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  • Shadow Warrior review

  • blarty 23/10/2014

    Is this really the future of Games journalism? Games being scoured for any shade of anything anyone might take offence to? I can't imagine what will be said about Witcher 3 or MGS5.

    At what point did the 'moral hygienics' of the content, peripheral or otherwise, start to become such a frequently called-out attribute in games?

    It seems like gaming is going through it's own 'Mary Whitehouse' era at the moment, and gaming's own media is perpetrating it.
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  • Xbox One screenshot feature won't be out until 2015

  • blarty 23/10/2014

    Does the recording function work at full HD, if so why not just grab a full frame of that, through a new option in Upload Studio? Reply +1
  • Ex-Gone Home dev reveals surreal adventure Where the Water Tastes Like Wine

  • blarty 21/10/2014

    Is 'exploratory adventure' now officially a thing? I've been considering buying 'Dear Esther' which seems to be majorly focused on exploring in your own time Reply 0
  • UK gov changing law to get tough on internet trolling

  • blarty 21/10/2014

    @mattshark
    On point 3, there are specific legal rules on what counts as offensive. It is not about what offends you as an individual.

    The right to free speech doesn't mean there is no right to take the consequences either
    Please note what I added to point 3 -
    ....particularly where that speech breaks no law.
    You say 'potato', I say 'potato'
    You say 'Specific legal rules', I saw 'law'
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  • blarty 20/10/2014

    The difficulty in anything of this nature is understanding four basic concepts:
    1) Trolls outside of the UK will not be affected but will still be able to troll UK citizens
    2) On the internet your identity is one or more accounts rather than a singular person.
    3) The right to be offended does not trump someone's right to free speech, particularly where that speech breaks no law.
    4) Bots can be used to automatically create a large propensity of troll posts
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  • We cannot let this become gaming culture

  • blarty 18/10/2014

    @MrTomFTW You're absolutely right, perhaps we need to tell that to the people that SJ doxxed and rang their workplaces to get fired, perhaps we should tell that to Boogie who got threatened with blacklisting only because he was trying to calm tensions.

    And as for advertising and a consumer boycott, if you call an advertisers potential customers (since thats why they advertise on your site - to generate new revenue) 'obtuse shit slingers', and 'wailing hyper-consumers' (in a front page article on that site no less) then I'm absolutely sure the advertised company's marketing department is going to be over the moon when they hear about it
    Reply +3
  • blarty 18/10/2014

    @MrTomFTW I expect nothing else of you, you wouldn't read the Brietbart article even though the author starts off thinking that gamergate is over and sees Gawker journalists laughing about bullying on Twiiter, but I guess social justice for all doesn't completely overlap with Social Justice ideals.

    Censorship through withdrawal of ad revenue? Wow, that is interesting this would be on the same site that commited one of the biggest acts,if not the biggest single act, of wilful censorship on the internet when they deleted over 25000 comments in a thread? Ah okay.

    The cognitive dissonance, contradiction and hypocrisy should be deafening when SJ decry points based on politics and censorship yet have no compunction supporting those things as long as they are done in the name of their cause.
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  • blarty 18/10/2014

    I guess here's more stuff you can ignore while sitting in your Ivory Towers

    https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/2jk2rq/ama_im_a_female_game_developer_that_has_been_in/

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2014/10/17/Supporting-GamerGate-Does-Not-Make-You-a-Bully

    But I'm sure as long as you keep this war of attrition up, and pouring fire on people eventually it'll go away though, right? Right?!
    Reply -4
  • blarty 17/10/2014

    "We cannot let this become gaming culture" because you've already decided who and what will shape gaming culture.

    Good luck with that, I believe you'll all need it, if certain responses to various Bayonetta 2 review scores are anything to go by.
    Reply +1
  • blarty 17/10/2014



    There's really something in the back of my head that thinks 'Games journalism just really doesn't have enough paint to gloss over everything, and there's certainly not enough carpet to sweep inconvenient facts under, but hey, they tried'
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  • blarty 17/10/2014

    To be honest I'm done with the small mindedness and hubris that surrounds this entire farce, I'm sure the truth regarding everything will eventually come out.

    I'm confident that at some point there will be another cultural shift pushed onto gaming either through outside influence or scandal & will put gaming and gamers on the back foot again, hopefully you'll be able to survive that schism, but I doubt it - critical thinking and understanding that everything on the net should be questioned never taken at face value, seems not to be your bag.

