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  • Leading creators back latest Tropes vs Women video

  • abigsmurf 27/08/2014

    @bobomb How is it shorthand? It's a different phrase with a different used in a context where brevity doesn't matter and often isn't used (see warnings about photosentisive epilepsy).

    Gamers aren't more likely to victims of sexual assault any more than the general population. Heck because gamers tend to be richer and live in better areas, the odds are actually probably less than the general population.

    It annoys me because where it could be about everyone helping everyone else, it's about helping a narrow section of the population whilst ignoring others.

    Male suicide is a massive issue that gets ignored and seen as unimportant. Heck, on the subjects of games, look at recent high profile games which present suicide as the brave, noble thing for a man to do.
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  • abigsmurf 27/08/2014


    So why not just warn about sexually violent content? Why use the phrase trigger warning?

    If the intent is to prevent harmful flashbacks, why are other very common forms of PTSD not worthy of this protection?
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  • abigsmurf 27/08/2014

    "Trigger warning"

    Can the phrase please die? It's completely self defeating for one thing: "WARNING, THIS VIDEO MAY BRING BACK MEMORIES OF THE THING I HAVE JUST NOW REMINDED YOU OF!".

    It's cringe-worthy extremely narrowly focused thing. Why not just warn that a video contains violence and/or sexual content? Actually I ask the question but I suspect I touched upon the answer; Because it's a reminder, "remember lots of women have experienced sexual violence".

    On the front page, Eurogamer has a video advert for a game feature gun battles. Where is the trigger warning for that? PTSD is endemic in former soldiers, more British soldiers have killed themselves than have been killed in action. Do soldiers not deserve their trigger warnings? Heck, simple muggings and car accidents are enough to cause PTSD

    In truth I suspect at best, this doesn't occur to the people who use the phrase "trigger warning", at worst, I suspect they simple don't care.
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  • Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition top of UK chart

  • abigsmurf 26/08/2014

    Disgaea 4 Vita, Neptunia Re:birth, Xillia 2, Dangan Rompa 2... Too many games coming out close together. Reply +2
  • Tales of Xillia 2 review

  • abigsmurf 22/08/2014

    Enjoyed Xillia despite the all the field areas being nearly the same and the plot having about 5 too many "Actually I am the real head bad guy!" moments.

    Looking forward to Xillia 2 which apparently was designed to fix the issues fans raised with the first. More Muzet is also a good thing gotta love yandere.

    The big question is however: Do we finally get taught about Bazongas?
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  • Watch Microsoft's Phil Spencer accept the Ice Bucket Challenge

  • abigsmurf 19/08/2014

    @BBIAJ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11294023

    Wasn't terribly hard to find. Includes an explanation of why its so dangerous from a doctor who's a specialist in cold water exposure.

    No doubt this will get downvoted too. Who cares if it's a major health risk when it gives us funny videos right?
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  • abigsmurf 19/08/2014

    Kinda bugs me that this ALS awareness campaign chose a method that's a great way of inducing heart attacks in people with weak hearts. Someone has already died after attempting it. Reply -7
  • Video: Watch us play through P.T.

  • abigsmurf 18/08/2014

    It's weird that a teaser has managed to feature some of the most realistic graphics I've seen. The hallway may be simple but it looks incredibly good.

    It's also pretty impressive that Kojima expected it to take a week before people could figure out how to finish it, only for it to be solved in less than a day. Infinite monkeys with infinite PS4 controllers in action!
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  • RollerCoaster Tycoon World headed to PC in early 2015, first teaser shown

  • abigsmurf 15/08/2014

    Make the stages harder than in 3, remove the VIP guests, make it so that you can't abuse really short rollercoasters for easy money, include all the modern coaster types and I'm sold. Reply +2
  • Sony's Gamescom 2014 briefing

  • abigsmurf 12/08/2014

    Clearly this is the conference Sony have been keeping all their Vita announcements for and will announce at least half a dozen new AAA Vita titles

    *hugs his vita crying*
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  • Sierra is back - and so are Geometry Wars and King's Quest

  • abigsmurf 12/08/2014

    Hopefully the new kings quest won't kill me because I did the very dangerous activity of looking at a river. Reply +6
  • The new Settlers game is part city builder, part action RTS

  • abigsmurf 06/08/2014

    People really love Settlers 2 (and its remake), people hate it every time they try and 're-invent' the franchise and produce a game that has none of the elements that made it so fun in the first place.

