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  • Anita Sarkeesian brings Tropes vs. Women in Video Games to a close

  • blarty 28/04/2017

    @arcam Yeah It's just something that stuck with me for a long time.
    I've found it a good point of reference for people who want to have their position considered but are themselves very wary of open, (and more importantly, constructive) debate
    Reply +1
  • blarty 28/04/2017

    Every so often I'm reminded of something my English teacher wrote on a blackboard many years ago:

    "A critic, who acts as though their critique is constructed in such a way as to be implicitly beyond criticism, is no critic; they're someone with an axe to grind"
    Reply +12
  • blarty 28/04/2017

    Mm-hmm.... shadow banning... so classy. Reply +8
  • blarty 28/04/2017

    Putting the entire ideological standpoint aside, given that plenty was made of them obtaining over 26 times their initial funding request, the fact that it took nearly 5 years to complete the episodes is ridiculous (I believe, although I may be wrong that the completion date is itself about 4 years overdue).

    I don't think any other kickstarter funded project, especially one so over-funded as Tropes, has ever been given such a free pass by both the subject matter's enthusiast press and latterly, the mainstream press, whilst blatantly ignoring the apparent inability of the funded persons to complete their stated aims within their stated timescales.

    This snaps stunningly into focus when you see that a different web series was also funded on a second crowd-funding site, and still the first was massively overdue, and the organisers thoughout the past 5 years consistently requested and received more and more funding and patronage from the public and the tech industry.

    I presume at some point the team behind Tropes will eventually get around to fulfilling all the DVD copies to the project backers, let's hope that doesn't take years to complete as well.... but I have small hope that it will happen.
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  • Looks like Double Fine's Broken Age will finally launch for Xbox One

  • blarty 25/04/2017

    It's about Tim.
    Yeeaaaah, it kinda always is....

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  • Why are games so fascinated with cannibalism?

  • blarty 22/04/2017

    Because Pop (Culture) Will Eat Itself Reply +3
  • The YouTuber who mastered the creative kill

  • blarty 21/04/2017

    Please be careful not to 'big up' another YouTuber; after all, you'll just have to tear them down in a few years when you think they've become too big for their boots..... Reply +5
  • Snooker star says he's a recovering video game addict

  • blarty 21/04/2017

    Do you know what's really addictive? Dopamine.

    And when you work out what that is, you'll realise that video games aren't really the problem....
    Reply +3
  • Twitch announces premium subscription models

  • blarty 19/04/2017

    And the exodus thus begins.

    After Youtube has seemingly arsed up monetisation across a huge breadth of channels, videos and content ..... I guess there's hitbox and Beam left.....
    Reply +2
  • We watched a Scorpio console get put together

  • blarty 16/04/2017

    I very much doubt that EG is 'being paid' to do Scorpio articles - having access to this level of engineering information this far from release is unprecedented, and is probably been seen by MS as a way of trying to garner good will (that it burned through at such speed with the Xbox One reveal) rather than keep to the land of secrecy bullshit that was prevalent during the Mattrick years - although it has to be said that MS is becoming more open across the board with things like the Windows Insider program. Reply +7
  • Inside the Scorpio Engine: the processor architecture deep dive

  • blarty 15/04/2017

    Contrary to Sonys opinion, 4k Bluray is a thing and im very interested in it
    You're correct, but with one very significant caveat - UHD means nothing for gaming in these mid-generation refreshes, whether it's in the Pro or the Scorpio - games will still be shipped on std Blu-ray capacity discs, with multi-gb Scorpio/Pro only patches if 4K textures don't fit.
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  • Here's a first look at Xbox One Scorpio's superpowered dev kit

  • blarty 12/04/2017

    @Binba442 The point is that the extra power provides 4k gaming with less compromise than the PS4 pro (That's not dissing the pro [ I've got one, and I'm quite happy with it], just the fact that that's how its turned out).

    When you see Bethesda bringing out a HiRes texture pack weighing in at 58 Gb, then you realise the greater requirements that 4k demands, not just in terms of FPS or frame buffer size, but also with regards to Image Quality
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  • Leaked Star Wars Battlefront 2 trailer reveals prequel and sequel trilogy characters

  • blarty 12/04/2017

    "Ben! Why didn't you tell me? You told me that pre-ordering betrayed and murdered my father."

