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  • Playtonic to ditch JonTron from Yooka-Laylee following anti-immigrant comments

  • abigsmurf 24/03/2017

    @BadFlounder Freedom of speech for the world is not decided by a document written by some Americans hundreds of years ago.

    Especially given that Playtonic are British.

    You think freedom of speech is defined by the government? Plenty of hellholes around the world where the government have few laws restricting freedom of speech but saying the wrong thing (especially about religion) will result in an angry mob of people appearing at your front door.

    Imagine if Google, MS, Facebook, Twitter and Apple all came together and decided they all didn't want a news story to be read or for someone's words to be read. They could do a pretty effective job at censoring them.
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  • Goat Simulator's DLC parodying Mass Effect, Star Wars launches on PS4 next week

  • abigsmurf 20/03/2017

    To think people said we wouldn't see an improvement in the animation for the new Mass Effect before release! Reply +25
  • Standard Tegra X1 'confirmed' as Switch's processor

  • abigsmurf 19/03/2017

    The frustrating thing about the X1 vs X2 is that the X2 also features a die-shrink. It's very likely that using the X2 would have had a negligable (if any) cost increase and would have come with the advantage of running cooler.

    Rumours are that Nintendo wanted the console out now and couldn't wait for production of the X2. It's a shame, we could have has a more powerful console with a better battery life.A launch lineup of Zelda, Splatoon and Mario Kart would have been much more compelling, even if it had been later.

    I do hope they do a Switch Pro with an X2 That does the same thing the PS4 Pro does to boost games though. Nintendo's support of 'enhanced' handhelds has been a bit flaky with DSi and New 3DS both only getting tiny numbers of enhanced games.
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  • Outlast 2 banned in Australia due to “implied sexual violence”

  • abigsmurf 17/03/2017

    This is the second game I can think of where a male player character is raped by a female entity in first person(although this sounds far more explicit ). It's somewhat depressing the difference in coverage male victims get compared to female ones.

    Hotline Miami had scores of outraged articles for a scene where sexual violence is about to take place only for it to be revealed to be a movie shoot. Would this have even got an article were it not for the fact it resulted in a ban?

    I don't think these sorts of things should result in any kind of a ban. If a film or TV can depict sexual violence, it should be fine for games too. It's just a sad reflection of our society that male victims don't matter compared to female victims.
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  • Switch has redesigned portable gaming forever

  • abigsmurf 08/03/2017

    First console where I've genuinely seen a 'soft' launch (of the type you get for PC components where stock is scarce, overpriced and there are teething troubles).

    Zelda looks very exciting but ultimately 320 is too much for one game, especially when I've DQVII to finish and Persona 5 imminent.

    I'll wait for a hardware revision that'll address the various niggles at the moment and offer a more respectable battery life. Also hoping that the variable clock rate means that we could see minor performance boosts from a cooler running die shrinked versions.

    Some good xmas deals and Xenoblade 2 actually making it out in 2017 would make it very difficult for me to resist waiting though.
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  • Nintendo Switch off to solid sales start in UK

  • abigsmurf 06/03/2017

    Still some limited availability at bricks and mortar but looks like it's sold out in the majority of places. Doubt we'll see a Wii situation where it was out of stock for multiple months though.

    Oddly it was widely available launch day but sold out during the weekend, not sure if that's a sign of steady demand or that people just don't pre-order as much now.
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  • Switch Joy-Cons tested: are there really de-sync issues?

  • abigsmurf 02/03/2017

    If the Day One patch hasn't fixed it, guess it means I'm waiting for the first HW revision. Reply +3
  • Super Bomberman R shows a side of the Switch that's a little unloved at launch

  • abigsmurf 02/03/2017

    @simsini I've never held much truck with the argument that playing time in itself justifies a price.

    You wouldn't play 40 for the version of minesweeper/solitaire you get with windows after all.
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  • abigsmurf 02/03/2017

    @simsini back in the day Nintendo used to charge 16 for every SNES cart they made (and this rose even higher if you wanted one with lots of memory). When you then take into account the lower sales figures for most games back then compared to now, that'll be why games were more expensive.

