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  • Future Assassin's Creed games will have "more robust modern day" than Unity

  • blarty 27/02/2015

    The problem is that the modern day setting at some point has to be dealt with - issues with Desmond, what of the modern day Assassin's, the people above where Vidic was, as well as the issues over the ending of AC3 Reply 0
  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round review

  • blarty 26/02/2015

    @Dunnyone If you're on PS4 the full version is there on PSN - you've just got to search for it. Haven't checked XBox Store though Reply +1
  • blarty 25/02/2015

    @Dunnyone But there's a huge amount of DLC included in Last Round on Disc - just check out the DOA website. The core version on PSN is akin to the free version of Killer Instinct

    For a shade over 25, for people wanting a fighting game, it's not a bad deal.
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  • Tomb Raider, BioShock Infinite free via Games with Gold in March - report

  • blarty 25/02/2015

    Good lineup... hopefully EA Access will also have a bit of new blood in it, in the next few months. Reply +2
  • Video: The Best Sex I've Ever Had (In Games)

  • blarty 23/02/2015

    @vojtas
    BioWare's sex look like a joke when comparing to the scene in Elven ruins.

    To rewrite the old phrase, 'No sex please, we're Western developers.'
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  • blarty 23/02/2015

    Oh this is going to be a comment section to remember Reply +1
  • Troll deletes 11-year-old's Destiny characters

  • blarty 23/02/2015

    So kid uses glitches constantly.... shows said glitches publicly, then hands control of his gamer and characters to a 'handle' online, and gets his characters deleted....

    ... yet the outpouring of sorrow for this poor child neglects the salient parts of 'uses a lot of glitches' - which in other instances would have you banned from multiplayer completely, and people would be celebrating it...

    ... seems a bit off.

    But yeah perhaps Bungie should get the kid his characters back... never heard of backups? However, if Bungie 'awards' this kid for essentially trying to game their game.... what does that message send?
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  • Law & Order airs episode dedicated to harassment of women in gaming

  • blarty 14/02/2015

    @nibblo Satire though it may be, that's the situation distilled down exactly from the point of view of it's participants and how they view the other 'lot'

    I thought society had moved past this pigeon-holing bullshit. Differences of opinion are good and this is not an us vs them, two-tone issue and never has been. The only people enforcing that are those too bigoted (and yes there are many many bigots on both 'sides', a few of them you see in this thread) to see that the issue is complicated and has many different threads.

    Have a concern about the political angling and posturing in a piece? You're a gamergater, you don't need to be listened to.

    See something slightly dodgy in friends reviewing/praising a friends product without them letting anyone know that they're friends?
    You're a gamergater, you don't need to be listened to.

    Is this truly what modern day progressivism is about? Taking people back to the 60's and 70's and further back where we labelled people and promoted segregation rather then tore it down. We've merely changed the concept of who and what it's morally acceptable to segregate on. Ignorance breeds contempt.
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  • blarty 12/02/2015

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  • blarty 12/02/2015

    What I find thoroughly entertaining about the whole debacle of the last few months is the hypocrisy of it all

    'We hate X, don't do Y as it's abhorrent' *whisper* 'unless you're with us and you feel you have a moral imperative to do it to them, in which case it's ok and we'll not mention it ever'
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  • blarty 12/02/2015

    @MrTomFTW
    Now, I know you don't mean gamers
    Well that's obvious. Of course he didn't mean gamers - I mean gamers have been dead for nearly six months now, haven't they?
    And I'm not sure who this episode was aimed at, as one of the clear demographics shown in the episode don't have to be their audience.
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  • blarty 12/02/2015

    I'm looking for the 'using a controller when not switched on' meme Reply +6
  • Video: Battlefield Hardline's image problem

  • blarty 12/02/2015

    I had this discussion on the Beta article, and whilst it's all well and good to draw comparisons, we can draw comparisons constantly between fiction (not just games, but books, etc) and real events, and the world doesn't go nuts over it. Fiction often has a grounding in facts - it's how we relate to something, but at the same time EA would have had this game in production well before Ferguson - if it gets released now it's insensitive to Ferguson, if it gets delayed and then released, it the game that 'was delayed because of Ferguson but is now getting released while the wounds are still raw/near the 1 year anniversary of Ferguson' - EA and Visceral will get damned by you lot either way.



