncing concussion grenade? Seriously, Perfect Dark just had what you needed, minus a flack cannon.
    Reply +10
  • Dungeon Keeper, War for the Overworld and a helpful developer from EA

  • Zaiz 24/10/2014

    Non-competes sometimes make sense, but they are anti-employee and for that reason should be completely illegal. You keep someone out of a fast moving industry for 2-3 years and they can't reenter it without serious suffering because the technology has advanced quickly without them.

    Or you work at Jimmy John's(a sandwich company) and sign a 2 year noncompete because that makes sense to...no one.
    Reply 0
  • Guild Wars 2 gem store kerfuffle irritates community

  • Zaiz 23/10/2014

    Heh, what? Custom gem buying was too difficult? That's pretty clearly Anet trying to fix the prices by making it easier to turn gems into gold and not the other way around. Reply +5
  • Strike Suit Zero dev reveals space combat game Fractured Space

  • Zaiz 23/10/2014

    @RawShark
    Stanton did kinda harp on bugs that didn't exist in the retail version, making it outdated the moment it got to players.
    Reply 0
  • We cannot let this become gaming culture

  • Zaiz 17/10/2014

    Good news, if anyone noticed: EG has had significantly less assholes on it since they started talking about gamer's gate and feminist issues. This is pretty great.

    Oh and Gamer's Gate has proven extremely effective at making people realize misogyny is a huge problem and that it does actually exist. Please keep digging your own holes while rumbling about whatever you've picked as your "front".
    Reply +5
  • Video: Far Cry 4 has asymmetrical multiplayer

  • Zaiz 17/10/2014

    @pomi
    Sounds like a bit of an ahistoric mode. The early M4 with 75mm gun could punch through the front of a Tiger at close range(the game's combat distance) and the late M4 with 76mm gun could punch through the Tiger at quite absurd distances and put holes through a Panther with 76mm HVAP.

    The Sherman was actually a better tank than Panther or Tiger at close range(and on the offensive) because it was more mobile, the gun was shorter and the turret turned quicker.
    Reply +2
  • Video: How not to co-op in Far Cry 4

  • Zaiz 16/10/2014

    At one point our "mysterious" co-op partner almost blatantly spreads fire to Aoife. There are quite a few reasons to pick your co-op partner well by the look of it. Reply +1
  • Google announces $99 Nexus Player Android console

  • Zaiz 16/10/2014

    So wait, this hooks up to your TV and for 100 dollars you get the opportunity to play tablet games? On your TV? Tablet games?

    I think people have severely over-estimated why people play tablet games. Here's a hint: They do it because they don't have access to consoles or PCs on the move!
    Reply +4
  • E3 organiser and trade group ESA speaks out against GamerGate

  • Zaiz 16/10/2014

    @Nikanoru

    Yeah, but the problem is what you've presented are still representations of powerful men, whom in their original culture are considered ideal.

    The japanese standard of beauty is different than the western. In the japanese context, those are idealized male figures.
    Reply -2
  • Zaiz 16/10/2014

    @Nikanoru
    You posted a bunch of male main characters who the narrative centers around and gives agency(their actions drive the plot and others around them) to, who are generally represented as strong and powerful in their own right.

    Now as for why I called it bigoted, they basically hung a sign on this guy saying "I am gay" by putting him in the most ridiculous outfit imaginable that is incredibly sexualized. And he's the villain. Coded(overtly hinted at without being outright said) gays in Japanese media are frequently portrayed like that.
    Reply -4
  • Zaiz 16/10/2014

    @Nikanoru

    Oh no, main characters who have agency in their storylines and are generally presented as muscular and powerful! It is so hard dealing with that imagery, why can't we have men represented as dimwits without agency who need constant coddling from their superiors!?

    I don't actually know what the top image is from, but just from looks it appears to be a rather bigoted representation of a coded gay man.
    Reply -5
  • Why Ajay Ghale isn't the real star of Far Cry 4

  • Zaiz 14/10/2014

    @DHIATENSOR

    I'd actually argue that point because they really did portray Brody as a hero to the people and in the end characterized Citra as a villain.

    Also, Brody's transition between wanker and death god was about one headshot into the game. There wasn't a gameplay transition where Brody gets better with guns and combat, he just kinda goes full blown CoD.

