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  • Nintendo has announced Nintendo Labo, a bizarre new interactive cardboard toy line

  • abigsmurf 17/01/2018

    Spend hours making it and then you damage it the first time you use it. Assuming you didn't bend the cardboard accidentally when making it...

    $70 for the simple kit, $80 for the robot backpack. That stupid money for card templates and minigames.
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  • Black Friday deals for Monday 20th November

  • abigsmurf 20/11/2017

    $40 for Wonder Boy is insane. It's one of my favorite childhood games and the updated graphics and music are great but the game's only 4-5 hours long Reply +1
  • Detroit's latest trailer features Kara and domestic abuse

  • abigsmurf 30/10/2017

    There's a big flaw in a game that is supposed to pose the question of if AI beings are truely alive or not when you're the one making the decisions, you know you're alive so the 'debate' is moot.

    It's also a problem a lot of films have, even the latest blade runner suffers from it. As much as I enjoyed the film, you experience everything the main character experiences so there's never a doubt that he's alive. Only film I've seen which does genuinely do the debate justice is Ex Machina where you're never quite sure (to use a great phrase from the film) if she knows she's playing chess.
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  • Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan says toxic behaviour is slowing Overwatch development

  • abigsmurf 14/09/2017

    I don't really get why game companies don't make matchmaking live up to its namesake. It shouldn't just be about skill level.

    If players want to play with people swearing all the time let them. Don't ban people for simple swearwords or mocking them, lower their behaviour score which can mean they don't get matched up with people who behave well. Why ban players after they've been a dick to you when you could ensure you keep the well behaved, nice to play with people playing together with each other and immature people playing with each other?

    Let players put their age in and play with players their own age if they want. I don't especially want to hang around 13 year old strangers in real life, why should I be made to online?

    There are always things that should be bannable but too many companies go for overly broad banned word lists (often resulting in the Scunthorphe problem) and when they crack down on behavior too much you get the stupid 'GG EZ' bans or the bizarre bans Nintendo have handed out if you beat players too easily.
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  • Metroid: Samus Returns announced for 3DS

  • abigsmurf 13/06/2017

    Not sure why they didn't show this on the presentation, it's not like they were in danger of making the show too long.

    Excited for this, just hoping they tweak the map to make it a bit more structured like Super Metroid. The original was a bit of a confusing maze often having to guess where the water levels get lowered.
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  • Metroid Prime 4 in development for Nintendo Switch

  • abigsmurf 13/06/2017

    I kinda felt like I was watching a teaser for the real Nintendo direct instead of the actual one. 25 minutes long and the two biggest announcements were basically "yes we're making these games" Reply +12
  • Super Mario Odyssey launches October

  • abigsmurf 13/06/2017

    Hat mechanic looks infinitely more interesting now it seems you can use it on almost anything.

    Plus it looks like Pauline is confirmed as featuring.
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  • Nintendo Spotlight E3 2017 live report

  • abigsmurf 13/06/2017

    It's apparently only 30 minutes so I'm not sure we'll see a large amount. Reply 0
  • Sony's flat E3 conference shows signs of a mid-generation lull

  • abigsmurf 13/06/2017

    @SuperShinobi TLOU and God of War's narrative similarity is a whole lot more similar that just being 'emotive storytelling'; they're both about world weary, toughened parents who've deal with loss and hardship who learn to open up their hearts again thanks to a child, set in the backdrop of an extremely violent, dangerous world.

    God of War may have needed a refresh but the solution should have been to try something new, not the whole "game X was popular and well regarded, lets do what Game X did!".
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  • abigsmurf 13/06/2017

    @mrcheesyelf I think the problem I'm seeing, and why I've been left so unexcited by all but ~2 games so far is that it's starting to go just beyond games borrowing a few core gameplay mechanics.

    These games aren't only borrowing each others popular gameplay innovations any more, they're increasingly sharing other elements, Too many games want to be Uncharted and The Last of Us. We're getting the questionably interactive set pieces of the later uncharted games and the 'emotional' storytelling of TLOU way too often.

    On an individual game basis, those aren't bad things but there are too many franchises, sometimes with their own established themes and gameplay, moving towards these and it's draining my excitement for the medium. A lot of the elements these games are borrowing from were beginning to feel stale in their own franchises, let alone when they're copied in others.

    I get with God of War that they may have felt that after Ascension it was a bit stale but the solution to this isn't to take elements from TLOU. It just makes both franchises feel less fresh and you've the added side effect of alienating the people who were perfectly find with how God of War was before.
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  • abigsmurf 13/06/2017

    Sony's conference (and to a lesser extent, Ubisoft's) just gave me the impression that Doesn't matter what the franchise is, we're just playing the same few game templates with different skins.

    A series where you rip out the eyes of cyclops and rip off the head of gods in an agonisingly slow way isn't really a series where players want the tale of a complex relationship between a father and son.