    And now people that can separate fact from fiction, correlation from causality and coincidence will judge it merely on what it is - a fictional game. And one that may draw uncomfortable yet wholly unconnected parallels (on a very minor level) to something in real life that you may have issues with. But at the same time many, many others have no issue with the content as its y'know a work of fiction.

    Continue far enough down this road and I wonder if we're in real danger of seeing the op-eds of Polygon, Verge, Vox, Eurogamer and the rabid rantings of Tumblr distilled into a modern day Malleus Maleficarum to persecute fiction and thought.
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  • David Cameron has visited the maker of Train Simulator

  • blarty 11/02/2015

    "I see, and how do you keep your business afloat if you're selling specialised game for 24.99 to a small,niche audience?"

    - shows 'Add All' DLC price amounting to 2727

    "Ah yes, brilliant! Carry on, you brave entrepreneurs of the future... marvellous chaps"
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  • Bethesda announces first ever E3 conference

  • blarty 10/02/2015

    @Porcupine_I
    Microsoft pays the Press confernce for them so they can reveal that Fallout 4 is Xbox One exclusive.
    You, sir, have the mind of a criminal genius
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  • blarty 10/02/2015

    Brink 2!....




    /jk

    Mainly Fallout 4 and Elder Scrolls 6 please - and a second helping of Wolfenstein New Order, wouldn't go amiss.
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  • Video: Can The Witcher 3 get side quests right?

  • blarty 10/02/2015

    @grassyknoll Agreed about New Vegas, still one of my favourite games of last gen Reply +4
  • 343 preps "biggest" changes to Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking yet

  • blarty 10/02/2015

    It'll be 3 months tomorrow since release, well I guess technically, re-release - that's a lot of messing about to get correct what should be right already. This saga has gone on longer than the Driveclub debacle. Reply +1
  • Alien: Isolation leads 2015 BAFTA Game Awards nominations

  • blarty 10/02/2015

    Strange that Dragon Age is up for best game, but nothing else at all. Reply +1
  • Eurogamer has dropped review scores

  • blarty 10/02/2015

    This is not the fault of Metacritic itself or the people who made it, who just set out to create a useful resource for readers.
    To be honest not entirely sure that's true.... the amount of power that Metacritic wields with regards to bonuses etc, make me believe that they are at least complicit now in it's failings (no openness with regards to site weightings etc) even if they had good intentions to begin with.
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  • blarty 10/02/2015

    About damn time..... Reply +5
  • Towerfall is adding an Anita Sarkeesian skin

  • blarty 10/02/2015

    @MrTomFTW
    Science is a tool, and it will serve the purpose of whomever wields it.
    Playing devil's advocate, one could say that about many things

    The church
    The state
    The media
    The message
    The narrative
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  • blarty 10/02/2015

    @grassyknoll
    Social justice is something we all should strive for!
    As long as it is done for people, not to people, of course - otherwise it simply perpetuates the mudslinging as we've seen so often since the rise of social media and the ability for people to attack those they don't agree with (on some level) because they're within 5 feet of their keyboards, rather than actually help the people around them.

    In my experience, social justice has done nothing to reduce bigotry but increase it and hide it under the guise of political correctness, Now if we want to talk about actual social activism, fantastic, making the world better for the people - completely behind that.

    But this current push of 'social justice'? Sorry, but to me, the likelyhood is that someone who gives up a seat on the bus for someone that needs it has done more good in the world in that instant than most of the grousing 'social justice' tweets and tumblr blogs do - taking a figurative dump on people via 140 characters is not conducive to making the world a better place.
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  • blarty 10/02/2015

    Well I look forward to this thread turning out well.....


    Obligatory Eurogamer Controversial click article gif in

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  • BioWare cancels its four-on-one online RPG Shadow Realms

  • blarty 10/02/2015

    Too many options to put in a dialogue wheel, that might require them to alter the one key mechanic they haven't actually messed up in the last 5 years? Reply 0
  • Microsoft teases Xbox One screenshot feature

  • blarty 09/02/2015

    Why not just double tap the view button? Why does everything have to be mapped to the guide button, plus for some titles, double-guide might take the game to the pause menu Reply +1
  • Windows on a stick: the Hannspree Micro PC review

  • blarty 08/02/2015

    Excellent info on the streaming front - I think particularly for the smaller PC reviews, in-home streaming performance has to be in there as standard from a gaming performance point of view.

