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  • Is this our next great dystopia?

  • frightlever 09/12/2017

    "Funded in part by a $502 million investment from Japan's SoftBank last year"

    Is this accurate? Jesus, it is. I done a Google. Jagex is going to be using SpatialOS. Huh, the money that's out there, right?

    Anyway, I played a MMORPG over a decade ago called Seed. I don't think it even made it out of Beta - it was supposed to be a co-operative game about maintaining a space station and eventually colonising other worlds. I think.

    Now THAT Seed was made by Runestone Game Development... and Jagex makes Runescape... co-incidence?

    Yeah, obviously.
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  • Odd war of words erupts in the messy world of Star Control

  • frightlever 05/12/2017

    Assume that Brad Wardell is a creepy asshole and form your opinions accordingly.

    That's his account, on his own platform.

    And let's not forget this:

    The sexual assault accusation against Wardell that Alexandra Miseta doggedly clung to for three years, despite a million dollar counter-suit that alleged she "destroyed" marketing materials. That ended in both suits "going away" and a formal apology from Miseta.

    Wardell had basically said in the past that he feels no compulsion to make his workplace a safe space and if his employees don't like his "humor" they can hit the road.

    An ACTUAL Brad Wardell quote: "I am an inappropriate, sexist, vulgar, and embarrassing person and I'm not inclined to change my behavior. If this is a problem, you will need to find another job."

    And, a little later in the same email: "I'm not some manager or coworker of yours. I own the company. It, and your job here, exist to suit my purposes, not vice versa. The company is not an end unto itself, it is a means to an end which is to further the objectives of its shareholders (in this case, me)."

    These aren't leaks. These are comments he's perfectly happy to stand behind.

    So, ya know if Ford and Reiche are suggesting they're having difficulty dealing with Wardell, I'm not going to shoot them down. For all I know they're crazier than a box of frogs, but I can't see any evidence of it, meanwhile I'm barely scratching the surface on Wardell.
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  • The mod that kept S.T.A.L.K.E.R. alive

  • frightlever 04/10/2017

    @Fallout Well... Stalker AI is pretty bad. If someone could fix that the game would be perfect. Reply 0
  • Creative Europe spills beans on games including The Chinese Room's Little Orpheus

  • frightlever 24/08/2017

    "Elex 2 will receive a €150,000 grant, comprising 9 per cent of the game's total budget"

    So, the total budget for Elex 2 is only €1.7 million? I'm assuming the bulk of the development cost was already sunk into Elex 1, and the sequel is basically an expandalone.

    Looking forward to Elex - hopefully it's another over-ambitious quirky hot mess, like the Risens.
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  • No Man's Sky update 1.3 adds 30 hours of story, multiplayer-lite and much more

  • frightlever 11/08/2017

    @emysdk "Anyone know if you need to start a new game to get the most out of this update? I hope not, given how much I'd done already..."

    I have the opposite problem. I wanted to start afresh but couldn't actually see a way to start a fresh game last time I looked.

    May need to play offline in order to stop cloud saves being available. I dunno. A restart option in the menu would be nice.

    I'd much prefer to start from scratch as the game was more interesting early on anyway and it seems like a good opportunity to explore the new story missions.
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  • Dean Hall's Stationeers due September

  • frightlever 03/08/2017

    @SpaceMonkey77 If DayZ had never happened, someone else would have invented it (and it would have had a rational UI). There's a LONG history of survival games on PC, arguably going right back to UnReal World in 1992.

    I don't think it's remotely fair than Dean Hall, a contractor a Bohemia, gets any grief for leaving a company he had no stake in, but DayZ and the Arma 3 mods that came after have been improved enormously by dedicated modding teams that most people have never heard of.

    DayZ Standalone is being left in the dust by the current Arma 3 mods.

    So, yeah, Dean Hall, not a villain but with no real track record of finishing a successful game at this stage.
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  • Valve issued its biggest banhammer in history following Steam Summer Sale

  • frightlever 11/07/2017

    @spamdangled Naw, Jeff is a geek and clearly meant 40 x 1024. That's 1010000000000000 bans. In binary. Reply +18
  • Oculus Rift and Touch bundle just got a massive discount

  • frightlever 10/07/2017

    Hopefully they're clearing stock before announcing a mk2 (pure speculation) with wireless connectivity. Reply +2
  • Jelly Deals roundup: £20 off Amazon Prime, 4K TVs, Nintendo Famicom Mini and more

  • frightlever 01/07/2017

    That £20 off Prime is for new members only.