    Spider-man? Has the potential to be amazing but there's a nagging feeling it's Arkham Asylum in New York with more QTE heavy set pieces.

    Days Gone... Is a game where I struggle to really identify the need for it to even exist. It's way too similar to TLOU, I'm not sure "but it has lots more zombies!" is a big enough of to differentiate it.
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  • Sony's Norse God of War reboot a handsome brute in new footage

  • abigsmurf 13/06/2017

    @Brainflowers It wasn't a core theme though, it was a 5 minute segment that showed Kratos being forced to give up on his happiness. Reply 0
  • abigsmurf 13/06/2017

    It's been a year since they revealed it and I'm still not really sold about them telling a touching father and son story involving the angriest man in gaming who rips eyes out of cyclops and beats people until the whole screen is covered in blood.

    Not every game has to be The Last of Us.
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  • The Evil Within 2 officially revealed

  • abigsmurf 12/06/2017

    Enjoyed the first one despite it having pretty big flaws.

    Hoping this time they cut down on the instant deaths and don't make the big twist fairly obvious in the first 5 minutes.
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  • Brothers director announces co-op prison break game A Way Out

  • abigsmurf 10/06/2017

    Looks really neat but being co-op only probably means I won't play this.

    My experience with story mode co-op in other games with strangers is that one player rushes through the content, tries to skip as many cutscenes as possible and generally prevents you from taking in the game.
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  • Xbox is close to being a brilliant games platform, but it needs games to get it there

  • abigsmurf 08/06/2017

    I'll be honest, it wouldn't be a terrible thing if publishers just completely ignored NeoGAF. It's a toxic community stuck in it's own bubble.

    Back onto the topic at hand. The Xbox doesn't get the niche Japanese titles and it seems that all MS exclusives will be coming onto PC anyway so there just isn't much of a justification for me to get hyped for the Scorpio.
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  • G2A rep roasted by developers during live Q&A

  • abigsmurf 20/04/2017

    Here's an idea, Valve could make every free review copy have a -not-for-resale suffix to the key. This would be trivial. It wouldn't be much more difficult to put in protections against stolen Credit cards.

    You'd eliminate review copy reselling almost overnight. Key selling sites would have no excuse to not block them, buyers would be able to instantly demand their money back or do a chargeback.

    But they won't do that. They don't want people to be able to sell their games at all, despite their legal entitlement to.

    You'd think Valve (and other download stores) of all companies would know that if you don't give people an easy, safe way of legitimately spending their money, they'll go the shady route. This was true of MP3s, of movies and of course, it was true of games before Steam.
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  • Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey departs Facebook

  • abigsmurf 31/03/2017

    @redcrayon Nope, a mod did a post promoting it. Then there was a massive backlash, the posts were deleted and the mod resigned. It absolutely did not have the backing of /r/The_Donald who saw it as a scam.

    So basically, you're wrong about who Nimble America is owned by. You're wrong about it being endorsed by /r/The_Donald and You have never seen anything by Nimble America, let alone anything racist.

    But of course you know for sure that they're a racist company producing racist material despite this.
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  • abigsmurf 31/03/2017

    @redcrayon but have you even ever seen any Nimble America pieces or are you just going by what has been said by other places?

    As far as I can tell, the only known attributed piece by them is a billboard with a cartoon of Clinton with the slogan "Too big to jail".
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  • abigsmurf 31/03/2017

    @redcrayon Ah yes, the whole "pepe is racist and you're racist if you use him" thing. Just repeating this over and over doesn't make it true.

    As for your second point. The DNC were pretty open about spreading hate themselves. Remember the whole "basket of deplorables" thing? You could really feel the love there! Not spreading hate towards a group of people at all!
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  • abigsmurf 31/03/2017

    @redcrayon So he's getting blackballed purely because the political humour was low quality/effort? Man, we're just a planet full of connoisseurs of political comedy aren't we?

    I remember people getting just as outraged over all the cringeworthy Obama memes that supported his presidency bid.

    Oh wait no, everyone celebrated those because they liked Obama. Could you imagine Trump having videos of women in bikinis singing their love to him and getting lots of positive articles about it?
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  • abigsmurf 31/03/2017

    He donated to an organisation supporting a politician that 40%+ of Americans voted and that's what's likely cost him his job. It's scary people are celebrating that here.

    What's the end game here? There's so much toxicity and a complete unwillingness to see why people voted Trump (no 40% of America isn't racist). You've articles here celebrating people getting punched, unprovoked, just because they held the wrong views, you've got groups that literally drive around in cars, looking for people they think might be Trump supporters in order to beat them up.

    It's all going to come to a head some point soon and it's not going to be pretty. This is the kind of situation that leads to civil wars.
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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.
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  • 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).
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  • 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