    Today selling a multiplayer game with simple graphics and a very basic single player mode at a similar price as you'd pay for the latest uncharted makes for poor value.
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  • Wonder Boy 3 remake lets you use your original Master System saves on Xbox One, PS4 and Switch

  • abigsmurf 01/03/2017

    I'll finally be able to beat the game without resorting to WE5T ONE....

    Wonderboy 3 is a game that should by all rights be regarded as one of the greatest titles of the 8bit era. Sadly the lack of success for the MS in the US means it doesn't get the wider recognition that NES games receive.

    Still, at least it means a French studio was able to take on this project so we get a game filled with the beautiful 2D animation that France has been producing in recent years.
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  • A complete history of Nintendo console launches

  • abigsmurf 24/02/2017

    Can't really justify buying a console where it could realistically not have the games I want for it released this year. Probably going to wait for the dieshrunk revision that'll fix any gremlins and improve the battery-life (and maybe offer PS4 Pro style performance boosts).

    I am really hoping that this will save the handheld market. With the 3DS and Vita both sharing a shrinking marketplace, a new, dominant handheld that also drags in people who don't do portable gaming could be great.

    If it gets full support from Gust, Compa, NIS and Atlus it's probably inevitable I'll buy it.
    Reply +6
  • Nintendo's Switch media kit includes heartfelt messages from Reggie and Zelda's director

  • abigsmurf 23/02/2017

    Lots of Switch info flooding the net now

    I've seen a benchmark of the Switch's battery life done already (2:48 from 100% to shut off in Zelda).
    Reply +10
  • Overwatch game director talks diversity, inclusivity and Tracer's sexuality

  • abigsmurf 23/02/2017

    She's perhaps the first older Egyptian mother to feature as a playable character in a mainstream, high budget game. "We went out of our way to challenge this notion," says Kaplan.
    That is an oddly specific notion. Still, he proved all those people who thought that older Egyptian mothers could never feature in a mainstream videogame, wrong I suppose.

    That said, surely all the various games with Cleopatra as a character beat them to it?
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  • New Overwatch lore character Efi Oladele sparks an interesting theory

  • abigsmurf 22/02/2017

    Those "headphone earrings" seem they'd be such a neat idea until you realize that every time she takes a step shes going to get a clattering sound directly in her ear as the hoop bangs against the headphone casing... Reply +1
  • Street Fighter 5 mod makes loading a match much quicker

  • abigsmurf 21/02/2017

    Reminds me of when Blizzard did the opposite of this and didn't put any frame rate limiters for a menu screen in Diablo 3. As there was very little going on graphically on the screen, it caused the menu to render at thousands of frames a second, putting the graphics card at 100% load.

    People would go to the menu and go away to have dinner, come back and find their graphics card sounding like a jet engine and overheating.

    @wooferz pointed out it was Starcraft II, not Diablo 3
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  • Horizon Zero Dawn review

  • abigsmurf 20/02/2017

    To be honest from what I've seen of the gameplay footage floating around over the last few days it seems that Eurogamer's review matches much more closely to what I've seen than the glowing reviews.

    The human AI looks terrible and if the majority of the game is made up of that, that's a bad thing.

    The cutscenes look amateurish and terribly animated; there's a death scene that makes one infamous one in The Dark Knight Rises look like an acting masterclass.

    Ultimately though it looks like it's yet another open world game with a world that isn't compelling enough for me to care to explore.
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  • Disney ditches Pewdiepie after anti-semitic stunt

  • abigsmurf 14/02/2017

    I can understand Disney wanting to distance themselves from Nazi humour (although why they expected tasteful humour from someone who screams about how he's being raped for laughs is beyond me). But this whole 'normalising Nazis' thing is stupid.

    Family Guy and South Park have been doing jokes about Nazis and antisemitism for decades. It doesn't glamourise Nazis or convert people, it demeans and belittles it. I doubt they sing Springtime for Hitler at far right rallies.

    If you say jokes around Nazis are off limits, you're not 'preventing normalization'; you're putting them on a pedestal and and giving them special status.