    If nothing else, Gamergate has shown me just how me narrow minded and sewage filled social media really can be.
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  • Civilian massacring game Hatred courts controversy, gets it

  • blarty 17/10/2014

    Market forces will decide, unless certain people take 'offence' at the game, at which point concerns will be voiced in unison Reply 0
  • E3 organiser and trade group ESA speaks out against GamerGate

  • blarty 16/10/2014

    This pretty much sums up what more than a few people think of the current direction that games journalism seems to be fixated on

    http://imgur.com/O3fSyoh

    I'm sure many will remember the ideals of journalists when the next person comes to attack games or journalists drop 'revelations' as truth like they did with Max Temkin....
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  • blarty 16/10/2014

    @MrTomFTW Enough of the violins Tom.... When Boogie first spoke out and tried to diffuse tensions, not outright support Gamergate, but, and I repeat, diffuse tensions, he said he was threatened by those in the media and industry with the reprisals that would affect his Youtube channel, any positive articles from the gaming press he would receive and basically destroy his career.

    So he backed off, after being warned off and still the media kept raising the ante, and when he finally decided to come back again and try and get everyone to talk, the people in the industry/press crucified him anyway.
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  • blarty 16/10/2014

    I wonder what will happen when the next schism comes along, which of course it will as more attempts are made to force anything related to internet culture into typical red vs blue boxes becomes more prevalent. Reply +3
  • blarty 16/10/2014

    @Kolorabi Absolutely agree - censorship is wrong http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/2dz0gs/totalbiscuit_discusses_the_state_of_games/ Reply +5
  • blarty 16/10/2014



    Lets see how this comments section ends up by lunchtime, shall we?
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  • blarty 16/10/2014

    I imagine that once the mods come, I'm sure certain posts, even if not unreasonable in their content, will get deleted because.... reasons Reply -3
  • blarty 16/10/2014

    As I said in the previous article on the subject, eventually a Freedom of Information Request will be sent out and we'll get to the truth.

    Although the Stop Gamergate tag is highly amusing, when every games journalist has known how to stop gamer gate from before it was even a thing - 'be professional'. But instead they'd rather pour petrol on the simmering tensions than deal with their own hubris, and consider not continually taking the unprecedented move of throwing their readership, and coincidentally the people who buy games and thus finance much of the industry, under the bus.

    But then again, I guess that might be asking too much.
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  • blarty 16/10/2014

    Hmm, so USU is telling fibs then? http://www.usu.edu/ust/index.cfm?article=54179 Reply -7
  • Anita Sarkeesian cancels university speech following school shooting threat

  • blarty 15/10/2014

    @dogmanstaruk Yes see earlier femfreq tweets regarding 'male gaze'. /s Reply -4
  • blarty 15/10/2014

    Honestly, I truly wouldn't worry, a Freedom of Information Request will be filed and the truth will come out - 'That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence', and all that malarkey Reply 0
  • blarty 15/10/2014

    @Retroid It's so ironic how that xkcd comic can be used for both sides Reply 0
  • blarty 15/10/2014

    My concern is that the spectre of Gamergate being about Misogyny will not go away for 1 simple reason, if, for whatever reason, it is taken out of the equation, then Games journalists have absolutely no defence for their 'too cosy' co-operation either between themselves or with developers and corporate PR, and they have to do something which they would really hate to do - be introspective and be inspected. Gaming journalism is not looked on kindly by other areas of journalism, and I'm sure having poured petrol on an already simmering situation with their readership and audience for two months won't endear them further to their far more professional peers. Taking a step back from all the details of the threat to Anita Sarkeesian for just a moment - there are only three partes involved in Gamergate which stand to come out this in a good light - Games Journalists who don't want lights shining in certain places with regards to their conduct, the current Social Justice Activist movement attempting to stamp their ideology on a culture which changes too fast for them to do so and the Trolls. Reply -4
  • blarty 15/10/2014

    @cloudskipa Hey at least we can take solace in the fact that it's not one of the biggest single incidents in internet censorship - Reddit / TB Thread over 20000 comments Reply +2
  • blarty 15/10/2014

    @Great-Googly-Moogly Yeah agreed. It appears that Boogie is between a rock and a hard place. Two forces are pushing against each other and neither one will budge & people have been both throwing petrol on the fire and setting fire to themselves, for weeks. Reply +1
  • blarty 15/10/2014

    @spekkeh Yeah Boogie was threatened with blacklisting and that 'the consequences or him continuing to support Gamergate' even though he's actually trying to diffuse the situation and facilitate discussion, at what seems to be costing him his mental health and putting him under a sever amount of stress 'would be severe'.... so he left doing anything about Gamergate for a good few weeks and then tried to open those discussion channels again and the industry took a dump on him for it. Reply 0
  • blarty 15/10/2014

    To be honest, I've started to take nothing I read on the internet at face value any more, and it's been happening with increasing frequency these last couple of years. Reply -2
  • blarty 15/10/2014

    At some point all the facts will be on the table and the truth will have to come out, for the moment, trusting anything on the internet is like putting faith in smoke and mirrors Reply +3
  • blarty 15/10/2014

