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  • Now it's backwards compatible, here are Oblivion's best moments

  • frightlever 02/12/2016

    Oblivion had most of my favourite, and most memorable, Elder Scrolls quests, but it's not a game I have any interest in going back to. You'd lost levitate, which made exploring so interesting in Morrowind, the combat was as bad or worse than Morrowind and the portals, dear god the portals... what a grind. Reply +6
  • The man who dared call educational Minecraft a "gimmick"

  • frightlever 01/12/2016

    I guess Minecraft would be fine once the basics are covered. Sure, maths, English, bit of history, bit of geography, a language (preferably Chinese so kids can talk to their bosses in the future), but I'd rather see practical lessons on money management (even for Primary age kids), Internet security and running a house right the way through from about 10 to 18, to really drum it home. Using Minecraft to teach history seems like a stretch when you could be using an insurance agreement to teach Maths. Oh, and get the kids to perform janitorial duties, the way they do in Japan. Reply -3
  • Ubisoft's VR line-up will support cross-platform play

  • frightlever 30/11/2016

    This'll work until Microsoft release a VR accessory for the Scorpion, because you know they won't open up the Xbox network to outsiders - and it's players who'll suffer, left with a smaller pool to play in. Reply -2
  • No Man's Sky's long-awaited update brings its galaxy back to life

  • frightlever 29/11/2016

    Can you individually invert mouse and gamepad controls yet? Reply +2
  • Islands: Non-Places review

  • frightlever 28/11/2016

    Right, read the article now. I think describing an interactive picture book (akin to a modern pop-up book) as transgressive, rather misuses the term. It's only a transgressive game, in the sense that it isn't a game, and I don't understand why folk have to keep shoehorning this sort of experience into that label. It's as if you can't just like something for what it is, but you feel the need to JUSTIFY it to a wider audience.

    If I watch a movie on my computer, it isn't a game, just because I have the choice of pausing it. If I choose to play a drinking game while watching a movie, does that make the movie a game? The game can't exist without the movie, but the movie is a movie, it isn't a game. (This isn't relevant to the discussion, it's just a notion that occurred to me.)

    "Toy" would be a better description, but I suppose even that carries its own connotations.
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  • frightlever 28/11/2016

    @el_pollo_diablo I looked up Nicolas Winding Refn and discovered that in his latest project, Les Italians, "Taking place during World War II, an Italian salesman is forced to choose between fighting for his country or fighting for Harambe."

    IMDB is user-edited, right? Right?
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  • Fallout 4 one year on

  • frightlever 24/11/2016

    New Vegas outsold FO3 (which is no real surprise), but FO4 is on track to outsell New Vegas, so no matter how much some people will complain, there's no incentive for Bethesda to listen to the people complaining about changes, and how FO4 is RPG-lite, when it's sold so well.

    Personally, I haven't really liked any of the modern Fallouts all that much, but I played FO4 for a LOT longer than FO3 or NV before getting sick of it, so I guess the changes have worked for me. Meanwhile, I've probably played more hours of Morrowind than all the Fallouts put together.
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  • Steam users have already declared the winner in the great coaster sim war

  • frightlever 18/11/2016

    Hopefully Planet Coast will get a VR mode sometime in the future.

    RCTW does seem to have out-sold it so far, and both are only around the 100k mark on Steam, which I find quite surprising.
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  • Epic Games founder protects 7000 acres of US wilderness via $15m donation

  • frightlever 09/11/2016

    To be fair, that leggy snake thing needs to die. Reply -5
  • A new Metro game has been teased for next year

  • frightlever 09/11/2016

    Preferred the books cos they were a lot less scary than the games. Reply +2
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon free on PC for a month

  • frightlever 03/11/2016

    @Eregian "Games in this promotion will be free for all eternity once you sign up during the periode mentioned above."

    Or until Ubisoft shutters uPlay, or an OS upgrade renders it unplayable. But yeah, virtually eternity.

    @wyp1000 AVAILABLE for free until Dec 6th. So long as you grab it before then it stays in your library. For almost eternity.
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  • Swery65 retires from Access Games, the studio he co-founded

  • frightlever 02/11/2016

    Not a tattoo.

