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  • SSX slides into your Xbox One's backwards compatibility

  • abigsmurf 27/05/2016

    Reads the heading
    reads sub-heading

    Hopes raised then dashed in just two lines.
    Reply +5
  • Former Valve employee is suing the company for $3.1m

  • abigsmurf 25/05/2016

    Given these are all allegations there hasn't even been evidence put forward yet, let alone a verdict, it's pretty lousy to post the full name of the supervisor involved in the case. Reply +1
  • A look inside Mass Effect's theme park ride

  • abigsmurf 18/05/2016

    Nit Picking but Star Tours is an enclosed simulator, not a 4D ride. Also wouldn't call Great America a small attraction, it's a reasonable sized theme park (even if it isn't as famous as Disney or Universal)

    Looks like this ride uses the same theatre from the James Bond ride that was there when I visited with individual moving seats in front of a big screen.
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  • Blizzard, Twitch plan to act on abuse in livestream chat

  • abigsmurf 18/05/2016

    The twitch developers wouldn't dream of letting users post unfiltered/unescaped javascript or SQL. Social media need to treat invasions with the same seriousness as they treat injection or XSS

    If people discover your platform is weak, it will get exploited, whether they steal passwords, spam adverts or just try to ruin your event/content. Platforms need to take more responsibility over how they handle abuse and accept they're at fault for letting it get out of control.

    If your password is stolen because a website got hacked, could you imagine if the site released a statement saying "We're starting an education program telling hackers how stealing password is wrong and working with the community to highlight it"?

    The people posting crap don't need education, they know what they're doing is wrong. They're doing it specifically because it's wrong and annoys/hurts people and because it's easy for them.
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  • Fan snaps up internet address spotted in Uncharted 4

  • abigsmurf 16/05/2016

    Kinda spoils the surprise announcing that you're going to do an Easter egg for it. Reply +8
  • Battlefield announced live: watch here

  • abigsmurf 06/05/2016

    Presumably half the gameplay involves repeatedly getting that cloak untangled from barbed wire. Reply +13
  • Total War: Warhammer dev backtracks over controversial Chaos Warriors DLC

  • abigsmurf 29/04/2016

    Kudos for doing this.

    Shame they don't make it permanently free but if you don't buy it in the first week, you'll probably be fine waiting for the Steam Sale anyway.
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  • Alicia Vikander will play Lara Croft in next Tomb Raider film

  • abigsmurf 29/04/2016

    @Thetick She doesn't exactly need to have an MMA fighter's physique but she needs to look like someone who could pull herself up a cliff face and draw a bow with enough strength to shoot someone with it.

    Her parents were adventurers and she was preparing for a demanding expedition so she would at least have a mid level of fitness.
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  • abigsmurf 29/04/2016

    Her being an Oscar winner is a bit irrelevant really there isn't a great record of Oscar winners following up a with with a big budget action film: Charlize Theron did Aeon Flux after winning an Oscar, Halle Berry did Catwoman after winning an Oscar.

    I'd much rather have someone who has never won an award but actually has a physique which suggests that she could scale a cliff face. Bruce Willis or Harrison Ford aren't Oscar winners but they're great action film stars who looked the part in iconic roles.

    You wouldn't cast Eddie Redmayne as Indiana Jones in the next film (heck Shia Labeouf got enough criticism just playing his son) , it's strange to me that people are so accepting of incredibly slight actresses who look like they'd lose in an arm wrestling match to a 10 year old, getting cast as physically tough action heroes.
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  • This Doom easter egg is a blast from the past

  • abigsmurf 28/04/2016

    How many times has this sort of Easter Egg been done now? It's kinda lost its novelty and has become a bit of an expected feature. Reply -13
  • Revealed: Dark Souls 3's special treat for series veterans

  • abigsmurf 27/04/2016

    It's not much of a reveal for anyone playing this as you're forced to play through this area to complete the game...