    I was pretty pissed off when the price of Prime went up, but I picked it up last "Prime Day" for £59.99 and made a note to cancel before renewal, but the Twitch stuff (the free channel sub and the free games and in-game loot) is tempting me to stay.
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  • Is Annihilation Mode enough to save Dawn of War 3?

  • frightlever 27/06/2017

    @Zero_g "The interconnected story mode where you have to play each faction's specific mission before the next might help with exposition and story but it seems laborious."

    Know which other game did that? Total Annihilation: Kingdoms, the little remembered follow-up to the original TA.
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  • frightlever 27/06/2017

    Most people played DoW2 solo. It has a committed MP community but most copies were sold to people who never entered a MP lobby. Few people played either co-op or MP. Check out the Steam Achievements, which while hardly authoritative are certainly representative.

    MP gaming is big and they should have marketed a WH40k MOBA for what it is instead of half-assing it, while at the same time giving existing fans what they wanted, a SOLO DoW3 with a meaty campaign.

    Every review has highlighted the MP focus, so the bulk of original DoW2 players have skipped it, and the ones who've tried it, apparently haven't been tempted online. Shocking.
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  • TumbleSeed is toning down its difficulty after only 0.2 per cent of players could finish it

  • frightlever 27/06/2017

    @UncleLou "Doesn't mean he stopped playing at the half way mark."

    It WOULD be helpful if he clarified whether he reviewed the game without finishing it. No mention of it in the original review.

    I don't see a problem with recommending a difficult game before you finish it, but you should be open about it.

    Only about 10% of players ever finished Dark Souls but I'm sure most of the people who played it for a while, even if they gave up over the difficulty, would agree it was worth it.
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  • Metro Exodus looks like the STALKER 2 fans have waited years for

  • frightlever 20/06/2017

    Yeah, but no. The reason STALKER is still being talked about is because it is incredibly mod-friendly, something that neither of the Metro games are.

    Still there's Call of Chernobyl (require a valid copy of Call of Pripyat) and Lost Alpha (totally free).

    I haven't tried Lost Alpha yet but CoC with a bunch of addons was my obsession for the last few months.

    If they open the new Metro up to Workshop support or just modding in general then that'd be great but they're not talking about it so it doesn't seem likely.
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  • Why Dwarf Fortress started killing cats

  • frightlever 13/04/2017

    @Bratterz Johnny's cooking videos are about the only ones with any traction on your Youtube channel.

    Maybe cook a cat.
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  • Watch: Johnny cooks monster lasagna from Don't Starve

  • frightlever 12/04/2017

    If you're going to go rogue with the layering order why not just cook the pasta sheets in a pot and serve it, the sauces and some Parmesan in separate bowls and let people assemble it themselves willy-nilly?

    Ragu then pasta sheet then white sauce, repeat a couple of times then pile cheese on and top with sliced tomatoes and a little flag.

    EDIT: I've just Googled to make sure I'm not wrong and my order is the traditional order but thinking about it, Johnny's order does get around the problem of layering the ragu on top of white sauce on hard pasta sheets, which inevitably just smears the white sauce about. I may have to adjust my worldview. I see no one else doing it this way, and yet... it kind of makes sense.
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  • Thimbleweed Park review

  • frightlever 31/03/2017

    Yeah... I remember those games from yore and that interface is going to give me nightmares. You couldn't pay me to play one of those old school PnC games now.

    I don't even get why you'd have options for open/close/pick-up etc. when "use" seems to cover all that in context. I'm looking at him play the game and literally select "Look at" to look at things instead of just hovering the mouse over them. I am perplexed why people want to do this. It's not like there's a shortage of PnC games these days.

    At some point is there going to be a resurgence of FPS games without Mouselook?

    Also, the Leseter Dent "Master Plot": - very similar to the movie blockbuster template used these days.

    No idea why anyone is complaining about how the review was written. Compared to Ellie it's Tolstoy.
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  • Jelly Deals: Digital PC games discounted all over the place today

  • frightlever 28/03/2017

    Steam had a Metro Redux bundle with the two games at the weekend for a fiver, which isn't a great deal of help to anyone unless you've a time machine. But then you'd have time machine money and- wait, I feel like I've been here before... Reply +8
  • Just Cause dev's theHunter coming to consoles this year

  • frightlever 28/03/2017

    I really want a good game like this but put off by the Steam forum - yeah, I should know better.