    Also, FWIW, reactive hypoglycemia is often code for pancreatic cancer so he may be getting surgery. If that was the case full recovery would be likely. Hypoglycemia isn't an illness, per se, it's a symptom. Usually the cause would be diabetes, but reactive hypoglycemia specifically refers to low blood sugar that ISN'T caused by diabetes.

    Whatever it is I hope he gets well soon.

    Still, not a tattoo.
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  • Deadly Premonition director Swery65 has the most amazing tattoo

  • frightlever 28/10/2016

    That's not actually a tattoo is it? When it says it was painted on, that's literally true, right? I mean, it LOOKS painted on but everyone is talking like it was an actual tattoo (which would take years to get done - well... many sessions over many months at best). Reply +7
  • What Skyrim had that Fallout 4 lost

  • frightlever 27/10/2016

    @dflynnigan "The point is, in each of those previous fallout games you could also play a miscellaneous criminal - if you wanted. You still got to choose who you were before the game started."

    Only through your Perk selection - which I will concede, though it was essentially fluff, but FO4 gives you a blank slate. Ex-military and a dad describes everyone from MacArthur to Noriega. It's such a bland backstory (akin to "tribesperson", "vault dweller" or "courier") it's virtually invisible. It's not at odds with the games that preceded it.

    And in FO4 you can play however you want for the most part. There's no good or bad way to play. It just seems most people didn't dig very far.

    My gripe is that Fallout and the Elder Scrolls games have ALWAYS been different. In one you have a backstory right from the off and THAT backstory (tribesman, vault dweller) is woven into the main story, whereas in the ES games you are a blank slate wandering into a story that doesn't reference your personal backstory (which only exists in the player's head).

    The article is basically saying why wasn't FO4 more like an Elder Scrolls game. Some people are like, yeah, why not? Other people are, yeah, FO4 is nothing like the original FO. They're agreeing with something which is incorrect, and they don't see it.

    They're reading the words and making up a backstory for the article in their heads.

    I dunno. I just find it interesting.

    EDIT: I will say this, I do wish you could eradicate the Minutemen as an option in FO4. Previous Bethesda games allowed you to kill NPCs, on the understanding that having done so you'd never finish the main quest. I would have loved that as an option (maybe after deciding on a different faction) just so I could crucify Preston.
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  • frightlever 27/10/2016

    See, this is why people scare me. They read something they agree with so they approve of it, despite it being incorrect.

    In Fallout you were the vault dweller sent out to recover a water chip - a mission which you could fail.

    In Fallout 2 you were the Chosen One, sent out by your tribe to save the village.

    In Fallout 3 you were the Lone Wanderer searching for his father.

    In New Vegas you were a courier (called The Courier... I dunno...) who was trying to track down the people that tried to murder them.

    In Fallout 4 you were also looking for a family member, but spoilers, so mumble, mumble, as it's still relatively new.

    The Elder Scrolls games? You're a miscellaneous criminal, go nuts. Every one of them.
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  • frightlever 27/10/2016


    Skywind (the Morrowind remake) in the Skyrim SPecial Edition:
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  • frightlever 27/10/2016

    Elder Scrolls games always let you play a mysterious man with no name and no past, while the Fallout games always gave your character a backstory, so huh?

    Combat in FO4 was better than in FO3 or NV. But I got bored of it after about a hundred hours. 330 hours in Skyrim and I will probably be playing the Remastered version tonight. To be fair, I never was a HUGE fan of any of the earlier Fallout Games, apart from Fallout Tactics which I know isn't canon but I loved it.
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  • GAME charges people to try PlayStation VR in its shops

  • frightlever 24/10/2016

    @JesseDeya All those stipulations are probably to make it easier for Game staff to swipe your wallet. Reply +2
  • Inside PlayStation 4 Pro: How Sony made the first 4K games console

  • frightlever 21/10/2016

    BTW, Sony have a patent on their checkerboard rendering technique, in case anyone is wondering why other companies aren't doing this. I anticipate more Lawyers rolling around in swimming pools full of money as other companies develop their own techniques. Reply +1
  • NX is now Nintendo Switch, a portable console with detachable controllers

  • frightlever 20/10/2016

    Is that Skyrim running natively or does this thing act like a Steam Link? There's no technical reason it couldn't as it's basically an Android tablet, right? Reply 0
  • Lethal VR is the next game from the creators of Burnout

  • frightlever 20/10/2016

    @sizu_sizu PSVR is estimated to sell about 2.5 million units by Xmas. They've already sold "many hundreds of thousands" according to Sony - which has to be at least half a million. Reply +7
  • frightlever 20/10/2016

    Looks like it'd be fun for an afternoon.

