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  • Disney says free-to-play action-RPG Marvel Heroes is shutting down

  • jonbwfc 16/11/2017

    'Have you ever ran a business? Or been so invested in the survival of a company?'
    Yes, I have, although recently, I've gone down another path. And in my case, it was the survival of myself as much as the company - if it had failed I'd have been on the streets. However when I ran that business I made sure the staff were treated fairly and not exploited. If you think doing 80 hour weeks and damaging your health for pay check ISN'T being exploited, whether they volunteered to d so or not, we have little to talk about.

    "There are a lot of c*nt executives in the world and in business especially, but there's nothing this exec said that isn't disingenuous. "
    I don't think you intended that to mean what it actually does mean, did you?
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  • jonbwfc 15/11/2017

    Marvel Heroes' former creative director, Jeff Donais, said that the layoffs "would definitely not be the fault of the internal men and women who actually worked on the game itself or served the customers [...] It was a real thing that people didn't see their families as much as they should, or sacrificed their health to work an 80-hour week when an important patch deadline was looming [...] The patch release schedule, especially when PC was the main focus, was aggressively insane."
    So, basically, “thanks for chucking your work/life balance in the bin, possibly making yourself ill or causing long term health issues, and for doing loads of voluntary overtime, here’s your P45.”

    Christ almighty. Even when video game executives are trying to be nice, they still come across like twats.
    Reply +21
  • LA Noire's Switch download version doesn't fit on a Switch

  • jonbwfc 02/11/2017

    Having played LA Noire when it first came out, I honestly don't think it's

    a) Worth the expense of buying MicroSD card (or a bigger one if you already have one)
    b) Downloading 14GB of stuff over wifi and using up half your internal storage space for it

    It's really, really not that good. Especially compared to some of the other stuff available on Switch. Buy Stardew Valley! It's a massively better game, takes up a fraction of the resources and costs a third of the money. Or spend an extra tenner on Mario Odyssey. Jeez.
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  • It took Nintendo Switch just six months to hit half the Wii U's lifetime sales

  • jonbwfc 30/10/2017

    'A few people have explained to me that the XBox and Playstation infrastructures provide certain QOL things that Nintendo don't have like party chat and the like, but I don't see these as deal breakers?'

    Simply put, I think quite a few people DO see those as deal breakers. There's a big difference between using a third party app for voice chat by choice and being forced to do so. Plus things like cloud saves are something people have come to rely on - although IIRC doesn't the latest switch firmware have something like that?

    I'm not sure they're deal breakers enough to stop people buying Switch entirely but they're certainly something people can legitimately point out as a shortcoming of Nintendo's online service, especially if they're still there once they start charging for it.
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  • Destiny 2 gets private matches early next year

  • jonbwfc 27/10/2017

    Dear God, just give me a way to manage the stuff in my vault, PLEASE. Reply +2
  • Ex-NeoGAF members band together to create new forum, ResetEra

  • jonbwfc 26/10/2017

    well-known faces such as Shinobi, Nibel, ZhugeEX and Emily Rogers.
    For a very specific definition of ‘well known’, anyway...
    Reply +33
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review

  • jonbwfc 22/10/2017

    @secombe pretty sure EG used to do this if somewhat infrequently. Reply +3
  • jonbwfc 22/10/2017

    Sadly, a few exploding units forced Samsung to issue a recall
    Yeah, I mean, it was only a few phones that exploded. Dunno why everyone made such a big deal of it frankly...
    Reply +7
  • The sad, slow death of Lego Dimensions

  • jonbwfc 18/10/2017

    Overpriced 'game to life' franchise based more around adult nostalgia than anything else fails to make long term impression? Shocked I am, shocked.

    Disney Infinity died a while ago and they had the Marvel and Star Wars licences for pity's sake. People actually thought this wouldn't go the same way pretty soon?
    Reply -3
  • A schism tears unofficial legacy World of Warcraft service Elysium apart

  • jonbwfc 18/10/2017

    @Rovient 'end up... partly tarnishing Blizzard's work and brand'

    I don't see how that holds in any way to be honest.
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  • Destiny 2's Monty Python emote pulled from sale

  • jonbwfc 16/10/2017

    Stop this emoting please. It is becoming silly.
    Reply +8
  • Shadow of War players are using tricks and cheats to combat loot boxes