    These days I mainly play Skyrim as a hunting game. I tried one of those Cabela Safari game demos and it was a bit much. I think I got eaten by an elephant or something. Not really the experience I was going for.
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  • Comic Relief's doing a 12-hour gaming marathon

  • frightlever 17/03/2017

    9am to 9pm on a Friday? Maybe they should have run noon to midnight. Reply +4
  • Costume Quest TV series to launch on Amazon in 2018

  • frightlever 13/02/2017

    Adventure Time has had an incredible run, so high hopes for this. Also, Bravest Warriors was great. Reply 0
  • Valve is making three "full" VR games

  • frightlever 10/02/2017

    There's still not an incredibly compelling reason for people to spend 20 hours a day in VR
    I don't think I've spent 20 hours total using my Vive since I got it last November. And I love VR, but we really need better, wireless hardware.
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  • Conan Exiles recoups development costs in a week on Steam Early Access

  • frightlever 10/02/2017

    Guess they didn't cock this one up.

    Does this use that weird directional combat thing that the Conan MMORPG had?
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  • Fighting game community in a flap over Killer Instinct teabagging ban

  • frightlever 24/01/2017

    You can gain a cunning psychological advantage by stabbing your opponent in the face. They'll ban that next. Reply -1
  • Game based on Warhammer 40,000's Necromunda announced

  • frightlever 18/01/2017

    @djarcas "No reports on the Dark Future game that came out in December?"

    I did a Google, and it looks like nothing much is happening. Definitely wasn't released, well not that I can see.

    Necromunda is basically the SF version of Mordheim, right? I assume they'll more or less just re-skin the existing game. Still, could be interesting.
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  • Alien: Covenant is getting its own VR game

  • frightlever 04/01/2017

    @ocelotr "I personally will never play such game on VR because i don't want to die bz heartattack, but it can be the "DEFINITIVE" Alien game."

    Having used my Vive for a while now, I've pretty much done every stupid thing you see on Youtube, including trying to lean on things that aren't actually there.

    The trouble with some of the spooky games is that when you're shocked or surprised you're more likely to lose your grasp on your real location, and where the cables are. Simply falling over is a big issue.
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  • Steam's Winter Sale is now live

  • frightlever 23/12/2016

    @Brainflowers Still worth it. Literally choked down a tear at one point. To be clear, not MY tear. It's also just a really beautifully put together game. If you get it, play with a controller. You can play with keyboard but it's not worth the hassle.

    @CaptainKid the Social Club version is regularly about £18 on Amazon for a download code. I'm not sure why anyone would want the Steam version (Workshop?) as you still need to register a Social Club account to play.
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  • frightlever 22/12/2016

    Life is Strange, complete for £3.99

    Steamworld Heist for £7.49 with discounted hats to boot.

    Aarklash Legacy is £1.49 - this is a Fantasy Mercenary Squad tactical game from a few years ago that was on the fence at the time, but for that price I jumped at it.

    Elegy for a Dead World is £2.49 - this is an arty writing prompt game... thing. I dunno, search for it on Steam and see what you think. Definitely different.
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  • The Eurogamer Podcast #24 - Time Commanders and the joy of Christmas

  • frightlever 20/12/2016

    @challenge_hanukkah "Are we going to get to see you in an episode?"

    He applied but played up the video game journalist aspect, which is clearly not what they want for the show. He'd have been better off claiming to have a team of dental hygienists who want to... get their teeth into it.
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  • frightlever 20/12/2016

    Which is also the problem with trying to go mainstream with a general gaming podcast. I listened to the stuff about Time Commanders, listened for a bit about Steep, then started skipping forward in the recording because it wasn't personally interesting to me.

    I would suggest that the number of people prepared to spend an hour listening to content about games for systems they don't own and genres they don't play, is going to be fairly small. Giant Bomb seems to have the most popular video game podcast on iTunes, but how many listeners is that really?

    The only video game "podcast" (they're a radio show!) I listen to regularly is One Life Left and that barely qualifies, as while the hosts are pretty funny they don't actually seem to be all that clued-in about current games, apart from Pokemon Go.
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  • frightlever 20/12/2016

    I'm pro-Wallace now after the second episode of Time Commanders. He's genuinely enthusiastic. To be honest I was only hesitant because I have a daytime BBC on in the background most days and he seems to be all over it.