    But, that's how it is.

    When CD-ROM first became popular on PC, everyone thought that interactive movies would be the future of gaming. It took a while for that to settle down and use all that storage for something apart from FMV.

    You've got to wade through a lot of 7th Guests to get to a Witness, or something. VR will be the same.
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  • Rick and Morty co-creator's first VR game is out now, for free

  • frightlever 19/10/2016

    @Jyden "The Body VR is an educational virtual reality experience that takes the user inside the human body."

    If they tacked "for the first time" on to that description, that'd be a pretty sweet virginity slam.
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  • Candy Crush live-action game show coming to the US

  • frightlever 19/10/2016

    I like how physical game shows have come back into fashion. It's nice that people who would normally be laying on a sofa, balancing a curry on their belly while watching Eastenders, are now getting the opportunity to do something which'll raise their pulse.

    The international version of It's a Knockout is probably due a reboot, now that the idea of European harmony is on the way out. We can get back to laughing at foreigners in giant costumes being knocked over by high pressure water hoses.
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  • Valve refutes gambling commission's accusations of illegal activity

  • frightlever 19/10/2016

    @I_Am_CatButler "the value of Sterling isn't tied to anything"

    Tied to an anvil right now, amirite?

    Too soon?
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  • frightlever 19/10/2016

    Someone got an intern to find out why new, young gamblers weren't lining up to play the slots at the reservation Casinos and discovered CS:GO gambling sites. This got escalated to a sit-down with a local political representative at a titty bar, leading to some behind doors head-scratching about what was to be done to keep the lobbyist money flowing. The result being some meaningless press release to show that "something" was being done, when really, nothing was being done. Reply 0
  • Hearthstone announces new mode with $10 entry fee

  • frightlever 19/10/2016

    @Dysonism "This mode is not for me. Way too expensive to consider. But it will make for good streamer fodder."

    Yeah, dunno why but the thought of watching games with money on the line does appeal to me. Like watching TV poker, I guess.
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  • Stars align for Diablo 4 reveal at BlizzCon

  • frightlever 18/10/2016

    I expect D4 will ditch that real money auction house and just go full-on selling skins, gewgaws and frippery - which is less than optimal, but inevitable.

    As far a RDR... given that GTA Online is the money cow, I suspect some people are going to be disappointed when the RDR sequel turns out to be a re-skinned GTAO focusing on gangs and posses instead of the single player experience people remember and love.
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  • Early 2000s teenage online dating sim Emily is Away is getting a spiritual successor

  • frightlever 18/10/2016

    An option not to have to "mash" the buttons would have been nice, and made the game more open to people with disabilities. Reply 0
  • New video shows how the Oblivion in Skyrim mod is doing

  • frightlever 14/10/2016

    @KingFunkIII Morroblivion was the old attempt to get Morrowind running on the Oblivion engine. No idea if it was ever finished. Skywind is the attempt to get Morrowind running on the Skyrim engine. Meanwhile, this article is talking about Skyblivion, which is attempting to port Oblivion to the Skyrim engine.

    On the surface Skyrim and Oblivion are similar - no levitate, no open cities on the map, but there are also complications.

    I've been playing some OpenMW recently, which is an open source engine to run Morrowind in. It is apparently less buggy than the original game and runs all the original and DLC files, and MANY mods, though not all. Again, you need to own the original game and DLC to play it.

    Once OpenMW gets a 1.0 release, which will include creation tools and probably won't be THAT far off, the sky's the limit for modifying the engine through mods to change just about anything you want, or make an entirely new game.

