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  • Student-made Ukip parody game upsets Nigel Farage

  • abigsmurf 23/12/2014

    @DakeyrasUK

    It's all in their manefesto:

    CJ381 Recognising the nature of the female prison population, with high levels of mental illness, experience of being a victim of crimes such as sexual assault and domestic violence, and caring responsibilities for children, the only women who should be in custody are those very few that commit serious and violent crimes and who present a threat to the public.

    CJ382 For the vast majority of women in the criminal justice system, solutions in the community are more appropriate. Community sentences must be designed to take account of women’s particular vulnerabilities and domestic and childcare commitments. The restrictions placed on sentencers around breaches of community orders must be made more flexible.
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  • abigsmurf 22/12/2014

    Wonder how many people here saying UKIP are a bunch of loonies support the Greens. Just a reminder on some of their key policies:

    Never jail women (men however can keep being locked up).
    Closing all nuclear power stations.
    Banning any cars that can go faster than the speed limit (which will be lowered to 55mph).
    Promoting alternative medicine on the NHS
    Removing any border controls and implementing an unconditional citizens income (comical combination).
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  • abigsmurf 22/12/2014

    Every time someone does one of these parodies or does some article/documentary mocking UKIP or saying how they're all evil racists, the party gains another 10,000 votes.

    They're a protest party that gets votes from people who either hate the "elite" 3 main parties or are annoyed at getting labelled as racists by politicians for being concerned at immigration.

    If anything will change they're view, it's not going to be a sneery app by what they see as 'liberal' students that label them racist.
    Reply +9
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker review

  • abigsmurf 23/12/2014

    If you find yourself sighing about damsel tropes when Captain Toad sets off to rescue Toadette at the start of the game, hold your horses. That's just the first of three episodes; Nintendo's clearly not been deaf to arguments for gender neutrality in its games.
    Is there a daily quota for this sort of writing that Eurogamer has to fill?

    Yesterday we had an article bemoaning that a game featuring a main cast of improbably well groomed boyband members, in a series that often features bare chested male characters that's long pandered to the yaoi doujin crowd, features a minor female character in a skimpy outfit.

    Today we've got to analyse how progressive a cute family game featuring anthropomorphic mushrooms is.
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  • Japanese crossover fighting game J-STARS Victory VS + heads to Europe

  • abigsmurf 22/12/2014

    @KDR_11k He takes 30 minutes charging but luckily for him Naruto spend that 30 minutes just having flashbacks to the previous half an hour and explaining in great detail how his attacks work. Reply +14
  • abigsmurf 22/12/2014



    Vita version looks solid, frame rate looks pretty stable, only slight issue are longish load times but those aren't unbearable.
    Reply +7
  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 sets sail for the West

  • abigsmurf 22/12/2014

    This is the first time they've localised a Vita version isn't it? Reply +2
  • Tekken 7's chief developer doesn't take kindly to mixed Lucky Chloe reaction

  • abigsmurf 09/12/2014

    If you've annoyed Neogaf, you're probably doing something right. It's a terrible, self important, insular echo chamber that's completely out of touch with the gaming public

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  • David Jaffe reveals arena shooter Drawn to Death

  • abigsmurf 06/12/2014

    The concept is much more interesting than the execution.

    The only over-riding feeling I got from that trailer is that playing this for more than 5 minutes is going to give me eye-strain.
    Reply +21
  • Final Fantasy 7 announced for PlayStation 4

  • abigsmurf 06/12/2014

    How to make a show audience go from being uncontrollably excited to disappointed/angry in around 15 seconds.

    Introducing a port of a port as if it was a remake for a game that people have been begging you to properly remake for a decade was pretty poorly thought out.
    Reply +94
  • Moving targets: the scattergun politics of Far Cry 4

  • abigsmurf 02/12/2014

    The Far Cry series is all about having a protagonist unexpectedly thrust in the middle of a conflict he has no stake in, in a beautiful land that's unfamiliar to him.

    The marketing for this (and the previous Far Cry's) makes it clear: you're not the star of the game, the location and its people are. Outside of Blood Dragon, I wouldn't recognise a single Far Cry Protagonist by name or image.