    Got to love the troll of them seemingly going out of their way to make sure the dreaded archers return (although they made them more forgiving this time). If only Gwynevere had returned (given the lack of hints at her fate, unlike the other Anor Londo NPCs, it seems to confirm that she was only an illusion after all).
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  • Nintendo fans can cheer themselves with an excellent Wii U, 3DS Humble Bundle

  • abigsmurf 27/04/2016

    Wasn't this blocked for everyone but people in the US last time they did this? Reply +1
  • Nintendo's NX console launches March 2017 globally

  • abigsmurf 27/04/2016

    They're going to focus on the Wii U version of the Zelda and not talk about the NX?

    Frankly that's not what the majority of people will want to see. They want to see the enhanced version for a brand new console that is apparently being released at roughly the same time. It's going to kill a lot of hype for the game only showing the 'lesser' version.
    Reply +13
  • Cliff Bleszinski's return to video games

  • abigsmurf 27/04/2016

    I always find it strange that for some reason people from South and East Asia are basically considered white when it comes to people talking about the lack of diversity in tech industries.

    He highlights DOA Volleyball but that actually has a more diverse cast than most games with only a small minority of the characters (2?) being white.
    Reply +34
  • John Romero and Adrian Carmack go to Kickstarter with new FPS Blackroom

  • abigsmurf 25/04/2016

    Moderately hyped, been itching for a more traditional shooter and I'm not convinced Doom is going to fully scratch it.

    Have to wonder why they need kickstarter. They're two famous names who could get publishers interested without crowdfunding and the fact that publishers seem to be standing by anyway means they won't have the freedom of being solely Kickstarter funded.
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  • Tales of Berseria confirmed for Europe in spring 2017

  • abigsmurf 25/04/2016

    "She's definitely not a typical anime 'happy schoolgirl character'."
    As much as I love the Tales series, the suggestion that the series will ever have main characters that aren't standard anime archetypes makes me laugh.

    Next they'll say that you don't defeat the main bad guy through a combination of willpower and the power of friendship this time.
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  • YouPorn-sponsored esports team banned from ESL

  • abigsmurf 25/04/2016

    They apparently even changed the rules to make sure they could ban them.

    We can't have people think about people's naughty bits whilst they watch them shoot each other in the head.
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  • Metroid Prime: Federation Force to roll up in September

  • abigsmurf 21/04/2016

    @MoGamer2006 How dare these 'manchildren' express dislike of something, how entitled must they be to think they can have an opinion!

    People are especially annoyed because having key staff for the series spending their time making an uninspired looking spin-off means they're not spending that time making a main line game.
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  • Smite streamer leaves Hi-Rez after controversial comments about suicide

  • abigsmurf 20/04/2016

    Just to check, in this case it's good that someone has been forced out of their job by angry social media responses to distasteful views they've put across right? Reply 0
  • Surprise! Battlezone 98 Redux is out now

  • abigsmurf 18/04/2016

    I remember this being incredibly fun when it was originally release, wonder if it still holds up.

    Was fun using the sniper rifle to headshot a pilot and then stealing their vehicle
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  • Dark Souls 3 launch sales up 61 per cent over Dark Souls 2 in UK

  • abigsmurf 18/04/2016

    Please fix the bonfire crashing bug, even with a full helmet and lighting on low I still have a 30% chance of the game crashing after dying.

    I'm also hoping that they re-balance/fix armour. It's a bit silly that you're actually better off wearing cloth 'armour' and putting points into endurance than wearing heavy armour. From Software don't tend to adjust that kind of thing much though.
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  • Dark Souls 3 guide

  • abigsmurf 12/04/2016

    Anyone else notice that the game seems to be really buggy in offline mode?

    Last night was pretty frustrating, 3 crashes (all in, or coming back from offline mode, one crash was in the character creator) and 5-6 disconnects (kinda understandable given the likely traffic).

    One of the worst things was disconnects chucking me back to the title screen... Then I when I rejoined I was back at the bonfire and had lost all my souls (seems to happen if you disconnect when trying to fetch dropped souls.

    stability woes aside, enjoyed it,looks great, runs much more smoothly than I was expecting too.
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  • New Fear Effect announced

  • abigsmurf 07/04/2016

    Aside from the name and character designs, this doesn't seem to have much to do at all with the original games, not sure of the value of resurrecting it this way. Reply +4
  • Baldur's Gate: SoD head of studio addresses political backlash

  • abigsmurf 07/04/2016

    The lesson here is that terrible writing is terrible writing, if you shoehorn in terrible writing to highlight a social issue, you just make that stick out like a sore thumb.