    It's better to laugh at something than to fear it.
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  • The Secret of Monkey Island's swordfighting

  • abigsmurf 09/02/2017

    @djarcas in writing Ender's Game he's also responsible for writing one of the greatest scifi novels of all time.

    The idea that we should shun any writer who expresses any view contrary to the current popular view is shortsighted. Enjoying good books are all about presenting ideas and worlds you've never experiences.

    Would the literary world really be better if we shunned writers such as Shakespeare (anti-semitic), HP Lovecraft (comically racist), Rudyard Kipling (extremely pro-empire), Roald Dahl (anti-semitic again) ?
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  • Steam users warned after profile exploit discovered

  • abigsmurf 07/02/2017

    This is the second time Steam have had issues with the security of profile pages in recent times.

    First issue let you see random user's personal information (name, address, purchases, limited payment info) and Steam were slow to react and gave an unconvincing 'oh, only a few thousand users were affected, no biggie!' response.

    Now they're not sanitizing user inputs properly and, if you're able to purchase stuff through this XSS, not putting precautionary tokens on forms to ensure that any forms submitted have to be ones the user has physically visited and isn't loaded in through ajax.

    They'd better not get a free pass again.
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  • Controversial PC game key reseller G2A.com fights fires in Reddit AMA

  • abigsmurf 03/02/2017

    G2A exists because publishers won't get together and provide a legitimate way for people to resell something they legally own and they block any attempt to provide a large safe environment to do so.

    I don't have a massive amount of sympathy for their complaints about G2A. It's like a mayor banning the sale of condoms then complaining about an epidemic of STDs in his town.

    If, down the line, a cuddly meerkat toy I received from a certain unnamed site, became worth selling and I needed the money, it would be completely unkthinkable if, when creating an auction, it then got taken down and I got a strike against my account because "it was given to you for free".

    Publishers want to have their cake and eat it. When they're giving out these codes they're worth 0.00001p so they can bypass all sorts of laws. Do something they don't like with those codes? Suddenly that code is worth for full launch retail price of that game.

    Give people a place where they can safely sell excess codes and stop acting like people are criminals for exercising basic property rights, then maybe you can complain against sites like G2A that you give people no alternative but to turn to.
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  • Double Dragon 4 review

  • abigsmurf 03/02/2017

    The first paragraph says you can't separate politics from gaming yet there seems to be no reference to anything especially political in the review. Ironic then, you could quite easily separate it from the rest of the article without affecting it.

    Back on topic I never actually liked Double Dragon growing up, it always seemed simplistic compared to TMNT, Final Fight or Streets of Rage.
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  • Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age gets July release on PS4

  • abigsmurf 31/01/2017

    @Nikanoru Been a long time since I finished it but I seem to remember one of them featuring in the same style of role but you don't learn anything else about them.

    The game itself is actually pretty fun, a weird RTS style game. Hope they find some way of including it in this remake (although seems unlikely as they probably would have shown it off by now).
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  • abigsmurf 31/01/2017

    @Nikanoru FFXII-2's plot didn't really do anything to expand on all the unresolved stuff left at the end of the main game. It had its own mostly self contained plot with only slight links to the main game (even if it does feature a lot of the characters from it).

    To this day it still feels like we only got 3/4 of a game with FFXII and annoyingly all the stuff about what the secret big bads were and their endgame was will remain a mystery.
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  • Total War's latest Game of Thrones mod looks fantastic

  • abigsmurf 30/01/2017

    In keeping with how battles usually happen in the series, you'll spend most of the battle getting your arse kicked, then a cavalry charge will come out of nowhere and win it for you at the last moment. Reply +19
  • Square Enix announces Marvel partnership, first game focused on Avengers

  • abigsmurf 26/01/2017

    I won't lie, I was kind hoping for a Kingdom Hearts World announcement.

    That said, I imagine Marvel looked at the success of the Arkham games, realized how much potential there was in a big budget Marvel game and Crystal Dynamics who have experience doing this sort of thing made for a good match.
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  • PSA: Some of Sega's best soundtracks just hit Spotify

  • abigsmurf 26/01/2017

    Always remember spending ages getting my ratings up on all the stages in Nights in order to get the good endings and the adult version of the theme song rather than the one sung by kids.