    "Your father... was seduced by the Dark Side of the Gaming Industry. He ceased to be the Jedi Savvy Purchaser and "became" ..... a Pre-orderer. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed. So, what I told you was true... from a certain point of view."
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  • Elite Dangerous patch notes accidentally references horrific United Airlines incident

  • blarty 12/04/2017

    Ooh edgy. Reply -28
  • Project Scorpio supports FreeSync and next-gen HDMI

  • blarty 11/04/2017

    If they could get Scorpio to support 21:9 aspect ratio and have a displayport output I'd be very happy... Reply 0
  • Mass Effect Andromeda concept art shows early, abandoned alien designs

  • blarty 11/04/2017

    There's plenty more over on Kotaku.
    No, you're alright, we're good.
    Reply +36
  • PewDiePie launches weekly Twitch show, as advertisers back away from YouTube

  • blarty 10/04/2017

    Soon enough we'll see an increasingly desperate Old Media, as their profits keep going into freefall, rail against Google, through attacking its monetisation strategy, in an attempt to profit themselves
    or regain control of advertising revenue streams.

    You think this about being offensive, or a moral high ground? No, thats just a convenient vector - it's just about money.
    Reply +5
  • Scorpio made simple: the next Xbox's tech explained

  • blarty 06/04/2017

    Scorpio made simple: the next Xbox's tech explained
    Reply +5
  • blarty 06/04/2017

    I shall be quite happy to part with cash for this day one - I did for the PS4 pro, and I don't regret it.
    I have little to no use for the UHD drive, but it's there if needed. The only issue, of course, is price, but if it can deliver then it's worth it.

    Looking forward to E3 now.
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  • Mass Effect Andromeda and the quest for great facial animation

  • blarty 29/03/2017

    @DrStrangelove Perhaps, but ME3 wasn't riddled with the awkward staccato pauses that ME:A is Reply +9
  • blarty 29/03/2017

    5 years, at least 100 staff and millions of dollars spent..... should the facial animation or dialogue, for example, have been at least on par with Mass Effect 3?
    Yes. Yes, it should.

    Is it?
    No. No, it isn't.

    And sharper focus on this issue should be given considering how Dragon Age: Inquisition had no such issues (or at least nothing of the magnitude that ME:A has) and that was released over 2 years ago.

    This might seem a tad harsh but questions need to be asked of Bioware, not apologies given on behalf of Bioware.
    Reply +59
  • Introducing the Eurogamer Discord server

  • blarty 28/03/2017

    But... but... according to Buzzfeed, Discord is 'a buzzed-about group chat platform for gamers. And like its predecessors Twitter and Reddit, it's become a hangout for trolls and white nationalists.'

    Sorry, I tried... but I just couldn't hold it together once I read back the words 'according to Buzzfeed'..... the satirical quota was just too much..... you can go about your business
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  • Mass Effect Andromeda players want a mute button for its chatty AI

  • blarty 27/03/2017

    To be honest I'm surprised we've not yet had an opinion from NeoGAF about SAM sounding too much like a white colonialist and how the voice both being male and interrupting female Ryder is yet another example of male patriarchal oppression in the field of AI.....clearly too much SAMsplaining going on Reply +12
  • Fake news! Did Final Fantasy 15's reworked Chapter 13 just get political?

  • blarty 27/03/2017

    Oooh, a pointless update that will have no meaning in a few years time.

    Oh the humanity.
    Reply -1
  • How to actually enjoy Mass Effect: Andromeda

  • blarty 23/03/2017

    How to actually enjoy Mass Effect: Andromeda
    Wait for it to be patched into a reasonable game over the next few months and THEN play it?
    Reply +4
  • Wonder Boy 3 remake introduces new playable lead: Wonder Girl

  • blarty 23/03/2017

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  • Boo! Ghostbusters game suddenly releases for PlayStation VR

  • blarty 22/03/2017

    Important question not answered: Is this game set in the timeline of good Ghostbusters or incredibly shite Ghostbusters? Reply +13
  • Microsoft reveals fancy new Xbox One controller

  • blarty 22/03/2017

    Still nowhere near as good as the Elite controller Reply +1
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda review

  • blarty 20/03/2017

    I can imagine why a number of senior developers and level designers have left Bioware over the last few years : Frostbite.

    ME 2 and 3 were built on Unreal Engine, an engine that is used by multiple development houses and publishers because it is licensed. The move to Frostbite effectively created not only an engine locking across multiple departments but an employer one as well - Frostbite is hardly used at all outside EA.