    The writer says one thing, the text says another. Generally, I believe the text before I'll believe the writer. It was an alleged send up of white man comes and saves everyone while still playing precisely to that power fantasy. You can't really say your work is a critique of a white empowerment fantasy when it is a white empowerment fantasy.
    Reply +6
  • Video: What's different in the censored version of The Evil Within?

  • Zaiz 14/10/2014

    Listening to people whine, I thought the game's black bars were about five times larger. That's pretty ignorable, guys. Reply 0
  • Face-Off: Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition

  • Zaiz 13/10/2014

    So uh why does the PC update look worse? They changed a lot of stuff and the opening pan-in doesn't look nearly as good. Additional light sources are great, provided you don't wash out the scenes and making them harder to pick out. Reply +4
  • Let's have more games that show rather than tell

  • Zaiz 11/10/2014

    Far Cry 3 had clashing systems? It was just a ubisoft lawnmower open world game. I guess wild animals sometimes caused a ruckus. I mean, Far Cry 2 was way less predictable. Particularly when your car broke on the hardest mode and you'd escaped a gunfight. The game was nice enough to deliver a car, except it'd be full of angry mercenaries and armed. With a .50 cal. That killed in two bullets at that difficulty.

    Yea, "give gamer transportation when they are lost in the wilderness" vs "kill gamer at all costs". The greatest clashing system of the last generation.

    I am of course forgetting the other common ending, where your player character is suddenly and violently carried into a tree and then you realized you had been hearing engine sounds. Or the unceremonious thunk of the grenade launcher.
    Reply -1
  • Lindsay Lohan steps up Rockstar legal battle over GTA5 character

  • Zaiz 10/10/2014

    @Cheeseasaurus
    Parody is, but libel/slander are not.

    The kicker is of course that proving libel in the US is very hard because you have to prove the libel caused harm to be done and a few other qualifiers. Basically, Lohan isn't getting a dime for this.
    Reply +1
  • Solo Dragon Age: Inquisition has ~200 hours of content

  • Zaiz 10/10/2014

    @Bertie
    Skyrim's padding is less bad because there are fantastic dungeons everywhere. Hopefully DAI follows the same path of providing tons of solid dungeon crawls.
    Reply 0
  • Ubisoft hits back at Assassin's Creed: Unity downgrade claims

  • Zaiz 10/10/2014

    The artistic vision appears to be "Absolute fucktons of NPCs on screen at once", so 30 FPS is to be expected if you want pretty and tons of NPCs. The CPU might very well be the limiting factor here if the NPCs are more than window dressing. Knowing Ubi's love for superfluous systems, I bet they are. Reply +6
  • Total War: Rome 2 re-review

  • Zaiz 10/10/2014

    @Skirlasvoud

    Howitzers are the key. Explosive shells and carcass/quicklime shot do numbers on advancing infantry. Later tech allows you to get canister shot in your standard cannons which vastly improves their crowd killing efficiency.
    Reply +2
  • Zaiz 09/10/2014

    I feel like I might be the only person alive who really, really enjoyed Empire. Even though if you played a serious Indian game you ended up realizing you don't get fire by platoon or skirmishers. Which means when you inevitably meet top tier european forces you have no hope beyond lancers, canny use of melee units if you are a special sort of crazy, and an artillery bombardment to end all artillery bombardments. Reply +6
  • Inside Star Citizen's grey market

  • Zaiz 09/10/2014

    @PenguinJim
    No, they essentially just sold the same ship twice. Someone sells a Vanduul Scythe that they bought for 300 dollars for 2,000 dollars. Theoretically, they go back into Star Citizen and purchase ships with the 2,000 dollars they made. Star Citizen has now made 2,300 dollars.
    Reply -1
  • Assassin's Creed: Unity takes a daring leap back to the series' origins

  • Zaiz 06/10/2014

    The stealth seems to be a big improvement if their "multiple routes" thing is true. That's a very important change for the series. Reply +1
  • Sakaguchi's Terra Battle out this week

  • Zaiz 06/10/2014

    The mechanics might be good but I just don't like the concept of energy. I was sick of it in oldschool browser games and I'm still sick of it now. Why would you want to have your game tell your player it is time to stop playing? Reply +1
  • Firaxis opens its doors at the first Firaxicon

  • Zaiz 05/10/2014

    Huh, that shelf has a pile of games I used to play. Eradicator? That came with our computer and I played it all the time because all we had was that and Magic Carpet 2.