    So I guess given it's an email it'll have an IP associated with it's first mail server, which should be traceable back to logs, I wonder if and when they catch the person responsible, they'll release some information, same with the Kevin Dobson account from August Reply 0
  • No DLC for Forza Horizon 2 on Xbox 360

  • blarty 08/10/2014

    'We have a product for customers that don't want continuing support or downloadable content - it's called the Xbox 360' Reply +5
  • DriveClub review

  • blarty 07/10/2014

    @Oli It sounds as though things like the weather component being missing and no real teeth to the challenges and online as yet are prompting some concern Reply +1
  • blarty 07/10/2014

    @Oli :D

    You scamp you! You must admit, it did have just the faintest hint of 'Arthur Gies reviewing Killzone Shadow Fall for Polygon' about it though
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  • blarty 07/10/2014

    I'll probably end up getting this - been playing Forza Horizon 2 on XB1 and am generally impressed, although I'm not sure I'll ever be happy with another racing game until Burnout gets a revival.... Reply +3
  • blarty 07/10/2014

    'Mike is co-editor at Outside Xbox'

    Sounds like the perfect person for the review.... hey ho, anyway, given the social elements that are being pushed, how relevant will they be post-release?


    Edit: Sorry it had to be done :)
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  • Steam Curators must now disclose paid-for recommendations

  • blarty 03/10/2014

    Nice..... disclosure on one hand, censorship on the other..... Reply +2
  • Pixel Poetry review

  • blarty 01/10/2014

    So much media about games.... isn't about games
    That's the gaming world in which we find ourselves in now.... 'culture' seems more valid than 'content'
    Reply +4
  • iPhone 6 sold 10 million units in three days

  • blarty 23/09/2014

    And within three months there will be yet another article about how mobile games have bad in-app purchases in order to try and get core gamers back on side..... before another mobile gaming is the next frontier article..... Reply +2
  • blarty 23/09/2014

    And how many of them were sold to flip on ebay? Reply 0
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 review

  • blarty 19/09/2014

    @Suarez07 The advantage with the 295x2 is the inbuilt CLosed Loop, yeah I'll have to move my fans about, and buy a 1000w PSU (and hope my CM Haf 912+ case will suffice), but for little to no fan noise, at a smidge over 700 quid it's not a bad deal if you're pushing it - I'm trying to go for 6400 x 1080 screen setup now that mixed mode eyefinity has been cracked and I want to go full ENB in Skyrim etc at the kind of res without going sub 30fps, which is how my current 4480X1080 setup with HD 7950 is faring Reply 0
  • blarty 19/09/2014

    The big question is whether people should still be looking at the R9 295x2 at just slightly over 700..... especially given that for a built in liquid cooled 780 ti, you're within 50 of the AMD beast Reply 0
  • Video: The journey of a cosplayer

  • blarty 18/09/2014

    @specialgamer Gabe Newell has really aged since 2003 hasn't he? Reply +2
  • Microsoft buys Mojang and Minecraft for $2.5bn

  • blarty 15/09/2014

    This is an interesting position MS have found themselves in.... perhaps we might see more co-operation (cagey though it will likely be) between platform holders in the future? Reply +37
  • Fancy-pants FIFA 15 TV ad is virtual reality football

  • blarty 13/09/2014

    In many ways that is absolutely spot on advertising, FIFA isn;t exactly my bag, but you can't deny how well it places total immersion. Reply +2
  • Destiny thrills, but the big picture rings hollow

  • blarty 10/09/2014

    I'm really enjoying it, once you get past the Old Earth section, and start with the newer missions on the moon it's all good. Reply +4
  • Microsoft to buy Mojang for $2 billion - report

  • blarty 10/09/2014

    I don't get this in the slightest - Mojang has nothing to do with MS platforms, the code is written in Java, a language that MS doesn't support, and the 360/XB1 versions are made by 4J studios.....

    .... this acquisition has imbecilic desperation written all over it.
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  • iPhone 6 and Apple Watch revealed

  • blarty 09/09/2014

    50% faster than the original iPhone? Not much of a leap.

    Well at least you managed to get a full HD screen in their. Good job.
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  • Destiny launch day live report

  • blarty 09/09/2014

    @jabberwocky I was on PS4 at lunchtime and everything appeared to be fine, will see how it goes over the evening. Reply 0
  • blarty 09/09/2014

    There doesn't appear to have been much network problems as yet.... players were in game fine and downloads weren't laggy and I've seen plenty of people on the What's new page have been playing the digital edition. Reply 0
  • Halo review

  • blarty 07/09/2014

    Even 15 years ago 8/10 was clearly a 'thing' :-P Reply +27