    The reason for having non-native protagonists is simple; if the games starred a person from that country/region, he would already know all about the conflict, the leaders and the country. If the main character is a stranger to the land, he experiences everything for the first time, along with the player.

    This is little different from the Bioshock series which are about outsiders exploring unfamiliar (albeit more fantastical) locations.

    This is a game where the creators have clearly spent massive amounts of time researching culture, architecture, terrain and have gone to great pains to be as sensitive as they can in a game that requires you to go around killing as many people as possible. Articles taking lazy snipes at games that DARE feature a setting other than a western city, Wetern fantasy or dystopian (but still mostly western) future and claiming its insensitive or offensive on behalf of other people are tiresome.

    We want diversity in games, we want other cultures represented but we attack the developers who attempt it.
    Reply +5
  • "I don't want to be a part of piracy"

  • abigsmurf 21/11/2014

    I've heard whispers that the reason for no SNES VC on the 3DS is because Nintendo think the CPU is too weak for the standard of emulation they require for eshop, remains to be seen how true this is but the 3DS (or the New 3DS with double CPU power) could be an incredible emulation box.

    No-name Chinese android based portables uniformly suffer from terrible build quality and controls. Aside from the hand cramp the 3DS gives me after an hour or so, the 3DS has controls that easily outshine the JXDs and co.

    Caught the news about 2 hours after it broke so it had already sold out at 90% of places, ordered a copy of the game from 3 different places, one has cancelled, one has shipped, one has given me the silent treatment (betting on it being cancelled).
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  • Assassin's Creed Unity's French Revolution blasted by ex-presidential candidate

  • abigsmurf 18/11/2014

    Who would have thought that a movement which executed over 16,000 people at the guillotine could be considered bloodthirsty?

    But I'm those were all evil people who deserved to be executed, like that evil evil convent of nuns that were executed purely because of their religious vows...
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  • EA pulls Dragon Age: Inquisition from India due to "local obscenity laws"

  • abigsmurf 18/11/2014

    They've released previous games with gay sex scenes in India without issue, the laws haven't changed since then, hard to think they'd suddenly fall foul of this law.

    Given the high piracy rates in India have caused EA to stop all physical PC releases in the country, I suspect that India isn't a terribly lucrative market for them and that they've more to gain from the PR of the game being 'Banned' than releasing it in the country.

    If they could sell a few million copies in the country I don't think they'd just give up without even seeing if the game would get covered by those laws.
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  • Nintendo shows off another two waves of Amiibo toys

  • abigsmurf 11/11/2014

    Flash memory is dirt cheap, if they can put enough memory to hold basic data for a single game, they can probably hold basic data for a hundred games with negligible cost.

    Heck just give each amiibo a unique serial number and upload the data to a server.

    *edit*

    Wow -5 votes.

    I'm guessing this uses well under a mb of data. The difference between 1mb of flash and 128mb of flash is pence at most.
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  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 rating hints at third playable character

  • abigsmurf 10/11/2014

    @jabberwocky - Just a guess, you didn't give him his gun back did you? Try seeing what happens if you give it back to him next time. Reply +3
  • Smaller, cheaper, cooler Xbox One processor in development

  • abigsmurf 31/10/2014

    @L0YD - same chip tech but different designs. The XB1 uses slower RAM than the PS4 and they tried to compensate by putting a big cache on the chip.

    This means there's less space for the GPU compared to the PS4 and they have to be cut down to fit. This is the main reason for the console being less powerful than the PS4.
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  • PlayStation 4 sales help Sony's game division to profit

  • abigsmurf 31/10/2014

    The Vita is an incredible piece of hardware, Sony's lack of support for the console continues to piss me off.

    I'm possibly wrong but I believe there are now 0 first party Vita exclusives in development at the moment?
    Reply +17
  • Assassin's Creed: Unity features World War 2 section

  • abigsmurf 30/10/2014

    @Baban_Iesu To be fair, I actually quite like IE now, I just don't use it because I'm used to chrome. It was just adding to the whole "oh come on" thing, that just by opening a browser, not even going to any pages, I got spoilt. Reply +4
  • abigsmurf 30/10/2014

    I do love unavoidable spoilers on the front page of websites.

