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  • Watch: Lumo is nostalgic and lovely

  • abigsmurf 08/10/2015

    Think about it!

    *watches no one get the reference, highlighting just how old he is*
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  • Rediscovering Lego Dimensions through the eyes of a child

  • abigsmurf 08/10/2015

    And now I'm going to have "through the eyes of a child" from the South Park Movie stuck in my head all day.

    Can someone clarify something that wasn't clear in the review (never played skylanders or Disney Infinity so I don't know how these things work):

    If I buy the starter pack for this, do I get the full story or only a little snippet? Do I need to keep buying packs to get the full game?
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  • Is Headlander Double Fine's most whimsical game since Psychonauts?

  • abigsmurf 07/10/2015

    I really wish developers would remember to actually give players/npcs some actual contrast against the backgrounds.

    Getting eyestrain or a headache after 30 minutes of playing because you're constantly having to struggle to make out people against the background isn't my idea of fun.
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  • The Beginner's Guide review

  • abigsmurf 01/10/2015

    It's odd that a glowing review can put me off a game. Absolutely loved The Stanley Parable for its creativity and sense of fun so it's even more disappointing that I'm not feeling excited by it.

    One of the things about creating deeply personal, introspective stories drawing upon the creator's feelings/experiences is that, at the expense of sounding unfeeling, you need to have an interest in hearing that person's innermost thoughts.

    I've read a fair number of biographies so I'm not averse to seeing a writer revealing their feelings and memories to me but ultimately I've read them because I've a genuine interest in who they are and what they achieved. The prospect of hearing all these kinds of things from a developer I know nothing about about just doesn't excite me.

    I could be wrong and getting the wrong impression from the review about what the game is about but these is probably one for a Steam sale or humble bundle for me.
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  • Silent Hills would have been even better than we thought

  • abigsmurf 28/09/2015

    It wouldn't be the first time Ito has collaborated with Konami

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  • Redesigning the world's most-played PC game

  • abigsmurf 20/09/2015

    I'm convinced I once got a game of Patience where there were no possible moves from the start. Not sure if that's something that's possible but extremely unlikely or if I'm just that rubbish. Reply +1
  • Capcom announces first-person shooter Resident Evil Umbrella Corps

  • abigsmurf 15/09/2015

    Apparently Capcom didn't learn from that mediocre team shooter they released a few years ago that flopped and everyone forgot about. Reply +5
  • So, Mr Kojima, do we feel "ashamed" over Quiet?

  • abigsmurf 04/09/2015

    Male nakedness is usually used for comedic value, not titillation (the clue is in the name).
    Except Raiden was a character specifically designed and put in to appeal to female gamers. Him being naked is fanservice to appeal to the fujioshi crowd.

    Also, Titilation comes from the Latin 'titillationem' which means to tickle. The clue isn't in the name, it's a gender neutral term.
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  • Club Nintendo signs off with Goodbye Coin

  • abigsmurf 02/09/2015

    The club Nintendo reward system was terrible. Filling out a survey every time you claimed points made for a tedious experience and expiring points was simply inexcusable.

    I've heard people defend it saying that it's "for free" but the second they made you fill out surveys it stopped being free, it started being incredibly low paid work where you were giving away valuable information they could use for market research.

    You'd earn better rewards for your time doing surveys for yougov than you did on club Nintendo and YouGov doesn't require you to spend £30 before you can even get to the survey.
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  • Mighty No. 9 delayed to early 2016

  • abigsmurf 05/08/2015

    There had better be something phenomenal about this game that isn't apparent in the trailers that justifies the time and money spent on it.

    From what I've seen so far, the game doesn't exactly compare favourably to Maverick Hunter X, a similar game produced for much less money, in a shorter time for less powerful systems.
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  • Dragon Quest 11 coming to 3DS, PlayStation 4 - and the NX

  • abigsmurf 28/07/2015

    Both versions look incredible, glad they've made effort to max out the game's visual on both platforms. Having 16bit graphics as the map screen is genius.

    Allegedly they said the 3DS and PS4 versions share the same story which is bizarre. If you're using different engines for both and recreating assets from scratch for both, why not put in a small bit extra effort and give both of them unique stories? I want to play both of them but not sure I could take playing an identical story twice.
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  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC will stay broken until this autumn - report

  • abigsmurf 16/07/2015

    @DreadedWalrus Speaking as a coder, you can't just throw more developers at a project to make it go faster.

    Besides which, it's very likely that new content is being done mostly by a team of artists, modellers, scripters, map makers etc. who don't have much knowledge of the core engine.

    You also can't expect to put a PS4 specialist on a Windows DirectX project for optimisation work and expect things to go well.
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  • Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passes away at 55

  • abigsmurf 13/07/2015

    55 years old, that's a horribly young age.