    Thanks Rich
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  • GDC preview: Windows 10 vs SteamOS

  • blarty 07/02/2015

    @ghuk nah, if you upgrade to Windows 10 from 7, 8 or 8.1 within the first year of release, it is free, after that, if you choose to upgrade, there is a fee. Reply +1
  • blarty 07/02/2015

    I've had Win 8 and 8.1 since release, and I've had relatively no problem with them, between tile maker apps and Steam Tile, the start screen isn't a huge offence to humanity, although Windows 10 does seem to be making better strides at integrating things from 8 and 7, Steam OS is something I'm interested in trying, but would prefer a near 1.0 release before committing any time to it - I'd be mainly using it as a stream machine Reply +2
  • Jon Blyth on: Fixing Far Cry 4

  • blarty 07/02/2015

    I enjoyed that, although why does it now seem obvious to me that Log, is in fact, a most ardent supporter and purveyor of Poe's Law? :)

    So back to real business.... What real ales have you got on draught?
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  • Prestigious AIAS Game of the Year award goes to Dragon Age: Inquisition

  • blarty 06/02/2015

    Not entirely sure about DA:I, the story, premise, etc hasn't really pulled me in at all - by the end (nearly 80 hrs in) it was becoming far too much of a slog, that slowly leeched away all the enjoyment.

    Perhaps it's because it appears that between the changes to Mass Effect 1 through 3 and the three installments of Dragon age, Bioware feel free to tinker far too much except with that god awful staple of Bioware - the dialogue 'wheel'... and all trilogies must end in 'possible full annihilation'



    ... BioWheel
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  • Video: Dying Light - Ian and Johnny have an argument

  • blarty 06/02/2015

    Why does Ian sound like he's on a CB radio?


    10-4 Rubber ducky.
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  • Editor's blog: Introducing Eurogamer's new video team

  • blarty 05/02/2015

    @Oli Given the statement about separate budgets, do you really think that you'll be able to turn a sustainable profit for a significant time to establish the EG YT feed, given the profit margins of youtube monetisation and advertising, or do you have a secondary stream to help?

    Edit: Don't really know why I've been negged, but given the recent changes and layoffs at various places, as well as a few sites going premium/patreon, I thought it was a good question to ask.
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  • BioWare: Dragon Age: Inquisition has not set a "template" for Mass Effect 4

  • blarty 04/02/2015

    @siluro8x8 I think you're onto something, in the 11-ish years since KOTOR, they seem to be wanting to make another genre-defining RPG, but they don't seem to know exactly what they want in the details - take both Mass Effect and Dragon Age - both fine series but almost schizophrenic between their respective installments. For me, I enjoyed Mass Effect 2 the most out of all of the ME franchise (although ME3 Multiplayer was very good) and DA: O in Dragon Age.... it's as though they tinker too much with their games.

    Ironically, I often think of Obsidian being the under appreciated sibling in RPGs their ability to come into an IP and evolve it has largely gone unnoticed, but between KOTOR2 and Fallout: New Vegas, I think they can add mechanics (Influence and enhanced factions respectively) that affected both those IPs for the better
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  • blarty 04/02/2015

    I think part of the problem for me with DA:I is the same that I had with ME3, and I enjoyed ME3 (for my sins) - the ramp up to all out war and annihilation reframes and removes some of the experience of the game....

    And the fetch quests are a drudge - I've just finished the game on 70-odd hrs.... just started getting irritated by that point.


    .... At least you know with Bioware now, between DA:I and ME3, that if they have a new IP the third installment will be 'FOR THE SURVIVAL OF US ALL!'
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  • blarty 04/02/2015

    #TeamHammerhead Reply +3
  • League of Legends tournament openly discriminates against LGBT players

  • blarty 04/02/2015

    So..... this story is going to end well.... Reply -1
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider details emerge

  • blarty 04/02/2015

    Not sure if the recent rise in developers offloading last gen versions to other devs is a good thing or not. Reply +2
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with the Battlefield Hardline PC beta

  • blarty 03/02/2015

    @MrTomFTW I think EA's hands are tied to a large degree - if they run with it, even though it's really a coincidental concern (BF:H was probably well into design if not finished, narratively, prior to the flare up in summer) it'll get linked to Ferguson; and if they pull it and release it later, it will always be considered 'the game that got pulled because of Ferguson' and will likely have editorials and opinion pieces written about the connection even if they left it for 12 months. And there's very little chance that EA will drop BF:H completely because of something, which in all honesty, was not related to the game.