    You'd think Bluebyte would take a hint
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  • Resident Evil 1 remastered for PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

  • abigsmurf 05/08/2014

    Looking at the screenshots, the backgrounds are upscaled from the SD originals with a terrible blobby filter applied to them. That's unfortunate. Reply +6
  • abigsmurf 05/08/2014

    But will the backgrounds be re-rendered at 1080p? Pin sharp enemies and blurry 480p backgrounds isn't a great look.


    Nope, they're terrible quality filtered up-res
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  • Video: Ian's about to tell you all about his favourite game

  • abigsmurf 04/08/2014

    Loved these as a kid but never came close to actually finishing a Dizzy game. Would've been far better games without lives, especially consider you could die from jumping into candles you assumed were just part of the background... Reply +1
  • Devolver Digital and indie devs help finance failing GaymerX convention

  • abigsmurf 30/07/2014

    @Murton It's bad they pledged and didn't deliver but it was a simple mistake rather than anything malicious. NIS America aren't a huge company they pledged money then found they didn't have the budget for it.

    It was extremely unprofessional for the one of the main organisers to instantly accuse them of homophobia when this became apparent and it makes companies wonder if getting involved in these events is worth the risk of getting accused of homophobia.

    Stuff like this and what happened to Penny Arcade have shown that no matter what you try to do, you're only ever one mistake or even one poorly thought out tweet/forum post from people ignoring any good work you've done and attack you.
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  • GAME now selling Vita game download codes

  • abigsmurf 24/07/2014

    Do the store bought PSN download codes still just give you the PSN credit and steer you towards downloading the game rather than just limit you to that game?

    Seem to remember looking out for download cards being discounted in sales as a good way of getting reduced PSN credit
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  • Sony will box Freedom Wars for Europe because fans asked

  • abigsmurf 22/07/2014

    Nice move on Sony's behalf.

    Now Square Enix, about FFT-0...
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  • Google Play removing "free" label for F2P games with in-app purchases

  • abigsmurf 21/07/2014

    Don't think it's going to make much difference really.

    Would be nice if it meant ad supported games get a boost over pay to play type games but as I imagine Google will still use the same charting system (but with the 'free' one renamed), I can't see it making any real difference.

    Pay to play games simply print too much money and will keep doing so in the foreseeable future unless/until the market gets saturated.
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  • The Evil Within release date jumps forward a week

  • abigsmurf 18/07/2014

    @Acquiescence - a AAA horror release before Halloween will mean it gets a lot of press coverage as sites do their annual "horror games to play during Halloween" type articles.

    Besides which, a summer drought followed by an insane surge of games in the Autumn is a (weird) annual tradition.
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  • Doom 4 is an oldschool reboot, just called Doom

  • abigsmurf 18/07/2014

    I actually enjoyed the horror focus of Doom 3, shame they didn't show the imagination of the later hell segments more throughout the game. Reply +3
  • The real story behind The Sun's "Gaming as addictive as heroin" headline

  • abigsmurf 08/07/2014

    It's completely outrageous that they would brand us as being like drug addicts.

    What next, articles saying that we're all sexist pigs?
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  • PS4 fails to boost Japan console market

  • abigsmurf 08/07/2014

    There aren't any Japanese focused games coming out for it, that's why it isn't selling.

    Short of probably-terrible Compile Heart games, I'm not sure there's much for the Japanese in general until they get FFXV and KH3
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  • Dragon Quest 10 announced for 3DS in Japan

  • abigsmurf 08/07/2014

    If only there was some handheld console around that could handle Wii level graphics comfortably without having to resort to laggy, compressed streaming...

    Still waiting on DQVII Squeenix. To say this is overdue a PAL release is an understatement.
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  • BioShock Vita would have been a Final Fantasy Tactics-style game

  • abigsmurf 08/07/2014

    This project going forward would require Sony to spend money and effort on the Vita, something they've been pretty damn reluctant to do for the last year or so.

    They won't even give a physical release for the biggest game they're releasing in Europe this year.
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  • Mighty No. 9 launches second crowdfunding campaign for "bonus" content

  • abigsmurf 07/07/2014

    $3.8mill and they couldn't budget in voice acting?

    This really seems to go against the spirit of kickstarter. They've raised well beyond what they could've realistically expected in the first kickstarter and now they're starting a second one for something that should've been a stretch goal?

