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  • Destiny 2 may not be giving you as much XP as you think it is

  • bad09 24/11/2017

    @Hoplite

    I wish people would stop defending some developers. They sign with these sharks knowing what will happen.
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  • bad09 24/11/2017

    Activision is not happy EA got cunt of the year and wants the title back.

    Why do people buy these things? It is so blatant what they do. "It's optional". Yeah right......
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  • LA Noire's Switch port tested: could the system handle GTA5?

  • bad09 24/11/2017

    @spamdangled

    4 of the topdown games in the last 20 years is not "GTA has been on Nintendo systems for years" :) You had versions of 1&2 in 1998 on the gameboy colour, GTA Advance 2001 on the GB Advance and Chinatown Wars on DS in 2005.

    You'll never see 3D GTA on Nintendo hardware, they never even bothered putting the old 3D ones on Nintendo consoles/handhelds. Though who knows whether that is down to Nintendo or Rockstar themselves not wanting to do it.
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  • "This game is a Star Wars-themed online casino designed to lure kids into spending money"

  • bad09 22/11/2017

    @Moz

    Just call it what it is though. There is a very real belief that in order to make games they need this crap going around in recent years and it's horseshit.

    This isn't what is needed to make games this is needed to appease billion dollar public companies and the shareholders there is a distinct difference.

    As I 've said before that is still not a justification. if the tripe of triple A can no longer profit enough by not exploiting customers maybe it is time they should all bugger off. These days "triple A" means very little outside of a big marketing budget anyway.
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  • bad09 22/11/2017

    @Moz

    Games don't "need" a price increase, shareholders do.

    MTs are and always have been about generating MORE profit. This myth about how these companies need to do "something" in order to survive is such a load of old tosh that people really need to stop believing, this isn't some bedroom coder or an indie with 5 staff. We are talking companies like EA, Take Two, Ubisoft, Warner, Activison.
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  • bad09 22/11/2017

    @Mrsyms

    No we'll be happy when we can protect vulnerable and gullible people who cannot see how exploited they are because they genuinely believe it's just about a couple of harmless optional lootboxes.....
    Reply +5
  • bad09 22/11/2017

    @CatWeazle

    Looks like they learned zilch from their Dungeon Keeper fiasco
    It's not that they never learn, this is how they want to operate to generate more profit from each customer so it's a constant push to go a bit further with every game. We always have always online or MT complaints and many games of theirs have failed over these things but they are a public company that in reality does not care about the consumer or the games other than the money they can earn so they try, try and try again. Sure it may get to a point where they need to pretend to be mr nice guy to climb out a bit but once the dust settles it's off to dream up more ways they can get us to bolster their shareholders profits.

    The utterly shocking pay2win state of Battlefront 2 and that NFS games is an attempt to get people to accept lootboxes. Go in high with stupid grind that breaks the games and hope to settle at a point you can still mug people off with lootboxes, they'll probably do it again if no laws are passed. Happily this time backfired given the brand strength and unfortunately for EA has highlighted how corrupt the practice is to mainstream media so they might not be able to try this one again :)
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  • bad09 22/11/2017

    @bobfish09

    One step at a time. Let's just keep the rot out of paid for games before tackling the cesspit of the mobile market :)
    Reply +5
  • bad09 22/11/2017

    @Simatron3000

    That's the point you don't have to buy directly with a credit or debit card because you can buy top ups and the actual game crystals in a shop. Little Johnny can literally gamble his pocket money away in Battlefront.

    On top of the outright exploitation of adults with the broken progression systems they've also used a brand that appeals massively to this young demographic who will likely be playing it.

    To be honest that is why this exploded the way it did in mainstream, Star Wars and the young go hand in hand.
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  • bad09 22/11/2017

    @Simatron3000

    They need mummy and daddy's cards but the crystals rubbish is also sold as "download cards" in stores to where kids can get around that (so helpful of EA....).

    Star Wars is a very child focused brand so that would always be part of the disgust at EA. Makes you wonder if Disney knew what they were doing or left them to it.
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  • bad09 22/11/2017

    @TwinStripeUK

    Well you are reading that from his statement but common sense tells you what that actually means.

    However, on a personal level I can't say an outright ban is something I would be against. It is gambling in videogames and I will never buy a game with them in so not actually bothered if they outright banned them myself.