    I think many senior devs and designers would not tie their careers to EA.

    At the same time it would be prudent to remember that EA allowed Bioware to put back the release date of ME:A by a quarter, DA:I by a month, and Mass Effect 3 by about 4 months as well....
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  • Performance Analysis: Mass Effect Andromeda

  • blarty 18/03/2017

    Mass Effect Andromeda has a lot of patching to do, as for a very story and character driven franchise, the animation problems, face modelling and somewhat janky dialogue is having a very detrimental effect on the games reception. Reply +48
  • Mass Effect Andromeda's early access trial is getting a mixed response

  • blarty 16/03/2017

    Does anyone else remember how ME3 was near universally praised but had significant problems that turned the game into a bit of a crapshoot, all of which were pretty much ignored?

    This sounds a lot like this....


    Thank christ for EA access meaning Bioware can't hide this shit until after release date
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  • blarty 16/03/2017

    @Devox Agreed. Cyberpunk 2077 will be the next bar, i have no doubt about that. Reply +9
  • blarty 16/03/2017

    Facial animootions , lots and lots of facial animootions Reply +3
  • Mass Effect: the story so far

  • blarty 15/03/2017

    Some of the preset faces you'll see in Meth Effect Andromeda
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  • Our first proper look at Mass Effect Andromeda multiplayer

  • blarty 14/03/2017

    @Azhrarn ME Multiplayer is always cooperative, against AI enemies, and everyone gets the same collective XP, and rewards, so it actually benefits not to be a lone wolf Reply +3
  • Finally, we have answers to Nintendo Switch's digital game sharing questions

  • blarty 03/03/2017

    Now this sounds like Nintendo having an absolute glut of good ideas, implemented splendidly well.

    Next thing Nintendo will have the vision to suggest that we enter 12-digit codes so we can create lists of other players...
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  • Nintendo Switch eShop games and prices revealed

  • blarty 03/03/2017

    Breath of the Wild may be Essential, but is it 340 Essential, because looking at the rest of those releases, there's nothing else there that really stands out, and with there being a WiiU version...... hmmmm Reply +4
  • BioWare apologises for Mass Effect Andromeda multiplayer beta cancellation

  • blarty 02/03/2017

    After all their tinkering between ME3 and ME:A, then I hope to god they've not fscked up multiplayer as well.... as quite frankly the MP was the best part of ME3 Reply -13
  • Oculus Rift price cut

  • blarty 02/03/2017

    I got a PSVR for my birthday a couple of days ago, and I love it, although the resolution could be better (but given that I mainly game at 4k, that's a criticism to level at all the headsets, tbf).

    The main thing is developers getting to grips with how to present VR in their games in new ways. If you can get the interaction right, even otherwise mundane gameplay experiences like Dangerball become really good fun and you can happily spend a couple of hours playing it.
    Reply +1
  • Nvidia unveils GTX 1080 Ti: 'faster than Titan X Pascal'

  • blarty 01/03/2017

    @green_nifta My R9 295x2 uses at least 500w.... 250w would be a significant step down for me. :D Reply 0
  • blarty 01/03/2017

    Hmmm..... I've been waiting to find a GPU that can eclipse my R9 295x2 @ 4k by 30+% .... this may do it, although I'll also wait to see what comes out of the AMD camp.

    I may be better waiting for the GTX 11 series though.
    Reply +2
  • Here we go: Numbani map trashed and Doomfist gauntlet stolen on Overwatch PTR

  • blarty 28/02/2017

    Remember, today's the day something could happen but not, probably, until late afternoon.
    Cutting edge reportage right there people.

    This is perhaps the most non-fake news sentence you will ever read - does not confirm nor deny anything and still manages expectations, without putting the author in the way of any flak if nothing at all happens, or indeed if it does happen, but it might actually be early or late evening, hence missing the given time period, yet still covered by the word 'day' earlier in the sentence.

    Bravo, sir. Bravo.
    Reply +1
  • Escaping Skyrim's shadow

  • blarty 27/02/2017

    @Spetzomancer Yes I understand, there can be that slight disconnect, there is no 'hide other players' option unfortunately, but as you go out from the hubs the incidences of other players gets less, but I certainly take your point of checking an abandoned ruin only to see some other person rush past you and break the immersion.

    However, on the upside, this being a MMO, sometimes you really need those players!