    $3.8mill in sunk costs and a nearly complete product and they couldn't get a $100,000 loan/investment from a bank?
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  • Fox News uses BioShock Infinite logo to defend the homeland

  • abigsmurf 03/07/2014

    They went to all that effort to re-draw the logo from scratch (lots of differences in proportions, border style, texture etc.) did they then get an intern to add that awful yellow text? Reply +22
  • eSports organisation IeSF makes male-only tournaments open to all

  • abigsmurf 03/07/2014


    I hear only bad people dislike straw men argument. Bad people also don't like puppies.

    How could you hate cute adorable puppies Percino?!?
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  • abigsmurf 03/07/2014

    Whilst this is a more Tumblr friendly approach, this is going to be terrible for female competitive gaming.

    If a female contestant is good enough for the mixed gender event, she's going to compete in that event where there's more money and fame. The female only league will become a 'second division' as a result. Up and coming female gamers will be competing against 'not-good-enough-for-the-main-league' players in the female league and their skills won't improve as much.
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  • Ubisoft "reinventing" The Settlers with Kingdoms of Anteria

  • abigsmurf 24/06/2014

    Wow, didn't think they could make it worst than the last one which already ripped the heart out of the series Reply 0
  • LOL: Riot offers new hires a pay-out to quit

  • abigsmurf 20/06/2014

    Roughly a months salary is a terrible payoff.

    Also stuff like this actually destroys morale. Having bosses feel the need to 'test your loyalty' just feeds resentment.
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  • Editor's blog: I am sexist

  • abigsmurf 19/06/2014

    @Widge Only if I can add LOL REDUCTIO AD ABSURDUM to yours.

    Back to the subject matter. I find it somewhat amusing that people who bend over backwards to claim that games where you beat people to bloody pulps or tear them limb from limb don't mean you're more likely to be violent yet playing games where I have to rescue a princess means I'm a sexist pig.
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  • Amazon unveils Fire phone, bets on 3D

  • abigsmurf 19/06/2014

    Might have been a compelling buy if it was cheap.

    However it's only 720p, doesn't have expandable storage and probably won't have access to the google app store
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  • The Dark Souls 2 DLC doesn't seem that tough

  • abigsmurf 17/06/2014

    A mossy, tree-like undead soldier makes up the most common enemy in these parts. One on one, they're a cakewalk. But get two or more of them together and they can cause some serious damage.
    This was one of the big problems with DS2. Lots of enemies that are simple and don't require any strategy to beat so they add difficult by chucking lots of them at you at once.

    Not sure about the DLC, a single zone per DLC doesn't excite me too much given how every zone in the main game (except maybe Forest of the Giants) could be done in an hour.

    Would much rather the 3 DLCs were all linked together for a solid 5-6 hour experience like the DS1 DLC.
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  • Final Fantasy Type-0 coming to PS4 and Xbox One

  • abigsmurf 11/06/2014

    Gotta love the Playstation Blog completely taking the shine off of this announcement by initially saying it was a Vita release, only to then update it and say it was coming out on PS4 and Xbox 1 only.

    Rather than being happy, it just got most of the people who'd been campaigning to get it released on the Vita pretty angry.

    It's a portable game, it should be played on a portable
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  • Sony had more wow moments, but Microsoft has closed the competence gap

  • abigsmurf 10/06/2014

    Some exciting stuff. Bloodborne has me most hyped but the conference severely lost momentum in the second half.

    Not sure why they felt a it was a good idea to spend 15 minutes talking about a TV series that had zero to do with games.

    Also, the lack of Vita support from Sony (the US side at least) continues to be a bit of a slap in the face to owners. There wasn't a single Vita exclusive announced in the conference and dropping the 'Vita' from the Playstation TV makes me think Sony US just don't give a toss, relying on Japanese and indie developers to keep it breathing.

    On a side note, it turns out staying up for the show on a work day was a good move as a pipe burst halfway through it and being awake meant I could turn off the water quickly rather than wake up to a flooded house.
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  • Face-Off: Borderlands 2 on PlayStation Vita

  • abigsmurf 05/06/2014

    The frame rate isn't great but it's only really in sanctuary where it becomes a problem, it's perfectly playable 98% of the time. Borderlands 2 has never really been a twitch shooter so gameplay isn't impacted much.