    Personally it would actually be rather wonderful not to do the modern grind that is needed to facilitate these models and go back to fun games without caring about how the company is fiddling you :)
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  • bad09 22/11/2017

    @TwinStripeUK

    Ban is a broad word I suspect ban means not in games under a certain age rating. IF anything happening these types of games would be more in line with online adult gambling sites and not videogames that children might get access to.
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  • bad09 22/11/2017

    One thing for sure the rest of the suits won't be inviting EA to the Annual Evil Publisher Christmas Ball this year. EA really pissed in all their pools going so overboard on Battlestorefront :) Reply +5
  • bad09 22/11/2017

    @Ragnor

    To be honest it is sinking so low now it hard to disagree with the fact that at least some videogames are bad. Certainly there are games now my daughter simply will not have access to and these outright predatory tactics that have surfaced in recent years does need reeling in.

    It's the industry's bed, they made it how they did and they have to lay in it as far as I'm concerned so have no issue with government regulation of these companies who, no matter how much people bizarrely defend them, are currently out to fleece everyone of as much as they can.
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  • bad09 22/11/2017

    @Crackerjacker

    Tragic isn't it. That business models now overshadow the actual games says a lot about how poor the state of the industry is.

    Also, as someone noted on EG, also quite telling how damaged the trust level between gamers and games makers has become that we are happy governments are starting to think about regulation and even bans of certain types of videogame.
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  • bad09 22/11/2017

    @Ragnor

    They can't be trusted to regulate themselves so that leaves government intervention.
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  • bad09 22/11/2017

    "This game is a Star Wars-themed online casino designed to lure kids into spending money"


    I said in the forum it is sad they can't regulate themselves but it's the way they want to sell videogames so it needs regulation. Glad the wheels are starting to turn. Treat them like the gambling sites they use loopholes to emulate I say.

    Will be a massive win if EA lose their license over this to. We might start getting some good Star Wars games again! :)
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  • Call of Duty: WW2 dataminers discover mention of weapon supply drops

  • bad09 22/11/2017

    They'll driving the evil forces out of Belgium soon. :lol: Reply +5
  • Inside FIFA 18's Weekend League, the gruelling mode that's consuming players' lives

  • bad09 21/11/2017

    Well I wont judge i once did 14 hours on halo 3 over a weekend. It did actually RROD my 360 :)

    The mind boggles though just how much time some are now spending on games as the demand for your time came with games as services. I play titanfall most nights for a while and some at weekends. I think I play that too much but these guys are clocking the sames hours I have in that over a year in less than a month. Crazy.

    Even as someone who plays games all the time you do have to wonder if that is healthy.
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  • After Star Wars Battlefront 2, EA changes Need for Speed Payback loot crates, progression

  • bad09 20/11/2017

    Kinda related, certainly EA related this year the gits. Shoving the grind dial back a bit is not enough, don't buy these things folks.

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  • bad09 20/11/2017

    @julian384

    Same time everything else did :)
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  • bad09 20/11/2017

    @Eraysor

    I think it bombed, pretty terrible game I've heard....but then it is NFS :)
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  • bad09 20/11/2017

    "We've adjusted the grind because we got caught out this year but hope the whales will still buy our 39.99 packs in our full price games. Don't worry when the heat dies down we'll increase the grind so you can once again get that pride and achievement of grinding your life away in EA games so we can hunt for whales" Reply +92
  • Lucasfilm reacts to Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot crate controversy

  • bad09 20/11/2017

    @Bush_Killa-73

    To play devils advocate, EA turned them off to look at the business model. Of course they will just turn it on later on but the PR line right now is they are looking at making changes :)
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  • bad09 20/11/2017

    @GreyBeard

    Rogue One was OK.
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  • bad09 20/11/2017

    @Cobalt_Jackal

    Of course we don't know what line is true but the line about BF3 being nearly finished was a load of rubbish apparently, lots was still missing including game modes and AI it was supposedly mediocre to play to compared to the first 2 games. The 360 version was not working at all either.

    Free radical pulled a Colonial Marines from the sounds of it as they got held up by the delays to Haze (Heh, remember that turd!) which massively ate into BF3 development time and resources. FR constantly missed dates. As they missed date after date it was finally cancelled late 2008.