    And quite a few levels and areas are solo instances only.
    Reply +1
  • blarty 27/02/2017

    @Spetzomancer I rarely bother with multiplayer, except to team up for Difficult dungeons or world bosses, the rest of the time I just potter from quest marker to quest marker.... and I think in all the time I've played ESO, I've spent no more than 10 hours in PvP multiplayer Reply +2
  • blarty 27/02/2017

    When I look back on my 20-odd hours with The Elder Scrolls Online....
    Yeah that's barely noticing there's a surface, never mind scratching it. It's probably taken me twice that to finish the Thieves Guild storyline and that's an Add-On.

    And I wouldn't get too hung up on concurrent steam players as a metric it released 3 months later on steam than it's actual release date, and you can get it for half the price from other places usually than the steam price (gmg is 18.99 for the gold edition and steam is 39.99). And unlike Fallout 4 and Skyrim, you don't need Steam to play the game.

    That being said I've ploughed hundreds of hours into Oblivion and Skyrim (both PS3 and Xbox 360) - doing the same with Skyrim SE on PS4. But for now it's ESO that has me gripped. On PS4 there are always people bumbling about in the DLC areas, and significantly more in any of the main city hubs. Can't say much for PvP as it's not really my focus.

    The basic problem with ESO is that it's not Morrowind/Oblivion/Skyrim as these are fundamentally different games - you are not really a hero in the vein of Dragonborn - instead it's an MMO (and a significantly deeper one, than at launch) that happens to be set, and sticks favourably to, the Elder scrolls world and lore.

    The sheer size of crafting etc, puts Skyrim and Fallout 4 to absolute shame (of course this is yet another example of it Skyrim and ESO being fundamentally different games, and is far more an established staple of MMOs than of single-player RPGs), and I'd certainly welcome a more deeper crafting model in ES6.

    Between additions for Thieves Guild, Dark Brotherhood, the Justice system and Homestead, it's a game I can quite easily potter around in for hours.

    Incidentally, why no comparison of vanilla PS4 vs Pro PS4 for ESO when it's 4k native (with enhanced 1080p, if you want it) and HDR - DF has done virtually every other PS4 Pro-enhanced game....

    The Elder Scrolls Online has improved immeasurably with age and, going by forum chatter, at least, has a committed core of players. It's possible that the tacit reboot that is the Morrowind expansion will grant it a new lease of life.
    Again, if you're measuring solely off Steam numbers, it's not an ideal metric. Hell, I even still play The Secret World every now and again and that's still just chugging along reasonably well - MMOs don't have new lease's of life, they simply just settle down into middle age.
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  • Jelly Deals roundup: Hitman, Battlefield 1, Mass Effect Trilogy and more

  • blarty 25/02/2017

    It's quite disconcerting to realise that you can get a 2tb drive for an XB1 or PS4 for less than a fiver more than a 200Gb SD card for the switch.... Reply +2
  • Why BioWare ditched the power wheel from Mass Effect Andromeda

  • blarty 23/02/2017

    So it's all about the combat, eh? Wanting to make the battlefield more fluid. Sounds like an utterly fantastic direction in which to take this RPG franchise. Reply +3
  • Overwatch game director talks diversity, inclusivity and Tracer's sexuality

  • blarty 23/02/2017

    In my eyes the problem has never been introducing diverse characters, the issue has been in ensuring there is depth in writing and character development beyond just 'identifies as X'. One of the (few) good things about Dragon Age Inquisition, was Dorian, a character who is clearly gay, but due to the depth of character writing is clearly not defined by it to the extent that all other character traits and motivations are sidelined. Reply +3
  • PS4 Pro boost mode: a game-changer for unpatched titles?

  • blarty 11/02/2017

    Scorpio with 4 k blue ray player at $499 is better value then ps4 pro with no 4k player at $399
    It would be, IF, games for Scorpio come out on UHD capacity discs, however, it won't on release due to 'no exclusive Scorpio games', combined with the news that streaming has surpassed DVD sales, then I don't see how a 20% premium for a UHD drive makes it better value across the board.... however should the GPU/CPU capabilities of the Scorpio significantly outstrip the PS4 at both 1080p and 4k, then that in itself would justify the price difference
    Reply +1
  • Why Valve has no interest in making console games

  • blarty 10/02/2017

    @terminaljeremy *sniff* That was beautiful.

    Reply +8