  • jonbwfc 13/10/2017

    -5 points for not using a 'Here's a neat trick Orcs hate people knowing about...' headline. Reply +28
  • Officially licensed PS4 mini gamepad looks a bit like a Joy-Con

  • jonbwfc 12/10/2017

    Err.. so literally the only things that pad and the joycon have in common is they're quite small and one of the colour options is pink. Well done. Reply +25
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War review

  • jonbwfc 05/10/2017

    An aside : Can we please stop using the word 'sophomore' when referring to anything other than American college students? 'First' is a perfectly fine word that conveys the same meaning more than adequately and doesn't come across as a baffling piece of Americanisation and/or unnecessary pseudo-intellectualism. Reply +13
  • PlayStation VR getting updated headset

  • jonbwfc 02/10/2017

    @Mr_V on the version 1 PSVR, you plug your headphones into the inline remote which is about two foot along the cable from the headset. This makes cable tangle a bit of an issue. If with the version 2 you can plug your headphones directly into the headset that might reduce tangling somewhat. Reply 0
  • Blizzard launches mobile app for Android and iOS

  • jonbwfc 28/09/2017

    @hennagoinmad Er... don't you have to 'drag your corpse to the computer' (forsaken?) to actually PLAY the coop stuff with your pals anyway? I mean, I@m not saying it provides no information, it just doesn't seem on initial read that the information it provides is that useful... Reply 0
  • Destiny 2's factions arrive next week for a new in-game event

  • jonbwfc 22/09/2017

    @JiveHound Really? I've maxed out my Glimmer store (99.9K I think) and I've barely reached the endgame yet. What are you spending it on? Reply +1
  • iPhone X: Apple bets the future of smartphones on Kinect's failed tech

  • jonbwfc 14/09/2017

    @gorf 'Kidney for a phone'
    To be fair, I'm sure we all know people who would be more upset about losing their phone than losing a kidney.
    Reply -1
  • jonbwfc 14/09/2017

    @Robot_5 'um you can, are you daft, I do the pattern with one hand you fool.
    It's my thumb, I'm not standing on my head opening the phone with my nose.'

    Well obviously not, but then you're limited then by how far your thumb can move. So if you've got one of the larger phones your pattern would need to avoid the top third of the phone entirely, which makes it inherently less secure than it might be. I have roughly normal sized hands and I can't even reach the top third of a standard iPhone with my thumb, let alone an iPhone S or a Galaxy S.

    The idea swiping a pattern on a big phone using your thumb is, in terms of convenience or usability, equivalent to just putting your thumb on a certain place at the bottom the phone is, to put it bluntly, silly.

    This isn't about the iPhone specifcally though, I mean don't get me started on phones with fingerprint sensors on the back..
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  • jonbwfc 13/09/2017

    @reggy72 'In the early 90's I use to gawk at spending 1K on a car for gods sake.'
    OK, how much would spend on one in 2017? I don't think they had iPhones in the early 90's...
    Reply -1
  • jonbwfc 13/09/2017

    @Robot_5 Fair enough, but I can unlock an iPhone with a fingerprint reader while holding a coffee in the other hand. Can't do that with a pattern/PIN. Reply +1
  • jonbwfc 13/09/2017

    @furrykitty Presentation seems to suggest not. 'Identical' is a whole bag of rats though, even identical twins have differences that say their parents can spot even if no one else can. I suspect it's more exactly a case of 'if two people are identical enough, and identical twins are usually a whole lot more identical than people who aren't.'

    But then they wouldn't have had space to use the photo of evil twin Spock, which was frankly the best thing int he whole presentation.
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  • jonbwfc 13/09/2017

    @mrpon Interesting idea, but I suspect not. First of all Most of their waxworks aren't really that good likenesses :D and secondly in the presentation they banged on about 'attention' being required. I suspect they're looking for eye movement saccades or similar.

    In the presentation they had a quick image of a bunch of very realistic looking masks they'd made with a hollywood prosthetics artists that they claimed the system could tell from the actual person that had been modelled.