    I think it's important to think about, but I think it's equally important not to demonise EA and Visceral over this.
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  • blarty 03/02/2015

    @MrTomFTW
    We're already seeing police in military gear, the idea that we would accept that as the norm is not something I want to see.
    To be fair, since 2001 we've seen an increase in militarised police particularly in the US, border checks particularly, even crossing from France to the UK has armed police, and though I agree, BF:H depicting the 'extension' of that into armed police on the streets could be considered to be alarming, particularly in view of actual events last summer.

    I think you're making a valid point, and to be fair the issue is how close to the bone it is 'now' - if Ferguson had been a couple of years ago, I doubt it would be at the forefront of your mind quite as much.

    Maybe we get uncomfortable by the 'plausibility' of our media, and have done for a long time.Take Orson Welles and his famous radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds", for example, as to how 'believed' that was. And then look at a game such as Homefront with the US having been invaded by Korea - given how little we currently know about North Korea, and the strained relationships between those 2 nations, particularly of late, again the fictional plot, I believe, does start to gain some plausibility, but I feel that because the game is not 'in the here and now' it's seems a frivolous concern at best, whereas the BF:H concern has come along at a time of heightened awareness
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  • blarty 03/02/2015

    @MrTomFTW Re:1) That's kind of what I meant wrt going off on a bit of a tangent, but I think it's all too easy to slip into the concept of tacit approval, and point the fingers at people and accuse them of 'enabling' actions that you see as bad in your eyes

    2) With Gone Home, yes the devs intentionally designed the game with a particular message, which some found promoted a larger societal discussion regarding games and representation, etc. with BF:H - clearly that's not a stated design goal, but as you've said, it will likely promote a societal discussion because of it's setting and the outside events of Ferguson, etc.

    My point is that we shouldn't be afraid of games that confront societal norms whether we think that the confrontation is for the better of society (thus we agree with it), or whether it sometimes brings reality's putrid underbelly into the light for all to see, whether intentional or not, (in which case we find it uncomfortable).

    My concern with gaming over the last 12-18 months, is that we've become far more concerned with the drama and the personalities rather than getting round a table and discussing actual solutions to the problems that gaming faces as it becomes more mainstream, etc. - it's my main crux of contention regarding click bait etc.
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  • blarty 03/02/2015

    @MrTomFTW

    I apologise in advance if this starts to go off on a tangent.

    Of course I think about what we're consuming, but as part of the growing pains of games growing up, it's the same questions that are asked of any entertainment medium, and also the consideration of 'what this game is' could be a personal one, a political one, or one that results in a cynical view.

    If we want to take a view on the whole 'armed men on the streets of actual cities' idea - games themselves have been using militarised police/martial law for many years, just with the player always being the good guy - look at BF4, depicting fighting in the streets of Shanghai, etc.

    But going back to the idea of Ferguson, etc. if games, works of fiction, are going to have to be judged morally by events of fact, way after those games have been announced and designed, it's a potentially dangerous precedent to set, one that could see works of fiction, particularly those with a historical basis, no longer grounded in reality, but one of 'the right side of history'

    I'm sure some people will find it offensive on some level, and those people will, in no doubt, let their many twitter followers know about it, but there are also some people who won't find it offensive and buy the game, there will likely be many more people than either of those two groups, that don't give the game a second glance.

    After all as offence is taken and not given (an idiom that seems to be all but forgotten given social media today), you can of course ignore the game as is your right to do so as a consumer, just as much anyone else has the right to buy it if they so wish; however for one person or group to impose a particular moral compass on another (outside of any particular legal requirements) is getting into murky waters with regards to a free market and consumer choice.

    The problem comes when we conflate purchasers of a piece of fiction, in an open economy, with a certain section of society whose ideals and acts we disagree with - merely purchasing or consuming content does not provide tacit approval of either the ideals or acts of said 'Bad Group'.

    The current trend to almost shame the industry or consumers of content which a particular entity feels offends them, is not a process that I'm particularly fond of.