    Seems likely that it's a result of the bile duct cancer that caused him to take time off before. Something like a 5% survival rate due to it only getting detected once it's too late.
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  • Dragon Quest Builders looks a lot like Minecraft

  • abigsmurf 08/07/2015

    So when is the company going to officially announce the Western release of DQVII and VIII on the 3DS? The creator informally let slip that it's being localised at Anime Expo by nothing official from Square-Enix. Reply +4
  • Reddit drama prompts gaming boards to shut themselves down

  • abigsmurf 03/07/2015

    Jesse Jackson is a very hate filled person who ironically manages to bring together people of all backgrounds in their disliking of him. Not quite sure how he didn't expect a tough time doing an AMA. Reply +6
  • Batman: Arkham Knight launch sales beat Arkham City

  • abigsmurf 29/06/2015

    It's a very good game and deserves good sales. It's just a shame the PC version has such significant issues (turning down the resolution and disabling physx made it playable and minimised the batmobile/gliding stutter but it's still annoying having to do that on a system that runs Witcher 3 flawlessly).

    It's rare that a game blows me away with its cutscenes but (major spoilers) some of the joker hallucinations, especially on the airship and Barbara Gorden shooting herself show a level of creativity you don't normally see in blockbuster games.
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  • Apple reinstates removed Civil War game with the Confederate flag

  • abigsmurf 27/06/2015

    @KanePaws Still blocks things like Dukes of Hazard which is neither historical or educational. Reply +4
  • abigsmurf 27/06/2015

    So it's still not allowed in 'non-educational' games?

    Then, it continues to be moronic censorship. A quick check on itunes shows me I can still buy Wolfenstein, a game filled with Nazi flags and symbols. Are confederate flags really more offensive than Swastikas?

    I see a lot of Americans argue that censorship is something only done at a government level through law but this flag saga has been a more than frightening demonstration of how effective a handful of large companies acting in unison can be at airbrushing 'undesirable' elements from media.
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  • Batman: Arkham Knight on PS4 is a technical tour de force

  • abigsmurf 24/06/2015

    Played a couple of hours on the PC (runs a 960). Had to drop the resolution down to just above 720p , lower shadow detail and turn off all physX to get it running at a playable frame rate. Even with that, there was still constant stutter that would occur if you quickly turned the camera and driving through the city can incredible hard because of it. Reply +13
  • Rocksteady and "external PC development partner" investigating Batman: Arkham Knight performance issues

  • abigsmurf 23/06/2015


    Unfortunately the majority of people who bought it on steam bought keys from places like cdkeys (where you could get it for under £20 at one point), Steam doesn't allow for refunds from redeemed keys.
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  • abigsmurf 23/06/2015

    @TeaFiend not a fan of doxxing.

    Besides, if that is the person's real identity, he's in a completely different section of a massive company.
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  • abigsmurf 23/06/2015

    @samharper To be fair, Borderlands 2 on the Vita was an impressive technical feat, even with the frame rate issues. Harsh to judge them on that given we have no idea if it could have managed a better frame rate.

    The crash bugs and the weird bullet delay were less forgiveable mind...
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  • Tale of Tales is sunsetting its studio following Sunset

  • abigsmurf 23/06/2015

    There's a number of reasons for this game flopping:

    The game frankly looks like cheap freeware, there's a reason there's no gameplay footage in the trailer. The environment is simplistic and crude, something they've tried to cover up under the pretence of it being minimalist. There isn't even any animation in the game, it just cuts away to a transition screen instead. Also there's something odd with the game that makes the character seem 7ft tall.

    Second is that there are countless 'walking simulators' around. It's been 6 years since the path, it's no longer an innovative approach to a game, just another genre. It's a genre that has quickly become cliched and derided. To stand out you need either to make your game grab people's attention, either for looking incredible or for doing something that they can't experience with other games. Wandering around an apartment doing housework as your character tells an 'emotional'/'powerful' story is not going to grab anyone now. To mix metaphors, Gone Home caught lightning in a bottle and lightning doesn't strike twice.

    Third is a bit of arrogance. You're telling potential customers created a story with what you see as deep political and social messages and putting that as the core selling point of the game. That's may or may not be true, the question is, why should we not only listen to to this person putting across their message but invest a lot of time doing so, whilst paying for the privilege. You need some sort of hook to get people interested, there are no shortage of indie games promising to deliver complex messages why is the developer any better than those? For example, Life is Strange deals with complex social issues but it's also a reasonable looking game with a neat Donnie Darko-esque scenario, why would I buy this game over that?

    You can't just assume that your writing is so powerful that it speaks for itself and will sell the game on its own. You're a indie studio that isn't widely known creating a game, you're not a famous best selling writer who's releasing a new novel.
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  • Radeon R9 390X 8GB review

  • abigsmurf 22/06/2015

    477w is insane. Can only imagine how much air the coolers will have to move. 180w increase over the 980 could easily translate to a couple of units for a week of moderate gaming. Works out at an extra £15 or so a year on your bills. Reply +3
  • Nintendo's painful metamorphosis leaves fans reeling

  • abigsmurf 17/06/2015

    The problem is, it's not a new Metroid and a new Animal Crossing. It's new games that just bear the name of the franchise which is a very important distinction.

    If I'm a fan of Animal crossing, it doesn't follow that I'm a fan of board games just because it has Animal Crossing theming.

    People enjoy the Metroid series as an immersive atmospheric single player exploration focused game. Chibi 'fun' multiplayer arena/sports games isn't something that overlaps with those elements much.