    (NOTE: Nobody outside Apple has seen this system in the real world yet, so it's actual accuracy and reliability is yet to be confirmed)
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  • Bungie removes "hate symbol" from Destiny 2

  • jonbwfc 13/09/2017

    @mrjoker129 I like the idea of an 'escape goat'. Like an escape capsule but more... goatey. Reply +6
  • How games often live in memory

  • jonbwfc 09/09/2017

    The one for me : I'd been playing a lot of Mirror's Edge, and as I was driving home from work one day I happened to look out across the city (Manchester in this case) and saw that all the massive cranes sticking out into the sky were exactly the shade of red used in the game to denote things you could run along. A very odd moment indeed. Reply +4
  • Absolver review

  • jonbwfc 30/08/2017

    @spamdangled @JiveHound It's not currently out for XBO. I don't know if it will be or not. Anyone? Reply 0
  • Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is sixth PlayStation exclusive to top UK charts this year

  • jonbwfc 29/08/2017

    @Bertie No, Hellblade (at least so far) is digital only. IIRC Ninja Theory said that allowed them to get it out at a lower price point, which they thought was a good idea. Reply +2
  • jonbwfc 29/08/2017

    @Bionic_Pixel From my reading of it, the EG designation of 'Essential' doesn't at all reflect or require commercial success. Otherwise FIFA and COD would get a 'Essential' every year when we all know that is far from true.

    'Essential' is there to recommend a game people should play, not the expectation people will play.

    In every medium - films, books, music, theatre etc. etc. there are wonderful, enlightening, through provoking works that are not intended to be huge commercial successes, they are there because people want to tell a story or provoke an emotion or.. whatever. And they never intend or expect everyone else to share that, but they know that the people who do will value it.

    I don't particularly want to get into the 'games as art' argument, but there is more to the medium of games - or at least, I for one hope there is more - than simple commercial success.
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  • jonbwfc 28/08/2017

    Someone want to post the link for that EG start of year "PS4 2017 exclusive release schedule is looking a bit thin" article again? Reply +73
  • EA gamescom 2017 live show report

  • jonbwfc 21/08/2017

    I think the BF segment is going on rather too long... Reply 0
  • We Happy Few will be a full priced retail game launching in April

  • jonbwfc 17/08/2017

    Er.. Is that 13th April 2018? That's a long way off that has already been in early access for a year. Reply 0
  • Destiny 2 will lock your loadout for some endgame activities

  • jonbwfc 14/08/2017

    @pelican_ That's nothing like what they're doing. They're effectively limiting you to one loadout, but that loadout can be anything you like.

    In D1 people developed the habit of carrying massive arsenals of guns round with them and picking a different one for each stage of the encounter they were in. I suspect that made the whole thing horrifically hard to balance from a developer standpoint. This is not saying you have to use gun x or gun y, this is saying 'pick the gun you want to use when you walk through the door'.
    Reply -1
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice review

  • jonbwfc 08/08/2017

    @kosmic2561 of course you can always back a save up to PSN then download it again if it gets wiped. Wonder if they've figured out a way to stop that... Reply +6
  • Destiny 2 blocks some popular game capture programs and Discord overlays

  • jonbwfc 05/08/2017


    A) Console player's money looks exactly the same as PC player's.
    B) Not as common as the inbuilt voice chat all the PS4 and XBO players use.
    c) Don't overestimate them either. As I say, Destiny sold multimillion copies without one single PC youtuber getting involved. Also there are PLENTY of people streaming Destiny stuff already on console, so it's not as if that market isn't catered for.

    The sequel may not do as well as the first game or it may, we don't know. But the idea it will somehow certainly fail because the version of the game on the platform which it hasn't been available before has tech issues for a group of people is laughable bollocks.
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  • jonbwfc 04/08/2017

    @ambershee Yeah, I imagine the sequel to a game that sold multi million copies will fail because a few PC youtube streamers have an issue. Reply +15
  • Pokémon Go developer postpones European events after Chicago problems

  • jonbwfc 31/07/2017

    Postponing a set of outdoor events into the European winter? What can possibly go wrong there... Reply 0
  • PlayStation Plus price hike announced for Europe

  • jonbwfc 28/07/2017

    @Zicoroen 'For the worst online network'

    Did I just hear someone at Nintendo shout 'Hold my beer'?
    Reply +9
  • Friday the 13th fans furious as studio moves on to new game

  • jonbwfc 25/07/2017

    I'd love it if Vic would take her internship a bit further and did more reporting than just writing articles based on something read online.
    Err... isn't that what 90% of games journalism is anyway these days?
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  • Overcooked: Special Edition spices up the Switch this week

  • jonbwfc 24/07/2017

    I have a feeling overcooked plus small, easily thrown controllers is a recipe for large repair bills. And possibly divorces. Reply +1
  • Pyre review