    To be honest, if BF:H is making you consider a real world event then it speaks volumes about the reach of gaming, particularly with VR around the corner, and if it's made you think more than BF4 did, then the medium is moving in the right direction, but at the same time, we should be wary to make sure it's not us, the gamers, the observers, who are blurring the line between gaming and reality, instead of the games themselves becoming more realistic. Realism is in it's own way encouraging you to see and understand things you may not want to, or haven't before - If games are to challenge people then they have to be able to challenge our sensibilities and gut reactions - if Gone Home is to thrive with regards to challenging particular norms in gaming, what is wrong with BF:H making us face things from the real world of today that some may find distasteful?

    We can't, unfortunately, only live in a world where the happy path is always the one taken, and our art and media should reflect that, otherwise we risk creating a society that is unprepared to face, and unable to accept, differing opinions.
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  • blarty 03/02/2015

    @MrTomFTW Well, if we're going down that route, does playing Civilisation and invading another city state leave you with a hankering desire to feel guilt for the situation in the Ukraine? Reply +20
  • Cara Ellison on: 2014: A Space Engine

  • blarty 02/02/2015

    @JoelStinty I think I've not explained myself properly - I don't think the written press is outdated, I think it's revenue model and the dependencies thereon that are outdated, which is ultimately leading to the 'controversy for page view' click-bait playbook that is currently prevalent, across a lot of web 'news' sites.

    With regards to personalities and youtube, many writers on enthusiast sites (again not just gaming) also have little journalistic training, they are lucky enough to have the ability to turn a phrase or two or offer some insightful commentary, they too are also fans. This is not a bad thing, but just a point of reference.

    For me, I'm wary of politicisation of a piece, especially in view of the issues I see with the revenue model. All too often the question of whether a piece is written to make a point, or whether it's focus is to make money, is one that I increasingly worry is moving towards the latter of late.
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  • blarty 01/02/2015

    @dogmanstaruk Agreed - one of the issues that actually hasn't been discussed over the last few months is that the business model for the old-model 'enthusiast press' website/blog (not just gaming) is no longer viable - pageviews, unique visitors per month, click numbers used as a measure of profit is antiquated and, ultimately, unhealthy.

    Pleas to remove adblock are pointless, if the margins you're working with are minuscule. Its why we've had the rise of controversy journalism - be it by being divisive, condescending, etc - the more controversial, the more comments, the more page views etc.

    With sites like Joystiq and Gamefront getting closed or cut back to the bone it's not enough to rehash press releases, or make some comment framed to make a fair percentage of your readership lose their shit anymore to generate comments in the thousands as they argue amongst themselves.
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  • The Digital Foundry 2015 graphics card upgrade guide

  • blarty 01/02/2015

    @MattEvansC3 Everything you've said is correct, but I also seem to remember that both platform holders said that they would be unlocking more and more parts of the machine as time went on - we've seen this already with the Kinect reservation being optional and the potential for OS optimisation allowing more memory to be available for games. I don't think it's beyond the realms of possibility for certain parts of the GPU to be similarly reserved for opening up later as the generation moves forward. Reply 0
  • blarty 01/02/2015

    If I was going to stay at 2560x1080, I'd be getting a 970 without question, but because I want to use multi monitors, and mixed res at that, and given that Nvidia surround seems to be kind of forgotten nowadays compared to Eyefinity, I may well have to get some more cash and get the 295x2. Reply +3
  • blarty 01/02/2015

    @dogmanstaruk It all depends upon what optimisations can be made - look at what was achieved between Perfect Dark Zero and Witcher 2 on 360 - the key is going to be what legroom the machine actually has - both 360 and PS3 were hamstrung in the end because of their RAM.

    One good side effect of the PS4/XB1 generation is the move to PC games that are full 64-bit with increased ( > 2Gb) address space availability becoming the rule rather than the exception
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  • blarty 01/02/2015

    @cw- From what I've heard most of the cards, particularly the higher end ones are DX12 compatible (currently) - but whether they'll support everything I'm not sure. For me, if a lot of emphasis in DX12 is about multi-coring the DX pipeline, then it may be less of an issue for GPU hardware Reply +3
  • blarty 01/02/2015

    @GAmbrose That must have set you back a fair amount - what PSU are you using to run it and are you having to use a PCI 3 mob? Have been considering going up Ultrawide 21:9 1440p instead of going down the full 4k route, that or add another 1080p monitor in for a 6200x1080 res, so interesting to hear what slowdowns you've been hitting with the r9 295x2 Reply 0