    Only the subject of on the number games released before the end of the year. Sure they may or may not all be polished games but that doesn't mean that people are excited for every game. There's no choice in it, you play every game they release or you go months without having something to play.
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  • The E3 Bulletin: Wednesday

  • abigsmurf 17/06/2015

    It's kinda surprising that almost everyone had a very strong showing at E3, including the publishers. Sony and Square Enix probably came out jointly top, it's been a long time since I've seen reactions on the level that we saw for FFVII Remake, TLG, Shenmue 3 and KH3 (gotta admire SE for trolling with the mobile game first).

    Nintendo undoubtedly had the worst showing. As much as Star Fox looked like it'd be great fun to play, there's no escaping that the visuals were Gamecube level. Delivering Spin offs instead of AAA mainline games for Zelda and particularly Metroid was a major mistake.
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  • Metroid Prime Federation Force announced for 3DS

  • abigsmurf 16/06/2015

    This is a bit of a slap in the face to people who were hoping for a new Retro Metroid title. Who exactly did Nintendo think would get excited for this?

    What happened to Retro anyway? They seemed to be teasing a bit announcement and we didn't see anything from them.
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  • Trolls can't ruin Dimension Drive's second Kickstarter

  • abigsmurf 05/06/2015

    I posted it on the last article on this and I'll post it here:

    Why is there any reason to believe it was a troll rather than someone having second thoughts, bank issues or someone desperate to get it kickstarted without thinking about what happens when a pledge is withdrawn?

    There is no reason to believe it was done with malicious intentions.

    Hanlon's Razor applies.
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  • H1Z1 dev unbanning cheaters who publicly apologise on YouTube

  • abigsmurf 20/05/2015

    Can see this backfiring real fast in a terrible way. Public humiliation coupled with a user base that will likely include a lot of vulnerable people makes for a bad combination.

    Only takes a teary apology from someone suffering from an autism spectrum disorder to make the company look terrible or for some 12 year old's apology to make it to the front page of Reddit (with the accompanying hell that comes with that kind of fame/infamy)
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  • Rich Stanton on: The Koj delusion

  • abigsmurf 16/05/2015

    I would have a lot more time for this 'debate' if a lot of writers would stop pretending that Kojima/the MG franchise only panders to pervy males.

    Raiden was specifically written in to appeal to female gamers. The character was created after Kojima got a letter from a female fan who said she didn't like playing as old men. Even his tight fitting clothes were done purely to appeal to the Fujioshi crowd.

    Given by the number of Raiden yaoi doujins, they were pretty successful.

    It's not like the Raiden fanservice is even subtle. It's hard to take a lot of writers seriously when they ignore such obvious counterpoints. They don't care about having a balanced view, they just care about pushing their bias' on the audience.
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  • Indie dev left devastated after troll ruins its Kickstarter

  • abigsmurf 14/05/2015

    @zzkj people do ill judged crap or make mistakes far more that they do something deliberately malicious.

    Assuming everything that goes wrong is a result of hate when it could be better explained by a bad decision or accident makes for a pretty terrible way to go through life.
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  • abigsmurf 14/05/2015

    Why does everything have to be a 'troll'?

    This could have been someone having second thoughts, someone (with a lack of foresight) who genuinely wanted to do anything to get this approved, some kid who used their parents CC, someone who actually used a stolen card, someone who wanted to make the €7K payment but his bank blocked the transaction.

    Hanlon's razor is something lost on most journalists nowadays. It's a shame as it helps make the world a much less hate filled place.
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  • Spider senseless: The plight of the arachnophobic video game player

  • abigsmurf 13/05/2015

    @melnificent Clowns you say?

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  • Nintendo 3DS exploit makes handheld region-free

  • abigsmurf 05/05/2015

    I knew holding onto that copy of Cubic Ninja after it became useless was a good idea. Just hope it doesn't get fixed in firmware or flag you up for a ban.

    I really loathe Nintendo's restrictive eshop so being able to play a physical copy of Lord of Magna is a big plus. Suspect that Stella Glow will also be eshop only in the EU (if we get it at all)
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  • Nintendo NX is "new hardware with a brand new concept"

  • abigsmurf 17/03/2015

    By not specifying a handheld or main console they risk hurting sales of both. Lots of people won't want to buy a console that's soon to be replaced.

    N3DS sized console with a 720p screen and better than Vita graphics would make me very happy though.
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  • Surprise! New Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Edition goes on sale

  • abigsmurf 06/01/2015

    @Ghibli If they didn't have enough units to do a full launch, it would hurt their sales. Fewer people would buy a 3DS if they knew a better model for around the same price was coming soon. Reply 0
  • abigsmurf 06/01/2015

    Got an email and ordered. Rare for me to get picked for this kind of thing and rarer still it happens when I can afford it.

    Potential criteria for why I was picked: owning and registering a 3DS, Wii and Wii U or having a load of points on club nintendo that slowly expired because there was nothing worth buying with them (grumble).
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  • Student-made Ukip parody game upsets Nigel Farage

  • abigsmurf 23/12/2014


    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • "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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