    Re: Video games as a niche.

    (a) I don't think Time Commanders is a video game show to most people. There's no reference to the game or Creative Assembly or Sega, even in the credits - or not obvious enough for me to spot them. It's just a show using computer animation to portray the battles. They seem to go out of their way to NOT focus on the game-y aspects of it.

    (b) Half of the population regularly plays video games, but they're all playing DIFFERENT video games, so even though video gaming, as a hobby, is super mainstream, the individual games are going to appear niche to the players who aren't playing them. I've been saying for ages that lumping all video games and video game experiences together under one umbrella, and expecting everyone to get along is nuts. It's like assuming that someone will be interested in lawnmowers or mopeds just because they're into cars and they all have engines.
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  • Time Commanders is back on the telly, tonight at 9pm

  • frightlever 13/12/2016

    @HENGTEK-gaming "It's a person who's done a gender change. She used to be a talking head on the series 'Battleplan' and worked as a military advisor at Sandhurst. IIRC, her original first name was Aaron, or something, before the change."

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  • Ubisoft executives fined €1.2m for alleged insider trading

  • frightlever 11/12/2016

    Also, Billions is a really good show if this sort of thing interests you. Reply +1
  • frightlever 11/12/2016

    @adornedatom "Surely it would be better just to ban people from owning shares in companies that they are directly affiliated, because if you own something that you know is going to lose its value then the only logical response is to it out while you can."

    You're touching on some very important subjects and ones which have led to the catastrophic multiplication of management remuneration in large corporations, but it's also something relevant to tech start-ups. Corps pay senior management with stock options (ie the ability to buy shares at a discounted price), and many tech start-ups attract staff with shareholder incentives and stock options. It's part and parcel of the modern corporate world because there are enormous tax advantages.

    So, given that management and staff with shares in their own company are heavily incentivised to make it a success, you're unlikely to ever see that situation being banned.

    The problem with insider trading is that if you no in advance a share is going to go up or down, before it's common knowledge, or have privileged information which is not common knowledge and which is likely to affect a share's price, then you can't act on it.

    If you sell a share knowing full well that the next day the value will drop because of a game release delay or poor sales figures, then you've effectively cheated whoever bought your shares.

    The reality is you're more likely to predict bad news by looking at a share price, because the information leaks like a sieve HOWEVER it's next to impossible to prove that some fund manager was tipped off, whereas it's pretty easy to monitor directors' share dealing as they explicitly have to be made public by the company.
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  • frightlever 11/12/2016

    You don't get fined for allegedly doing something. You get fined when it's determined you did do something wrong. Now, there's the possibility that those findings will be over-turned on appeal (they probably won't) and if that happens then they're vindicated, but right now they've been fined for insider trading, not for alleged insider trading. Jesus. Do you not learn this sort of thing at journalism school? Reply +3
  • Dean Hall reveals "hard truth of VR development", announces new VR game

  • frightlever 08/12/2016

    @MilkYMoO "VR for the masses arrives next year and best of all you don't need an expensive or powerful pc to use it. I won't need to upgrade my pc, Woohoo!."

    Conspicuously absent from that article is any mention of games or gaming. I'm all for cheaper headsets, but by next year the next iteration of the Rift and Vive (and others probably) will be cheaper, but the PC required to actually power a game is going to be exactly the same as it is now, if not higher, because that's how gaming tends to work.

    To the PC the headsets just appear as a really, really big screen with lots of pixels at a very high refresh rate. There's no magic that's going to make a high fidelity VR game run on low power hardware no matter ho clever the headset is.

    I imagine Microsoft have their own idea what these headsets will be for, and are pitching the spec based on that, eg VR/3D movie viewers and similar, according to the article - so at best a cheap VR porn viewer. Really it's just a spoiling exercise, like announcing Scorpio a year and a half early to try and kill PS4 Pro sales.
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  • One Night Stand is suitably awkward

  • frightlever 08/12/2016

    @_TheDarkSide_ "My last one night stand was 15 years ago.
    .. She's still in my house."

    You have a basement?
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  • The bizarre drink driving Dead Rising 4 tweet

  • frightlever 05/12/2016

    Surely there'll be Dead Rising 4 in heaven. Reply 0
  • 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 +7
  • 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