    I've already had The Apprentice spoilt to me by the MSN front page today (had to use IE to test a site)
    Reply +20
  • UK gov changing law to get tough on internet trolling

  • abigsmurf 20/10/2014

    A single ill-considered sentence and your life could be irreparably ruined. You'd get less time if you physically beat someone up. Is it really going to be good for society to stick kids, people with aspergers, people who made the mistake of posting whilst drunk and just people generally with poor judgement, in jail?

    We've already driven one old lady to suicide over this overblown 'trolling' hysteria and her comments weren't even that bad.

    Then of course there's the whole "legitimate criticism labelled as trolling" thing.
    Reply +13
  • Anita Sarkeesian cancels university speech following school shooting threat

  • abigsmurf 15/10/2014

    @spekkeh That's moving the goal posts though. This isn't exactly the first time this saga has reached the news sites. Reply 0
  • abigsmurf 15/10/2014

    http://www.giantbomb.com/profile/sweep/blog/anti-dickwolves-protesters-threaten-family-of-penn/77066/

    Penny Arcade receives death threats to their families over a comic.

    https://twitter.com/Totalbiscuit/status/518421501557891072

    Total biscuit receives death threats from "anti-GG"

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/games/62442166/gamergate-supporter-receives-death-threats

    Boogie2988 has received death threats to himself and his family.

    None of these have were reported on Eurogamer. Both sides in this are as bad as each other it's incredibly disingenuous for Eurogamer and other sites to keep pretending this is all one sided. What is the justification for not reporting these issues whilst reporting every incident on the other side?
    Reply +2
  • The Evil Within PC debug console commands unlock god mode, infinite ammo, more

  • abigsmurf 14/10/2014

    Reviews are appearing now. They're mostly pretty good, around the 8 mark. Only a few lower scores.

    Big complaints from the lower scores are texture and frame rate drops occasionally and high difficulty. The latter seems a weird point given this has been intended to be a return to survival horror roots which was a lot tougher than RE4+
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  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel review

  • abigsmurf 14/10/2014

    A very large expansion pack is pretty much what I expected and looks like it's what we've got.

    Not a bad thing for me, I'm thirsty for new borderlands after Destiny was such a personal disappointment. Would've been nice if it had shown the kind of creativity that Assault on Dragon's Keep showed though.

    Here's hoping that Borderlands 3 is something special.
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  • Kingdom Hearts 3 switches to Unreal Engine 4

  • abigsmurf 07/10/2014

    If it means dev can move along faster I'm all for it. Seems weird given that the Luminous Engine has produced some very nice visuals. Only thing I can think of is that Squeenix are looking at ramping up their PC content. KH1.5 and KH 2.5 on PC would also build a big fresh audience for the series.

    I'm hoping they're still doing the Kingdom Shader things they were talking about.
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  • EGX 2014: Game of the Show

  • abigsmurf 03/10/2014

    Don't get why so many people came away with bad impressions of The Evil Within. Was my game of the show (although annoyingly I didn't get to play Bloodborne because I couldn't find it).

    Maybe it was because the demo was much closer to REmake than RE4+.

    Here's hoping the NEC offer companies more space to put in more booths so the queues aren't quite so immense next year.
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  • The Witcher 3's Geralt: "The truth is, he was a relatively handsome man"

  • abigsmurf 26/09/2014

    Kind of a problem with designing men in these games. You want to make a man look big and strong as you'd expect a warrior to and you end up creating a greek demi-god. You then try to ugly him up with scars and the odd misshapen feature and you go from "demi-god" to "rugged good looks". Reply +22
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 review

  • abigsmurf 24/09/2014

    Been several years coming but we've finally a clear strong bang:buck upgrade from the HD 5xxx era.

    AMD have teased an announcement for tomorrow, here's hoping for some strong competition to force prices down.
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  • League of Legends blocks toxic players from ranked matches

  • abigsmurf 24/09/2014

    My experience with DOTA was back in the War3 days and I've never experienced a more toxic community. It was enough to stop me from getting through the initial learning curve. Shame it's not improved since then.