    Tbh, because of their origin I thought both were some form of cheap or free game.
    Reply 0
  • Face-Off: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

  • Zaiz 04/10/2014

    @George-Roper
    I'm going to guess that the textures are poorly compressed because they don't need to be compressed on console versions given the huge pool of RAM available.

    Considering what you can get a well-modded Skyrim to produce(1k-4k textures as far as they eye can see) the modern requirements are out of whack.
    Reply +5
  • Eyes-on with PC Shadow of Mordor's 6GB ultra-HD textures

  • Zaiz 01/10/2014

    So basically you can lock this game to 30 frames per second(and this isn't a twitch shooter, sim or anything like that) and get all the benefits of the ultra texture pack even on an older card. I actually don't see the disadvantage to locking to 30 FPS on a game like this particularly if you can't hit a solid 60 fps. Reply +5
  • Assassin's Creed: Rogue Achievements point to modern day section

  • Zaiz 30/09/2014

    Abstergo Entertainment is a particularly vile example of the Unnecessary Future Segment in AC, because you have to wander around pointing a tablet at things like a useless hipster. "Look how futuristic this game is! Everyone goes around WITH A TABLET" and all the obnoxious characters and all the shit I do not care about etc etc.

    In every game the far better written and far more interesting story involves the assassins themselves, and the game doesn't really make effort at engaging you with your future avatar. That basically means they have segments where the game takes you from characters you like and puts you with characters you don't care about. A stupid decision.
    Reply +1
  • Shadow of Mordor 20 Season Pass gets you Sauron fight DLC

  • Zaiz 29/09/2014

    Season passes literally ruin everything. "Hey, guys, want to know what awesome content you aren't getting on release?!" Reply +3
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Ryse on PC

  • Zaiz 28/09/2014

    So let me get this straight. Ryse uses 3 gigabytes of VRAM to produce a game that looks that good.

    And a pile of other games that don't look nearly as good use many more gigabytes of VRAM to produce something that doesn't look nearly like that. I suspect the nasty rumors about devs abusing the shit out of the big RAM pools in the new consoles is true, and worse, they aren't fixing that problem when the games come to PC.
    Reply 0
  • Watch Assassin's Creed recreated with cats

  • Zaiz 27/09/2014

    Mr. Matulef sure does love cats. Reply +5
  • Yes, Triad Wars is free to play, but is it pay to win?

  • Zaiz 24/09/2014

    Oh god I recognize so much shit there. I guess they've expanded the game world substantially by letting you go into buildings, but that map. That's the outskirts of North Point.

    What, precisely, were they doing all this time?
    Reply 0
  • Here's a (very) quick look at Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies

  • Zaiz 23/09/2014

    Trailer tastefully avoids revealing that most of the zombies are giant bullet sponges. Reply 0
  • 10 years later, Runescape's Lost City of the Elves finally opens its doors

  • Zaiz 23/09/2014

    THE TRAHEARN!?

    I thought I got away from that monotone asshole who has an unplaceable accent(Clahrr Island) in GW2!
    Reply 0
  • Xbox One gets revised China release date after last minute delay

  • Zaiz 23/09/2014

    @DrStrangelove

    I had a chinese guy once summarize it to me like this:

    You put an asian man and a white man in the same room and get them to fight, it'll be equal.

    You put two asian men and a white man in the same room, and get them to fight, the white man will always win.

    Asia is...a very competitive place. They'd rather fight each other than the rest of the world
    Reply +5
  • Assassin's Creed Unity's Season Pass includes standalone 2.5D adventure in China

  • Zaiz 22/09/2014

    "Look, we do have female assassins! We give them the all-important side games!" Reply +2
  • New Oculus Rift prototype Crescent Bay unveiled

  • Zaiz 22/09/2014

    "The other noticeable addition is (apparently optional) built-in headphones that provide 3D audio."