    When the writing inevitably gets highlighted and derided you don't then call customers/potential customers names and get media outlets to back you up join in on the name calling. If so many gamers were so violently against gay/bi/trans characters featuring in games at all, The Witcher series wouldn't be so widely regarded, heck even the original Baldurs gate games had gay characters and went into gender politics.

    When you have terribly written, shoehorned moments that seem only to project a writers personal politics onto the player and do nothing to enrich the plot or setting, it's going to rub people the wrong way. It's made worse when you then read statements from the writers saying how they're going to 'fix' established characters, originally written by someone else, that veteran players look fondly upon.
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  • Sony hasn't forgotten about the Vita just yet

  • abigsmurf 06/04/2016

    The Vita is still surprisingly active the games are very niche but I'm interest in enough of them for me to have built up a backlog.

    There a new Atelier recently announced which I'm looking forward to.

    I trust we can expect a review of Gal Gun 2 from Eurogamer!
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  • New Baldur's Gate expansion Siege of Dragonspear off to a rough start

  • abigsmurf 05/04/2016

    The problem is not with including gay or trans characters, it's writing them in such a terrible way where their only personality trait is their identity/preference/status. You're not talking to a person in the universe the game is set in , you're being lectured to directly by the developer.

    Why would a complete stranger suddenly go into great deal about this to someone they just met? Why, in a universe where changing your sex is as easy as putting on a girdle or having a wizard cast a spell, is it even something noteworthy?

    You've then the awkward thing of, in a game where you're free to play a noble warrior or an evil bastard, you can only respond positively.

    NPC: Hello, my name is beoaplesorn, you may think this is an unusual name but in truth from my childhood it was clear that my birth name of beaoplenor was not a true reflection of who I was and (*continues on for several paragraphs*)

    Dark Lord Gutrencher, flayer of skin and feaster of infants: That was very brave of you, thank you for sharing. Now, could I buy 10 fire arrows?
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  • Nintendo fires marketer after sustained online hate campaign

  • abigsmurf 31/03/2016

    If you're a PR rep for a company that goes out of its way to have a family friendly image, it's not exactly a good idea to do modelling in skimpy underwear at the same time.

    Add in the fact she was posing with Nintendo products in some of the pics and it moves towards 'career suicide' territory.

    She was always going to lose her job when these pics became company knowledge.
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  • Final Fantasy 15 release date leaked

  • abigsmurf 30/03/2016

    So is this demo part of the game or something created just for a demo? Reply +1
  • Blizzard to remove Overwatch pose accused of reducing Tracer to “another bland female sex symbol”

  • abigsmurf 29/03/2016

    It's a playful pose, more cute than it is sexy and a bunch of the characters of both sexes have over the shoulder pose.

    Sends a weird message that female characters can only be either pure nuns or extremely sexually forward with nothing in between allowed. I don't like the idea that character designs need to be vetted by the court of public morality to see if they are ok to be in the final game.
    Reply +51
  • Fallout 4 Season Pass currently free on UK PlayStation Store

  • abigsmurf 18/03/2016

    @smelltheglove Another more common example is banking errors.

    If a bank deposits 10000 into your account by accident and you spend it quickly hoping to spend it all before they notice the mistake, you're going to be appearing in front of a judge in the future.

    Fraud law prevents you from taking advantage of a mistake or flaw in 'bad faith'.
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  • abigsmurf 18/03/2016


    "I think it's too expensive therefore I deserve it for free"?
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  • abigsmurf 18/03/2016

    @TeaFiend That's a worse analogy. That example involves you highlighting an unspotted error and getting the ok.

    With an automated process you are not highlighting the error and not getting the explicit approval that it's ok.

    If you take advantage of a very obvious pricing mistake in bad faith, you fall foul of fraud laws. It's rare that people get prosecuted for this but it does happen.