    I only played through Oblivion once. I think I resented it a bit after Morrowind, but there were some fantastic questlines. I hope Skyblivion happens.
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  • frightlever 14/10/2016

    @Cahmbos "Wouldn't that kinda be like piracy? The quests & storyline? I assumed they're going to use the same voices too."

    On PC you have to have both games installed, so some original assets can be reused. No idea how that would work on Xbox One.
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  • Unionists want Mafia 3 banned for "sick glamorisation of terrorism"

  • frightlever 13/10/2016

    @SpaceMonkey77 "I've seen 12 Years a Slave, Amistad, Django and others, and while my kin have suffered cruelty at the hands of others"

    Dude, just stop forcing them to watch boring movies.
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  • frightlever 13/10/2016

    @andrewsqual "Yeah? I'm Irish catholic and I'm not moving to Lisburn beside Belfast anytime soon for fear I will be murdered by unionists."

    No idea why you're singling out Lisburn. I don't think there's been a sectarian murder of a Catholic there for about a quarter of a century.

    Not that Jeffrey Donaldson isn't a prick, mind you.

    And I see there's an explanation about the cars not actually being used in a bombing campaign, because if anything was going to stand out in Belfast during the late 60s early 70s, it'd be whale-like American cars parked anywhere.

    Oh, and yeah, they SHOULD have banned that season of Sons of Anarchy. It was beyond parody, from the 50s hovels everyone was living in to the shoot-outs with the PSNI armed with M16s.
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  • Jeff Minter is re-imagining urban legend Polybius for PlayStation VR

  • frightlever 07/10/2016

    Good to see he's still hard at work re-making Tempest. Reply +17
  • Gambling commission is cracking down on Valve over third-party skin gambling sites

  • frightlever 06/10/2016

    @jammers101 "Iron Soldier in an comment has pointed out that despite consistent ethical breaches he is invited back again and again. I have to wonder what he would need to do to be uninvited."

    It's obviously important to Iron Soldier, I just don't think it's all that important in general.

    What's he been convicted of? Has he ever been fined by the FTC?
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  • frightlever 06/10/2016

    What "Syndicate" did was stupid and illegal but he's not exactly Jimmy Saville. I expect the invitation for EGX was outstanding from the previous year, and he hasn't been convicted of anything yet. Let the justice system run its course before grabbing your pitchforks.

    And how is a game with 20 million players, a small fraction of whom will be visiting gambling sites, generating a billion dollars for CS:GO Lounge? That'd be bigger than League of Legends. How do you report something like that without context?

    FWIW Washington State tends to come down heavy on on-line gambling, and coincidentally they have an influential Native American Casino lobby.
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  • Skyrim and Fallout 4 will receive mod support on PS4

  • frightlever 05/10/2016

    @Scimarad "I'm pretty sure what that mean is you can't upload custom models, textures and stuff like that. There's nothing stopping you making your own quests, companions, houses and dungeons etc.

    An awful lot of PC mods only use the existing assets."

    Depends whether sound files count as external assets - because that would kill most companion mods, unless they just stuck to text. It would mean PS4 players would miss out on Herman.
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  • No Man's Sky subreddit shut down, community erupts

  • frightlever 05/10/2016

    @JoelStinty "In my day game forums were full of nice people, it was all very nice and full of interesting discourse."

    I've been using online chat since Micronet's Chatline in the 80s and you are wrong. Even before that Usenet was famous for its flame wars.
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  • Sunless Sea director announces digital board game Cultist Simulator

  • frightlever 30/09/2016

    @Mike1980 "I wonder why not make an actual board game."

    Because there are a hundred times as many potential players for a digital boardgame than a physical one and you don't have to deal with Chinese printers and injection moulding companies.
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  • What do you actually do in games?

  • frightlever 30/09/2016

    Any definition that makes Virginia a game, would imply the Viewmaster is also a game.

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  • Introducing Breakaway: Amazon's esports game by the Killer Instinct devs

  • frightlever 30/09/2016

    @Cyber6 "You don't need lanes or grunts to be a MOBA. Maybe the description doesn't paint a clear enough picture of the gameplay, but this definitely sounds like a MOBA."