    According to the source Lucasarts were actually pretty gutted it all fell apart as they were really keen for BF to come into the 360/PS3 gen.
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  • bad09 20/11/2017

    @partTimeCrazy

    Depressing isn't it. 6 more years of EA crapping on Star Wars :(
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  • bad09 20/11/2017

    @partTimeCrazy

    When sentenced in 2013 it was a 10 year stretch for poor old Star Wars. 6 years is what's left before the chance of parole.
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  • bad09 20/11/2017

    @partTimeCrazy

    6 years :(

    Though if the rumours are true Disney can alter the deal further and pull out. They allegedly threatened to do that and that's why EA cut the money grubbing (for now) at such a late stage.
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  • bad09 20/11/2017

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  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 physical sales down 60% on Battlefront 1

  • bad09 20/11/2017

    @simpleexplodingmaybe

    Well the story about making a call turned out true, though it was their head of interactive media and not Bob Iger that called Wilson.

    If it is true I guess we can only hope EA fuck up the next game then. Seriously cannot wait until far better companies can have a crack and could do without waiting 6 years to get there :)
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  • bad09 20/11/2017

    @WhiteUmbrella

    in general downloads are increasing year on year. This particular game supposedly had a 30% increase over the first game.

    We don't how many sales that increase accounts for though and it's certainly not enough to explain the massive drop in physical sales like some are claiming.
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  • bad09 20/11/2017

    Don't know if true as it's a rumour but apparently Disney were so pissed with EA dragging the brand down with such negative PR they threatened to pull EAs exclusive deal. God if only it was true and Disney did do it, poor old Star Wars is stuck with EA drivel for 6 more years so Disney pulling out over damage to the brand would be the best situation we could hope for now.

    To be honest if I was Disney I'd be seriously annoyed at how EA have pissed away the license up until now. 4 years and a wealth of resources to do it and all they've done in those 4 years is take a crap on a great series once one of the best selling games based on the franchise. Twice. one rushed and so threadbare the 40 quid of DLC to complete the game was an insult and the other so insidiously corrupt in its business model it damaged the brand.
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  • bad09 20/11/2017

    @Mrsyms

    No the numbers won't add up similar, they apparently had a 30% increase in downloads numbers against the first game but that doesn't fill the gap in 61% lost physical sales.
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  • bad09 20/11/2017

    @Mundus

    They didn't remove them just turned them off temporarily in a bid to sucker as many launch sales as they could from the damage.

    The MTs will be turned on again, the games awful progression system is designed around MTs and with a 60% drop on physical I imagine the shameful whale exploitation is gonna be needed more than ever.
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  • bad09 20/11/2017

    60% down? That is brilliant! :)

    Message sent let's hope it's actually received by EA.
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  • How to fix Star Wars Battlefront 2

  • bad09 18/11/2017

    @pelican_

    You are beginning come across as someone expecting all content to be handed to them on a plate without any form of effort whatsoever.

    The balance was wrong, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with a player having to play a game to unlock something.

    Unlocking gear etc. is a cornerstone of gaming.

    The current time required to unlock the higher tier heroes is fine after the rebalance. The only ones who will experience any difficulty are those who are a bit shit at playing FPS.
    Well yes actually. Maybe you are quite a young gamer only experienced with the "progression systems" of modern videogames in the last decade but these systems of today are certainly not the corner of gaming itself just the cornerstone of the modern drivel because they found a way to "help" "busy" people when they artificilly added grind and loads of unlocks to evertyhing. ;)

    Certainly in a multiplayer game you should not really have it in good game design, even COD the game that arguably started this trend was relatively unaffecting to gameplay as perks were only used through skill. Doom, Quake, UT even the great Battlefront series EA and DICE are riding on the back of. None of these greats had longwinded unlock this and that and menus and little bank balances to save up just so your classes, heroes, firepower, shields etc are on EQUAL footing.

    This game is broken, all the videos say it, the beta said it, the reviews say it, most of the fucking players now are saying it. It's a dud and the very small number actually trying to defend this trainwreck are wrong. EA can't fix this game, they built a game around a business model and it blew up in their face. That is really why everyone is so annoyed and it even hit mainstream media. They went too far and released a amazingly flawed uneven game because they were blinded by greed.
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  • bad09 17/11/2017

    @freethinker101

    40 hours for ONE hero. GAMEPLAY.

    Here's a hint. I have 4 days 7 hours on the silly colours and regen colours on Titanfall 2 (online done right). Over a year.

    Add on grinding for star card perks, all those "buffs" just to get LEVEL in terms of troops, heroes and vehicles and before actual skill.