    Tescos have prosecuted for people abusing flawed coupon validation processes. Banks often threaten prosecution to people who don't return cash from "ATM spits out free money" stories.

    Rule of thumb is that if you feel you're taking advantage of someone and getting something for free that you shouldn't be, and you make no effort to find out otherwise, it's fraud.
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  • My Nintendo reward scheme free game downloads and discounts revealed

  • abigsmurf 17/03/2016

    5 full price games to get a budget priced game is pretty decent.

    Two big questions are if the points expire and if you have to fill out an irrirating questionaire everytime you redeem.
    Reply +23
  • Star Fox Zero adds invincible mode for beginners, internet reacts

  • abigsmurf 14/03/2016


    Tie Fighter did indeed offer an invincibility option accessible from the options bit it's a bit disingenuous to say this is the same as what is implemented here.

    In Tie Fighter, it just lowered the difficulty, it didn't eliminate all challenge as a significant portion of the missions had objectives you could fail even if you didn't die (like escort missions).

    The base game was also much more complex , being a full space sim rather than an on-rails affair with simple controls.
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  • abigsmurf 14/03/2016

    I don't mind super easy modes. One of the strengths of the Lego series is that death in it affects nothing but your score (and pride) so it's super accessible to even the most novice of gamers.

    I just wish that Nintendo's approach wasn't so simple and patronising. "You've died 5 times on this level, looks like you need an item to skip it" in the Mario games is an approach that annoys most people. Rather than skipping the level, most people I know would rather you simply respawn next to the jump you failed so they can give it another go.

    Likewise why not instantly spawn another ship if you die, halving your score? If they complete the level without dying, it then feels like an acheivement, moreso than going through the level with a health-bar stuck at full.

    Better to let players keep trying at bits they may find difficult than to just give them a free ride.
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  • A celebration of Lionhead's finest games

  • abigsmurf 10/03/2016

    "The reason his best work came at Bullfrog and Lionhead is that in these two environments Molyneux was surrounded by extremely talented programmers, and so regardless of what he said the games were ultimately good."
    I take massive issue with this statement. For one thing, by extension is implies that the reason more recent Lionhead games weren't as well received is because the programmers involved weren't very good.

    The best coder in the world can't salvage a terribly designed game, there are plenty of extremely talented developers who are working on crap licence games.

    You can see the running themes and ideas from Dungeon Keeper to B&W to Fable that show an evolution of design concepts. Concepts of morality in game (and later on morality choices directly affecting the game), the idea that your cursor isn't just some abstract way interacting with a world but your physical representation with which you can pick things up, hit people, cast spells etc.

    Whether or not he delivered on all his promises (particularly in his latest games), from Populous to Fable, Molyneux delivered a steady stream of innovative games (inventing an entire genre in the process) and it did so at the head of too many different development teams composed of different people to simply be able to dismiss it as 'oh, it was only because his coders were talented'
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  • Valve fires Dota2 commentator, Gabe Newell calls him "an ass"

  • abigsmurf 27/02/2016

    @Davemanz The laws in place about what you can and can't do to an employee who's terminated are in place for a very good reason.

    While it may not seem as bad doing it to a pottymouthed e-celeb, the next person could be an overworked $30,000 a year junior developer who has had his career ruiined because every time you google his name, you get one of the most famouse people in the games industry telling everyone what a terrible worker he is. What's worse, there's the possibility that if you're badmouthed by a famous person in this way, it isn't because you were especially bad at your job, it's because that person just held a grudge against you.
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  • abigsmurf 27/02/2016

    Hire someone known to be crude, fire him when you confirm that yes, he's crude?

    That said, there's a bit of karma in that the same HR department who made the mistake of hiring someone inappropriate for the type of show they wanted now have the fun legal troubles that come with their boss publicly badmouthing an employee that just got sacked.
    Reply +4
  • Bravely Second review

  • abigsmurf 19/02/2016

    @barren_sky The original had micro-transations and they were optional and were just there as lifelines.

    They weren't quite cheats but they were powerful and they were generally emergency use only. There were things like stopping time for a short bit during battle.