    Based on the gameplay video it definitely doesn't look like a typical team shooter, but not really what I'd call a MOBA either. I guess these definitions are flexible.

    I suppose if you're making an e-sports game these days you're going to want to be compared to LoL rather than Quake Arena.
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  • frightlever 30/09/2016

    @riceNpea "I expect Jeremy Clarkson DLC at some point."

    Quite possibly an announcer pack. Why not? He's not averse to a bit of violence.
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  • frightlever 30/09/2016

    @benshambrook "That sounds a lot like a MOBA...."

    Arenas, no lanes, no grunts. Sounds nothing like a MOBA. It's a team shooter.
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  • Is DayZ still coming out on console and, you know, WTH is going on?

  • frightlever 22/09/2016

    Arma 3 is no 15 in most played games on Steam, and you can bet a chunk of that is Exile, which has eaten DayZ's lunch.

    Good article. Enjoyed it. I hope people actually read it before blaming Dean Hall for the problems in future.

    Anyway, sounds like people buying DayZ were funding a new engine, which will eventually be used for DayZ and probably Arma 4 shortly thereafter. So... I'm sure early accessers are happy about that.
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  • BioShock's fascinating but inescapable failure

  • frightlever 16/09/2016

    @Rogueywon "So Bioshock basically spends most of its main narrative arc flailing at a straw-man."

    I thought that was deliberate.

    Anyway, didn't read the article, watched the old video from July but stopped after a few minutes because now I want to replay it again.
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  • PlayStation announces job losses at Sony London, San Diego studios

  • frightlever 15/09/2016

    @obidanshinobi "Wouldn't it be a better idea to keep those talented staff that have already worked on PSVR games and maybe have them continue to help in the development of more VR games ?"

    You'd think so. Does make me wonder if PSVR is going to be as popular as I thought it would be.
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  • Dean Hall of DayZ fame is making a big new multiplayer game

  • frightlever 14/09/2016

    @sizu_sizu "Sorry Bertie, but I don't think you should be covering this chap. There are far more talented developers out there crying for promotion."

    I think people expecting an employee to stay with their employer for three years longer than they want to, are disconnected from the real world.

    He was on a temporary contract with Bohemia when he made a mod which became popular. Bohemia wanted to make a DayZ standalone and Hall stayed on until there was a team in place, then he went home to New Zealand. He owes buyers of the game nothing.

    But all he's delivered is a one man mod and a fancy VR demo. His development chops are pretty sketchy so encouraging people to invest their interest in his products is probably premature.

    Meanwhile, folk who bought Arma 3 have been playing rapidly expanding mods of all shapes and sizes which far outstrip anything seen so far in DZS.
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  • Zachtronics' new game Shenzen I/O promises the joys and frustrations of engineering

  • frightlever 14/09/2016

    @Devox "Make this and TIS-100 compulsory in all schools I say. Proper edutainment."

    That would be a great idea. Even if it only sorts out which kids might be advised to focus on computer programming as a career.

    "Although computer savvy kids today probably think its a piece of piss. Its us oldies that find them difficult."

    I think most kids today know less about computers than kids from the 80s who were attracted to home computers, which typically had a programming language built in and programs to transcribe from magazines. Computers these days, increasingly supplanted by phones, are magic boxes to 99% of kids.
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  • How to upgrade PC copies of BioShock, BioShock 2 on Steam

  • frightlever 12/09/2016

    @Peew971 "worth pointing out that Infinite stays the same on PC but gets remastered on consoles."

    Probably because the PC version is still pretty respectable, even now. I suspect the "remastered" version on console IS basically the PC version.
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  • Apple iPhone 7 more expensive in UK - blame Brexit

  • frightlever 08/09/2016

    @Kables a factor in the exchange rate was investment in sterling as a hedge against the dollar. With uncertainty people sold sterling for dollars again. It's a popularity contest, which only partially reflects the economy. You shouldn't worry about exchange rates, they go up and down and largely self-regulate.

    Meanwhile business confidence, reflected in the FTSE 100, is almost at a 12 month high.
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