    That said, I thought footman frenzy was a much more fun game/mod (despite the massive balance issues) and it didn't suffer from the same toxicity.
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  • The New 3DS XL unlocks the potential of Nintendo's handheld

  • abigsmurf 19/09/2014

    I'm pretty sure that the vast majority of sites are getting the face tracking tech completely wrong.

    Having the camera on for every single game would be massively taxing on the CPU and battery and it would be a waste of resources having it on all the time. Not to mention all the 'tests' in the article that it passed with would be things you'd expect it to fail miserably on. Plus there's the fact that I'm not actually sure it's possible to adjust the 'sweet spot' in this way with the parallax barrier tech Nintendo use.

    The face tracking is meant for controlling the camera in games to produce a more immersive effect. If you physically look around an object, the in game camera shifts to allow you to do it.

    Nintendo have very likely used a more advanced parallax barrier tech that has much wider viewing angles in addition to the face tracking.
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  • The Great Ace Attorney gets a debut trailer

  • abigsmurf 19/09/2014

    At least the localisation won't need to be so forced this time around

    Reply +4
  • Final Fantasy 15 demo confirmed, Nomura leaves director's chair

  • abigsmurf 18/09/2014

    Nomura seems to be one of the few directors still at Square Enix who reliably puts out good games, strange decision.

    Can only imagine they're trying to speed up KH3 production
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  • Final Fantasy Agito announced for Vita in Japan

  • abigsmurf 18/09/2014

    @saispag

    Twist: It turns out Lightning is actually Sora!
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  • Going Deep Down with Tokyo Game Show trailer

  • abigsmurf 18/09/2014

    "We're tired of people saying this is just us copying Dark Souls.... We copied the worst parts of assassins Creed too!"

    Jokes aside, it looks pretty good, will be looking forward to playing it.
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  • Silent Hills concept trailer is coming for you

  • abigsmurf 18/09/2014

    Looks incredible, if they can be as imaginative as PT and that trailer the game will be amazing. Reply +8
  • Destiny public events to occur more frequently

  • abigsmurf 12/09/2014

    "spend 5 minutes shooting near constantly at this almost stationary bullet-sponge whilst it occasionally one shots you"

    Only found one public event so far when playing. Needless to say it didn't impress.
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  • Sony insists Vita is here to stay

  • abigsmurf 12/09/2014

    No matter how they spin it, if they really cared about the console, they'd be making games for it. I actually strongly suspect that after the initial launch months, Sony just completely gave up and decided not to produce any games for it themselves. Outside of hiring a few no-name teams to churn out some questionable ports, I don't think there have been any new titles announced by the Western side of Sony that were definitely started after the consoles launch.

    We don't really ask for mega-budget uncharted/killzones but we do want SOME titles. Lets face it, Gravity Rush 2 is probably going to be a PS4 title.

    Playing indie games that have been out for over a year on PCs doesn't interest me and I'm starting to get bored of tiny budget fanservice heavy dungeon crawling JRPGs
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  • The next Ace Attorney game features Sherlock Holmes

  • abigsmurf 11/09/2014

    To be fair to them, this is a lot more restrained than when Japan last took on Sherlock Holmes

    Reply +2
  • Destiny thrills, but the big picture rings hollow

  • abigsmurf 10/09/2014

    @jabberwoky Enemies not only respawn, they respawn constantly. You've probably got about 30 seconds between clearing out some enemies and new ones flying in.

    In the instanced areas it's not so bad but bosses so far have tended to be escorted by 3 or so enemies. The second the last of those enemies get killed, identical replacements appear.
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  • abigsmurf 10/09/2014

    Played 3 or so hours yesterday, my thoughts:

    The story is uninteresting and unengaging and Peter Dinklage, who's basically the narrator puts in one of the most bored performances I've heard.

    The gun play is fun but there's a massive lack of variety in enemies. Had one public event and was a tedious 5 minute encounter with a bullet sponge tank that we failed to kill.