    Going to toss you guys a hint: I have better headphones than those, which look ridiculously cheap. Most people have significantly better speakers in their PC, given it looks like you guys smuggled those off airliners.
    Reply +1
  • EGX developer sessions line-up announced

  • Zaiz 18/09/2014

    " EGX developer sessions line-up announced

    The Witcher 3, Dragon Age, The Division live on stage and on Twitch. "

    Look deeper and you'll see something...else.

    "4pm - The Next Total War
    Creative Assembly reveals the next title in the award-winning Total War strategy series."

    Probably the biggest news in the whole damn thing(sort of, its probably the Warhammer Total War) aaaand doesn't even make the subtitle.
    Reply -1
  • What next for Minecraft on PlayStation?

  • Zaiz 18/09/2014

    I missed Pachter's analysis. Only in videogames journalism can you be wrong, obvious, or reading press reports verbatim and still have a job as an "analyst" Reply +4
  • Final Fantasy 15 demo confirmed, Nomura leaves director's chair

  • Zaiz 18/09/2014

    Shame that FF13's awfulness probably killed female leads in Final Fantasy. Reply +6
  • Gearbox's Battleborn throws the FPS and MOBA genres together

  • Zaiz 17/09/2014

    I am legitimately surprised. This looks interesting.

    But.

    Gearbox.

    You have Homeworld. Shove HD Homeworld 1+2 in our meaty, sweaty paws and charge us for it already. Or you can drop the HD part, Homeworld 2 still looks impressive.
    Reply +10
  • Shovel Knight sales surpass dev's lifetime estimate in one month

  • Zaiz 07/08/2014

    So, 15 USD with 40% stripped off the top from Steam, so about 9 dollars per unit. And then they sold 67k copies on steam. So about 600,000 dollars from Steam alone? Hm, I guess they have enough to go on for about a year and a half until their next game from just the first month?

    Indie games development really isn't super profitable if you aren't careful. They aren't flourishing as much as they are going to have to build a new game very very quickly if they want to have a growing nest egg between games.
    Reply +5
  • Video: Expendabros live stream

  • Zaiz 06/08/2014

    Buy Broforce. It is worth the price. Reply +2
  • GameStop is drastically simplifying its trade-in values

  • Zaiz 06/08/2014

    @samharper
    Well, it was from EG's US-based overnight worker.

    Although, Jeffrey they have Gamestops where you live? I have to drive forty minutes to get to one, and they don't sell PC games anyways.
    Reply 0
  • Desert Fox: The Battle of El Alamein review

  • Zaiz 05/08/2014

    @foxdie_01

    Broskie, the Italians were put out of the war in North Africa. This meant that Italy was no longer Axis but had to be defended heavily, leading to heavy German losses in Italy when the Allies invaded the peninsula.

    It was an exceedingly costly loss for the Axis powers - particularly when you consider they lost a lot of territory that could have supplied them with war-winning munitions.

    Losing Africa was not at all "under certain definitions of lose". It was an utter strategic failure.

    edit: Mind you, I've overstepped with "war-winning munitions". The Axis could have never, ever won the war. You need to do serious alt history nonsense to come up with a way for the Axis to overcome the massive manpower, material and technology(yes, technology) advantages of the Allied forces.
    Reply +3
  • Deep Silver parent company buys Homefront from Crytek

  • Zaiz 30/07/2014

    @lucassmith
    Because Deep Silver is owned by a big group who's taking risks on studios moving from AA houses to AAA houses and making popular games.

    Basically the same as the Zenimax behind Bethesda.
    Reply +5
  • Submissions open for indie Unreal Engine projects at EGX London 2014

  • Zaiz 30/07/2014

    A gore fighting game...? hm, I guess a horror game with a poltergeist set in a slaughterhouse. Reply +1
  • Devolver Digital and indie devs help finance failing GaymerX convention

  • Zaiz 29/07/2014

    @ItsLatch

    I think the argument is pretty much that 99% of the time things are oriented at heterosexuals so having an event catered to non-heterosexuals is just fine. It isn't so much that gays are actively excluded but they also aren't actively included.

    Anyways, I just say this because I live near the US's biggest gay vacation spot, I might have more gay friends than straight ones because of that and I can understand the underlying need for "gay places" as much as I understand the need for gunshows and wine fan whatevers events.
    Reply +3