    As you'd get the currency for these through general playing of the game and the game didn't seem to be balanced around using them, it didn't negatively impact the game.
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  • Watch: What's going on with Chun-Li's ridiculous boob physics?

  • abigsmurf 16/02/2016

    Isn't this a really old known issue?

    I'm sure I read about this a long time ago and it was a bug relating to the physics for player 2?
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  • Fire Emblem Fates face-petting mini-game removed for Western launch

  • abigsmurf 16/02/2016

    @ZoidbergForPresident Going from a pat on the head to rape is a pretty big jump.

    Frankly I don't want everything to be diced up in order to meet the 'norm' I want games to push in every direction so much that you'd even struggle to define a 'norm'

    Aside from that, the most popular TV series around at the moment portrays torture, genital mutilation, rape, incest, flaying and just generally unpleasant stuff. Game of Thrones continually pushes boundaries and it's one of the best things on TV because of it.

    Whilst Game of Thrones goes to new extremes, gaming it seems is being pushed by its so called proponents towards a safe, unchallenging homogenised, non-threatening median that's stifling the range of stories that can be told.
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  • abigsmurf 16/02/2016

    @WinterSnowblind Telling a story and seeing characters build up a relationship as they fall in love is a drama.

    Pressing buttons to simulate killing for fun is...

    You can frame it all you want but the core of the game involves being the best as killing you can be and people don't blink an eye at this. Why are the tamest of the tame physical actions involving falling in love so bad?
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  • abigsmurf 16/02/2016

    @ZoidbergForPresident It's a weird universe where a game where you pat someone on the head is considered disturbing whilst the part of the game that involves killing thousands of people is just fine. Reply +11
  • abigsmurf 16/02/2016


    No, it's censorship.

    Stephen Universe recently cut out a scene involving two women dancing for the UK version because they were worried about depicting gay characters on a children's show here.

    Is that 'just' localisation as well?


    Feel free to actually refute this point rather than just clicking on the downvote button because it's an inconvenient point.
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  • Layers of Fear review

  • abigsmurf 15/02/2016

    I've been looking forward to this as I've heard it's pretty creative in its scares.

    I actually don't mind that 'deaths' are only minor issues that prevent you from 100%ing the game. I've gotten tired of instant death horror games, and Soma's tedious stealth sections actually irritated me more than scared me, to the point of actually dropping the game.
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  • How do our gaming habits change as we grow up?

  • abigsmurf 11/02/2016

    @SheffAl Gaming was definitely present before 1983 but the numbers of people playing grew massively with the 8bit era. The NES sold over twice as much as the Atari 2600 did for example. Reply 0
  • abigsmurf 11/02/2016

    There's an inherent problem with this study in that once you start getting past 40 or so, you're getting to people who were more likely not to be gamers when they were kids because they were born in the days before gaming started becoming more common and mainstream.

    The graph for example starts flattening out when you get to people born before the release of the NES.

    Someone gaming all their lives seems like they'd be much more likely to stick with gaming than someone who only started gaming late childhood or later. Likewise, the younger you are, the more of your life you'll have spent in an era of online competitive play.

    tldr: the study could be more an indication of which era you were born in rather than what happens as you age.
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  • "It was tempting to retire…"

  • abigsmurf 03/02/2016


    You're missing out if you've never played Dungeon Keeper, believe it's on GoG, still holds up pretty well (low resolution sprites aside).
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  • Lego Marvel's Avengers review

  • abigsmurf 29/01/2016

    @VotesForCows the gameplay is very simple, not requiring much skill with the pad and the fact you've unlimited lives as standard makes Lego games great 'starter' games.

    Most violence from the source material is replaced with slapstick so that's fine for younger children.

    Only issue for a 4 year old is that they require a bit of reading for the puzzle hints. That can be remedied by talking them through the puzzles though.
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  • Fire Emblem: Fates controversial scene changed for Western launch

  • abigsmurf 21/01/2016

    @cowell How is that ironic in any way?

    There is an important difference between "I don't like what you said" and "you shouldn't be able to say what you said"
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