    I was really disappointed when the adult version turned out to be a really boring performance by cabaret style singers.
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  • Life of Black Tiger is the worst PS4 game we've ever played

  • abigsmurf 26/01/2017

    $10? I think I'll wait for the 'game of the year' edition Reply +48
  • Disney Infinity dev is back, now making Cars 3 for Warner Bros.

  • abigsmurf 25/01/2017

    Found it a bit weird that Disney seemed to abandon making licenced movies on a per-movie basis. Olaf's Quest was reportedly one of the best selling games on the 3DS for a long time. Reply 0
  • Fighting game community in a flap over Killer Instinct teabagging ban

  • abigsmurf 24/01/2017

    Lets strive to make these events sterile, emotionless affairs where no one shows any personality out of the fear it could result in their career being over! I'm sure that'll make them more entertaining and drive up interest! Reply -3
  • Did Nintendo download a Mario ROM and sell it back to us?

  • abigsmurf 19/01/2017

    The existence of that header file means very little, they could have quite easily just used the same hardware and/or software to rip a cart that the online sources used, something they'd be more than entitled to do.

    It's their game, they're entitled to package it however they want and they can use whatever hardware solution they like to rip the game.

    To argue that this means Nintendo did something wrong is silly. You may as well make the argument that Nintendo aren't allowed to make a Metroid sequel in the future because they threatened someone else who was making a Metroid sequel.
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  • The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ will be a Switch launch title in North America

  • abigsmurf 19/01/2017

    Even if it's 'only slightly more expensive then buy separately on Steam', there's a big difference between buying the cheap base game, then buying expansions when you decide you like it enough to get the additional content.

    The Binding of Isaac isn't for everyone, at ~10 it's a low risk purchase, at 40 it's a big ask, it doesn't matter how much content there is if the central concept bores you.

    You don't see "Game of the year" editions of games priced higher than the original base retail price.
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  • Microsoft announces inflatable Xbox One controller for your pool

  • abigsmurf 17/01/2017

    @jmfcao It's hard to know for sure, they always inflate their figures. Reply +33
  • Switch clicks in the hands, but on paper, it's in trouble

  • abigsmurf 13/01/2017

    Knock at least 50 off of the price, then the console becomes a bit more enticing.

    The console is offering too little for too much. After the Wii U I'm not going to trust that the thin release schedule is going to get significantly more filled in.
    Reply +31
  • Nintendo's precarious reveal runs risk of Switching off fans

  • abigsmurf 13/01/2017

    It's stupidly expensive. I can get a PS4 slim and 3 games for that price.

    The launch line up is incredibly anemic. Zelda looks great but I can play that on my dust gathering Wii U.

    Nintendo launched the 3DS and Wii U at too high price points for the strength of the hardware. Why haven't they learnt?
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  • A pair of Nintendo Switch Joy-con controllers costs 75

  • abigsmurf 13/01/2017

    Why did they feel the need to inflate the price with that pointless gesture sensor?

    I can't see it getting any support outside of some gimmicky minigames that you'll get tired of quickly and it must add a chunk to the cost.
    Reply +40
  • Atlus doesn't know whether the new Shin Megami Tensei for Nintendo Switch will head west

  • abigsmurf 13/01/2017

    Given how early the game seems I'm not sure they can even reliably say when it will release in Japan Reply 0
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 announced for Nintendo Switch

  • abigsmurf 13/01/2017

    How many years away from release is the game this time? Reply +1
  • Nintendo Switch out 3rd March for 279.99

  • abigsmurf 13/01/2017

    279 is 50 more than I was expecting and franky, 50 more than it should be Reply +15
  • Nintendo announces Arms, a competitive motion-controlled boxing game

  • abigsmurf 13/01/2017

    Looks pretty fun but it looked very simple.Not sure it's going to hold my attention for long Reply +1
  • Nintendo Switch battery life detailed, capacitive touchscreen confirmed

  • abigsmurf 13/01/2017

    2.5hours for intensive games... That's not great. Reply +25
  • Nintendo Switch reveal live report

  • abigsmurf 12/01/2017

    The big question: Stayup and sleep after, Wakeup Early or just go without sleep? Reply +2
  • Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King 3DS review

  • abigsmurf 11/01/2017

    "The other 3DS additions are less crucial."