  • jonbwfc 24/07/2017

    I don't have a vocabulary to describe the audio
    Interesting excuse for a professional writer.
    Reply +1
  • Playing Civilization as Trump

  • jonbwfc 22/07/2017

    @Brave27heart Bless you for assuming the end of trump's term in office will be because he's reached the end of his legal period, rather than it being because he's caused Armageddon. Reply +3
  • Destiny 2 beta glitch gives you an infinite super

  • jonbwfc 19/07/2017

    Er.. this kind of stuff is exactly what a beta is for. Reply +10
  • Watch: 90 minutes of Destiny 2 beta gameplay

  • jonbwfc 19/07/2017

    @Mantis41 'Campaign'? It's one mission you clown. Reply 0
  • Riot blames Brexit for 20% League of Legends in-game currency price hike

  • jonbwfc 05/07/2017

    @LittleBigDave No, not true at all. Being 'right' and being 'in the majority' are two entirely different things. Democracy says 'being in the majority' means you get what you want but it has no bearing on whether you are actually 'right' or not at all.

    If 100% of the people voted that the moon was made of cheese, would they be right? And would the moon suddenly become made of cheese? of course not. Being right is provable by fact,not merely a measure of how many people hold an opinion. It is often knowable only in retrospect though.

    Whether the 52% are right about leaving the EU remains to be seen, mostly cos it hasn't actually happened yet. Whether the 52% are right or not may only be answerable in 15 or 20 years, by historians.

    Also : You patently don't understand how 'The Wisdom of Crowds' actually works. Clue : It doesn't work at all for yes/no decisions.
    Reply +4
  • PlayStation YouTube hosts Xbox One X Anthem footage with Photoshopped buttons

  • jonbwfc 04/07/2017

    @_LarZen_ I don't give a monkey's whether it's good or bad PR for either company, I don't hold shares in either of them so their fortunes aren't directly affecting me. As to it being false advertising, that's a pretty debatable point. It's not covered by any of the advertising statutes as far as I am aware (I'm trying to remember the details of the infamous No Man's Sky case, but I suspect even in that case it was inconclusive in these terms). It's not a product you can currently buy - yes you can preorder it, but frankly if you're preordering something this far out you're a fool - and we have had a similar situation in film trailers for years. Rogue One had a scene in the trailer that wasn't in the movie. Isn't that therefore 'false advertising"

    if you think it is false advertising, try making a complain to the ASA. I'll be very interested to see the outcome.
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  • jonbwfc 04/07/2017

    @_LarZen_ Or you know, they just don't care that much. The game won't be out for ages, and by the time it does there'll be plenty of actual in-game footage from it on every platform it's coming out on. So people will have plenty of chance of using actual footage to base their buying decision on.

    This only matters if you
    A) Order games years in advance
    B) Are so psychologically insecure you can't cope with the notion that early footage doesn't end up being representative
    C) Enjoy bitching about stuff on the internet
    D) The fact large corporations lie is a sudden revelation.

    "Footage of game that is miles away from release isn't quite what it appeared to be'. First. World. Problems.
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  • Overwatch is decreasing duplicate loot and adding new highlight options

  • jonbwfc 23/06/2017

    I'd be much happier with the loot crate system if you could cash in things you got but didn't want for coins. Even if it's a loss on what the cost to buy (say 50% of 'shop' price'). At least then I could cash in all the sprays I am never, ever going to use and buy something useful... Reply +7
  • PlayStation to sponsor London Pride 2017

  • jonbwfc 05/06/2017

    @CalamityJames It's pretty pointless to market specific games that way, since LGBTQ people buy pretty much the same games as everyone else.
    This kind of 'brand marketing' for Playstation is fair enough I suppose, but Sony have been doing this kind of thing since the original playstation came out.
    Reply +10
  • Looks like Destiny 2 will ditch Grimoire Cards

  • jonbwfc 22/05/2017

    @bigmalky "I'll wait for the user reviews, thanks."
    Yeah, because THEY'RE always so objective, well thought out and informative, aren't they?

    Jesus wept. Buy Destiny 2, don't buy Destiny 2, nobody gives a damn. But basing any decision at all on the collective idiocy of the internet is no way to spend your life.
    Reply +4
  • Destiny 2 gameplay changes, new features, beta details and everything else we know so far

  • jonbwfc 19/05/2017

    Collector's edition

    TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY QUID for what is almost certainly a 40 quid game, a 20 quid season pass and a 30 quid fabric courier bag???
    Reply +3