    Games is a turd. Dead. Shit before you even get to the actual game.
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  • bad09 17/11/2017

    @bfar

    And as for Starwars, this isn't a patch on the xwing / tie fighter series, or KotOR for depth and immersion in that universe.
    That's the saddest part isn't it. Make no mistake Lucasarts were the same by the end but when you think of the gold this franchise has provided in the past it's a fucking crime what they do with it these days. :(
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  • bad09 17/11/2017

    Hey! I think I found a way to fix Battlestorefront 2!

    https://www.gog.com/game/star_wars_battlefront_ii
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  • bad09 17/11/2017

    Let's not pretend EA turning off the in game fleecing fixes the problems with this game. The progression system is ultimately broken because they wanted people buying loot boxes and the system is built around that.

    The only serious way to fix it is get rid of the awful star cards which they can't because the game is out now and of course the storefront is going to be turned back on.

    It's a dud they cannot fix this in any meaningful way because they already made the game how it is tweaking the grind won't help.
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  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot boxes investigated by Belgian Gaming Commission

  • bad09 17/11/2017

    @GreyBeard

    All this anger is based on hearsay and conjecture alone as the game hasn't even come out yet.
    If you took your head out of the industry's arse you'd know that is really not true. We've all known since the beta and the games has been out all week for those mugs that forked out on the deluxe version.

    We all know exactly how it works....hence the anger :)
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  • bad09 16/11/2017

    @ooombasa

    I dunno, I understand it and even get caught up in it myself sometimes.

    Admittedly defending predatory business models or shitty behaviour of companies just because you like the company or game involved is quite ridiculous but I guess still understandable.

    But do remember, all is not to be taken as gospel on the internet. I geniunely wish I was paranoid but many cases have been outed :(
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  • bad09 16/11/2017

    @ooombasa

    Well for a start remember the internet is anonymous, not every one is a consumer happy to be fucked up the arse by companies. Tragic but true ;)

    In terms of the real stockholm syndrome lot, gaming is a strange hobby. It connects on a quite emotional level, there's a romance that was real back in the beginning with the bedroom coders. Much like pop stars we love them, we don't cry when we see a developer live but many of us grow a real "bond" with the peddlers of our favourite commercial entertainment products, we pay these companies to entertain us and love them for doing it.

    Since companies went public and the internet opened the door for companies to go wild west on leveraging profit out of us any way they can as they find new ways to do it it's been a constant struggle against these pretty awful practices and even today some don't want to believe their bestest dev is leveraging as much cash out of them or more gulible users for profit. Look at something like the vapourware of Star citizen, they actually argue with you over it even though Roberts is laughing at them even if he does actually produce something resembling a finished game.

    Gaming is emotionally connected for so many of us (me too in all honesty that's why the hole the "triple A" lot have been digging for nearly a decade still angers me).
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  • bad09 16/11/2017

    @tarasis

    Of course they consulted the team of lawyers. This "it's not gambling" is a loophole in current rules. It is gambling but technically it isn't. Gambling law never accounted for videogames to sink to this level and needs to catch up which is slowly happening.
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  • bad09 16/11/2017

    @ooombasa

    Oh I know but 20 quid a year is a lot less than buying them upfront and right now that's acceptable to me I can't bring myself to pay 40 quid for their storefront crap anymore (much like most of them) and it does give me the chance to see if they throw out anything worthwhile, they occasionly throw out good stuff even if that is getting less and less. You can also pickup all their shitty DLC crap on the cheap on games you already owned to.

    I'm still happy with that arrangement this year. Once we get the bad news on TF3: Revenge of the P2W lootbox hell it's gone though so hope they announce how they will kill it before the renewal is due :)
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  • FIFA players react to EA's dramatic Star Wars Battlefront 2 microtransactions U-turn

  • bad09 17/11/2017

    320 quid. On FIFA. Jesus what happened to people?

    Anyway go get 'em FIFA players let the kickback continue if you are unhappy about it. Don't buy the next game though people!
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  • EA has switched off Star Wars Battlefront 2's microtransactions

  • bad09 17/11/2017

    I dunno. Game's drawn out progression is still tied to the model. Theres still issues built into the game for the designed business model.

    They will probably come back on anyway they are just a little skittish as news is going mainstream news and to investors.
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  • DICE fails to quell Star Wars Battlefront 2 controversy in reddit AMA

  • bad09 16/11/2017

    @frazzl

    ALL marketing and PR is pretense I'm afraid....
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  • bad09 16/11/2017

    @frazzl

    Hard truth is, in general, gaming media is more about a promotion and marketing platform than consumer awareness and protection. Always has been.
    Reply +5