    Enemies re-spawning constantly from all sides is deeply annoying.

    The missions lack variety and too often the "get to a location" missions leave you staring upwards at a ledge you're given no clear indication of how to climb.

    Loot so far is boring (and it's really hard to actually see when gear drops).

    Tedious load times, especially going back to the tower.

    Horrible user interface and interacting with vendors is incredibly unintuitive with the reputation, exchanging, bounty collection all initially confusing.

    Overall, a big disappointment. I was hoping for a serious take on Borderlands 2 which did everything in a bigger, better and more multiplayer friendly way. Instead it's a fairly dull experience. Not a bad game but nowhere near worth the hype it got.
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  • Sony appears to have fixed vanishing Destiny PSN pre-orders problem

  • abigsmurf 10/09/2014

    Now they just have to solve the mystery Peter Dinklage's vanishing acting skills for this game. Reply +4
  • LittleBigPlanet gets a F2P mobile runner spin-off, Run Sackboy! Run!

  • abigsmurf 04/09/2014

    and people said Sony wouldn't put out any more AAA titles for the vita! Reply +8
  • Editor's blog: A brief note about "GamerGate"

  • abigsmurf 02/09/2014

    @MrTomFTW The hack has been proven to be physically impossible. Tumblr does not allow multiple users to log in to the same account at once. She can't have had loads of users all writing those posts (all but the last user would have been kicked out before submitting)

    All the information on their supposed Doxx was all crudely faked. Sure anyone could create that. However Zoe came out and said that it was all real information which obviously doesn't make much sense.
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  • abigsmurf 02/09/2014

    The thing which has got a lot of people so angry is a universal slamming of one side along whilst completely ignoring the other side.

    Sure it's bad that Anita got abuse, but what about the abuse towards TotalBiscuit? The threats from developers to (illegally) perform DMCA take downs of his reviews of their games? Phil Fish and his followers browbeat someone who came forward with an allegation of sexual abuse into silence.

    Zoe Quinn faked her Tumblr getting hacked and blamed it on Wizardchan. Her followers Doxxed people behind The Fine Young Capitalists (who are organising a game jam promoting female developers) and have repeatedly hacked their indiegogo page.

    None of these has been reported on major sites (including Eurogamer) but every single instance of "the other side" in this saga has had massive coverage.

    Eurogamer (and lots of other sites) need to realise that when some people are bombarded with articles saying that they're "chauvinistic neckbearded manchildren", this selective reporting flares up anger even more.

    TLDR: Both sides in this conflict have behaved shamefully but only one side has been called out on it by the major outlets.
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  • Telltale's Game of Thrones series setting teased

  • abigsmurf 01/09/2014

    @arcam If Walking Dead fans think their release schedule sucks, they should talk to Trails in the Sky fans.

    They've been sitting on a cliff hanger for 3 and a half years waiting for Chapter 2.
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  • PlayStation 4 version of Persona 5 revealed

  • abigsmurf 01/09/2014

    @ghostgate2001 PS3 isn't dead yet but I don't think you could say the same by Winter 2015.

    Keeping a console using a HDMI port and power plug for a year for P5 and Tales of Zestiria is a big ask
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  • abigsmurf 01/09/2014

    Come back in 2 years time for the first glimpse of gameplay footage!

    Glad it's coming out on PS4, makes a huge amount of sense given the PS3 will likely be pretty dead by the time it comes out in the west.
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  • After a decade away, Dragon Quest returns to PlayStation

  • abigsmurf 01/09/2014

    Dragon Quest Musou.

    I always get hyped by these games before release, enjoy the first few stages hugely then get bored and stop playing.
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  • Capcom announces Resident Evil Revelations 2

  • abigsmurf 01/09/2014

    Mixed on this, the first Revelations felt like Capcom getting back to a RE4 style feel (actiony Hunter filled skyscraper chapters aside). I got the feeling it was keeping it to the 3DS that forced them down that route.

    Now it's going to main consoles they don't have technical reasons to hold back and I can see them making it closer to RE6, re-using as much of that engine and mechanics as possible. Hope I'm wrong though.
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