    The two bigger problems are not showing weapon effects (you can't see if someone is slagged and there are a few boss attacks that are almost invisible) and the twitchy control sticks. look sensitivity and zoomed aiming sensitivity are both tied together and given the lack of travel in the sticks, your only options are for zoomed in aiming to be unusably twitchy or for regular aiming and turning to be painfully slow. Can't see you having much fun using the sniper rifle in this version.
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  • Video: Mario Kart 8's controversial Fire Hopping technique

  • abigsmurf 05/06/2014

    Snaking mk.2

    Hope they patch it out
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  • The Space Hulk: Deathwing game looks like this

  • abigsmurf 22/05/2014

    Games Workshop 'stealing' the Deathwing name from Blizzard...

    I'm reminding of this comic: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/04/10
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  • Face-Off: God of War Collection on PlayStation Vita

  • abigsmurf 21/05/2014

    Hey DF, any chance of you investigating something interesting that people have noticed with the Vita?

    Playing games with online components in Airplane mode has a noticeable boost in performance. Apparently the Wifi stuff sucks up a portion of the ram and CPU, putting it in airplane mode (not just disabling wifi) allocates this back to the rest of the game (it's why some games display a "network functions disabled).

    Apparently it produces a significant boost to Borderlands 2 with higher frame rates, fewer blurry textures and less stuttering in general gameplay.
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  • Mario Kart 8 review

  • abigsmurf 15/05/2014

    Online and battle mode are the two things that are most important to me and they're the things Nintendo keep messing up with Mario Kart. Kinda annoying they're glossed over.

    Battle mode on regular tracks sounds terrible though.
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  • Evolve community manager fired after Twitter racism controversy

  • abigsmurf 02/05/2014

    @w00t Popular, well liked opinions do not need any sort of protection.

    Distasteful opinions are the ones which should and need to be defended the hardest.
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  • abigsmurf 02/05/2014


    I'd refute that a bit. A society where freedom of speech is allowed by the government but corporations and lynch mobs have enough power to completely ruin your lives and you're under constant intimidation to prevent you expressing legal views, is not a society of freedom of speech.

    The second you get organised groups with massive amounts of power coming down on free speech, it goes beyond "I have the right to say I don't like what you said".

    Google is just as capable of ruining your life as the Government is (even if they can't jail), as is getting to the front page of Reddit as a hate figure.
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  • abigsmurf 02/05/2014

    This is the sinister fallout from the whole Mozilla CEO farce. If you ever express an opinion that's unpopular, even if it was before attitudes changes, you're going to get the internet/tumblr pitchforks.

    Sterling was banned as the result of an illegally wiretapped, private conversation in his home. The guy was a racist who did some really despicable things (wouldn't rent homes to black families) but the actual thing he was banned for was incredibly questionable.

    After all the controversy of the NSA, you'd think people would be up in arms about wiretapping someone and ruining their lives. But no, as with so many things, if it catches people they don't like, they're perfectly happy with it.

    Wonder how long it'll be for us to start seeing more high profile people get sacked because of comments they made as angry 13 year olds decades in the past.
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  • Silent Hill: Origins and Shattered Memories headed to Vita

  • abigsmurf 17/04/2014

    Shattered memories was great, Origins was reasonable (last SH game without any influences from the movies). Here's hoping they use the Wii version as a base for SM rather than the PSP version. Reply +1
  • Sony's Japan Studio unveils three new Vita titles for Europe

  • abigsmurf 15/04/2014

    It's also been confirmed that Tales of Hearts R is getting a Western release (Gamestop exclusive retail in the US). With Neptunia Rebirth recently announced, looks like the Vita's become the hardware of choice for JRPGs (like the PSP before it).


    It could've been an expansion but the game has had a pretty heavy overhaul. It's now native resolution, they improved the terrible ground textures, they've changed a few of the more useless spells and improved the monster AI. This is in addition to adding a bunch of fairy tale based monsters.

    Probably just about justified being a full release
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  • My heart is breaking: Inside the Dark Souls cafe

  • abigsmurf 28/02/2014

    I'd rather visit the real Anor Londo

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  • Remember Cel Damage? It's coming back in HD

  • abigsmurf 28/02/2014

    Really enjoyed this on the xbox, had a really fun multiplayer mode. Reply +6
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle release date announced

  • abigsmurf 27/02/2014

    Was this the Jojo game where they charged full retail price then put in f2p mechanics where you'd have to either pay or wait hours to get credits for one of the major game modes? Reply +2
  • Nintendo terminating Wii and DS online services

  • abigsmurf 27/02/2014

    Shutting down an online service when there are games that have yet to have a replacement or alternative (most notably Smash bros.) is definitely eyebrow raising.

    Nintendo aren't in a position where they can afford to alienate or piss loyal customers off.
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