    New playable characters and additions to the story aren't as important as a photo mode?
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  • Nintendo's wildest handheld is bowing out with style

  • abigsmurf 30/12/2016

    Was a bit underpowered, suffered from having a terrible resolution and the region locking killed it's potential as a portable for niche games (with the Vita taking that role).

    That aside, it had some great games and gave me plenty of enjoyment, Layton vs Phoenix Wright alone made it worth buying for me.

    Looking forward to Switch and Nintendo actually managing to both to give it a respectable resolution and to make it the most powerful handheld console around. Hoping that only having a single dominant handheld will revitalize the portable market a bit, especially in the West.
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  • Nintendo Switch CPU and GPU clock speeds revealed

  • abigsmurf 19/12/2016

    Such a terrible short sighted decision to use an X1 chip over the X2.

    They could have had a faster chip running cooler (so it'd need less of a downclock in portable mode) and it would have cost them almost the same amount to produce. All done for the sake of releasing the console a month or so sooner.
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  • Apple iPhone 7 more expensive in UK - blame Brexit

  • abigsmurf 08/09/2016

    @Randomkarlos look at the currency symbols in my comment again

    *edit*

    Apparently people still can't read.

    I said That the (Euro) to $(dollar) exchange rate is roughly the same rate as last year. Last year the USD to EUR was 0.88 today it's 0.89. Despite this, the Euro price of the iphone has gone up 50.
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  • abigsmurf 08/09/2016

    @Kables :$ is actually almost exactly the same value was it was a year ago.

    Edit:

    Feel free to check yourselves

    http://www.xe.com/currencycharts/?from=USD&to=EUR&view=1Y
    Reply -1
  • abigsmurf 08/09/2016

    No mention that the Euro price was also hiked up by around 50 or is that pesky fact too inconvenient for the sensationalist headline? Reply +14
  • PlayStation Meeting 2016 live report

  • abigsmurf 07/09/2016

    A bunch of rumours that Sony are going to show off a Vita 2 or Vita - budget edition.

    Really can't see it happening given how little they support the console.
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  • Nintendo lawyers jump on No Mario's Sky parody

  • abigsmurf 05/09/2016

    If you don't fight Trademark infringements you risk the trademark being seen as generic (eg. aspirin, sellotape) and losing protection.

    These have a financial impact on the company. Negotiations for Mario related licences because worth a lot less is companies can see Mario being used unofficially for free everywhere, if Nintendo wanted to release a Metroid 2 remake themselves, they could find themselves in direct competition with something like AM2R and/or worse, have people think "didn't we just get a Metroid 2 remake".

    The fact that someone put the time and effort into making games like this AM2R, and the ensuing media coverage are evidence enough of the value of the trademark. Neither of those games would have gotten media exposure without the recognisable names attached to it.

    Some companies like people making fan materials, some don't. Just because some companies like Crypton Future Media are happy to let their mascot feature in a billion fan products doesn't mean people should expect companies to be happy with everyone ripping off their characters and games.
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  • The PS4 Slim is real - confirmed

  • abigsmurf 22/08/2016

    If it's fake, a massive amount of effort has gone into it. That said, a huge amount of effort went into fabbing that NX controller too

    Evidence against?

    The 'rough' texture on the corner has hallmarks of 3D printed plastic.

    Weird USB placement

    Sideways PS logo on a console that looks like it'd fall over if you so much as breathed on it if you placed it on its side (doesn't seem to come with any stand/feet to keep it stable).

    The box design is slightly awkward, it's more like copying and pasting trade dress elements together than creating a unified box design. Looking at previous Sony box designs, I can't see any examples of them setting a console against a pure flat white background then surrounding it with gradients and complex graphics. Either the whole box is a flat colour or they put some colour behind the image of the .console
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