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  • The Eurogamer Podcast

  • jonbwfc 02/02/2016

    Was that a stealthy 'The Matrix' quote from Aoife?

    Also the whole 'Division extraction point mexican standoff' thing may be interesting and exciting the first time but the 50th time someone dumps an hour of your game time down the bog it's going to be a massive pain in the arse. The problem with making a system where people are allowed to be dicks is... a lot of people actually are dicks. I still remember one of EG's more bizarre articles where they interviewed a bunch of self-proclaimed griefers and tried to sell them as being somehow harmless and amusing. The comment thread there was on the vociferously critical side, even for EG.
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  • Is it time for a PS4 SSD upgrade?

  • jonbwfc 23/01/2016

    Given the effect of the SSD looks quite variable, how about a further article where you do less in depth tests but with a much larger selection of games? Reply +2
  • Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann on why Uncharted has to end

  • jonbwfc 20/01/2016

    I hope they do properly finish it. All great stories need a great ending. Nathan Drake's story may not have been the most original one ever told but it remains one of gaming's great adventures. It would be such a shame to close on a sour note of some sort. Reply +2
  • jonbwfc 20/01/2016

    @MrPomeroy 'Just look at her. Feelers are off the charts!'

    I'm not sure that means what you intended it to mean :D
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  • The Witness costs 29.99, pre-orders now live

  • jonbwfc 20/01/2016

    Not available on the playstation shop to order yet. I am surprise. Reply +1
  • Is your PC really VR-ready?

  • jonbwfc 15/01/2016

    Betteridge's Law Reply 0
  • Finally, tide turns in war with PC game crackers

  • jonbwfc 08/01/2016

    @Tuco No, No no.. One at a time..

    - Piracy keeps indirectly prices in check.
    No. Pirates aren't paying anyway, so they have no influence on price. The logic 'if we make it cheaper they'll pay rather than get it for free' is so patently absurd as to not be worth talking about.

    - Piracy discourages abusive anti-customer practices.
    No. Pirates aren't consumers. The industry doesn't give a flying fig what they think because they aren't giving it any money anyway. What discourages anti-consumer practices? Consumers complaining. People getting refunds (*cough*batman*cough*). peopel going elsewhere for their stuff.

    The notion 'if we treat them badly they'll pirate it' is childish at best. If a company treats a consumer badly in a industry where pirating is physically impossible, the consumer either stops buying the thing or goes to an alternative supplier and then the company will have to pay attention. That can happen in games if piracy is zero just as easily as if it isn't.

    - Piracy allows people who could never afford to purchase legit stuff anyway to be at least marginally part of the cultural impact of media in many forms (literacy, music, movies and tv, games, etc)
    No. You have no way to measure what the 'cultural impact' of anything is and therefore no idea whether not having access to it has any cultural effect at all. Aside from the fact there is plenty of free stuff in each of the categories you mention anyway. And call me weird, but I'm not sure FIFA 16 is changing our culture to any degree at all.

    - Related to the last point, piracy create future customers in people who can't afford media but will be able to someday.
    No, because never in the history of humanity have people gone from getting something for free to paying for it willingly. People who grow up pirating games will just carry on pirating games.

    You can use those arguments to justify piracy to yourself if you like, but please don't try and convince the rest of us they're at all valid.
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  • Pimped game controllers with bullets and diamonds - who makes these things?

  • jonbwfc 08/01/2016

    @Big-Swiss That was my immediate thought too. Question to the peopel saying 'He's made a business, fair enough' - is there any evidence in the article he has? As far as I can tell, he's giving away pretty much everything he's producing? There doesn't seem to be anything in the article saying he's making a living doing it. So far he seems to be marketing a 'brand' in the hope of making money from it in the future, but nothing that suggests he actually is.

    And of course, EG have just given him advertising for free... assuming it was free.
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  • GAME blames low last-gen sales for pre-Christmas slump

  • jonbwfc 23/12/2015

    @MattEvansC3 well you'd struggle because Game won't be open on Christmas day, hardly any shops are. You could go to Game on Boxing day, or you could order from Amazon on christmas day with next day delivery, probably still for less money (definitely less if you have Amazon prime). The one caveat may be whether Amazon have stock in house or not.

    Or you could go to a supermarket on Boxing day and, again, get it cheaper.

    There really is no good reason to use Game these days. No good reason at all.
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  • jonbwfc 23/12/2015

    @Sildur 'GAME continue to rely on the ignorance of parents who will go straight to their store and pay a premium rather than look around for better deals.

    Well maybe that's finally changed and kids are informing their parents of better places to buy games.'

    Maybe the parents are now the gamers who were the first generation of kids to figure out that Game was a ripoff. You'd only have t be in your late 20's... Game's business model maybe had a limited lifespan anyway...
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  • Elder Scrolls Online Irish customer service office closed and 300 jobs lost - report

  • jonbwfc 19/12/2015

    @Bowzer43 That statement does nothing to prove or disprove the paper's report. It says they laid 50 people off in August but doesn't mention recent changes at all.

    So it's rather like me asking you if you posted on Eurogamer this morning and you reply 'I posted on Eurogamer last week'. It may well be a true and accurate answer, but it's irrelevant.

    You have to point out that if there had been no recent changes they could simply have said so but they didn't. It doesn't prove there have been, but it's somewhat suspicious.
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  • PlayStation Experience 2015 keynote live report

  • jonbwfc 05/12/2015

    Hob looks kind of interesting. Reply 0
  • jonbwfc 05/12/2015

    Destiny Wipeout. Just makes the fact we don't get actual wipeout that much harder. Reply 0
  • jonbwfc 05/12/2015

    VR crazy taxi with zombies??? Reply 0
  • jonbwfc 05/12/2015

    REZ! REZ! REZ! Reply 0
  • Quantic Dream addresses Beyond PS4 skin tone changes

  • jonbwfc 05/12/2015

    @Cyber6 'Well if it can start a controversy then I think that sort of proves it's interesting enough to publish.'

    No, it really isn't. You can start a controversy over things that are entirely trivial, as in fact this is a perfect example of.

    An article about the portrayal cultural diversity in gaming would in fact be interesting. But that would require research, thought, time, effort and money. An article that is basically 'Look, this minor character's skin colour has changed in a retooled version of this game. I hope that's not RACISM' is about as interesting as a blank sheet of paper.
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  • Watch: Chris teaches Aoife how to play XCOM: Enemy Unknown

  • jonbwfc 01/12/2015

    I didn't realise Aoife was so sweary :D Reply +3
  • Rainbow Six: Siege open beta delayed

  • jonbwfc 25/11/2015

    @Blackmarsh63 "Better late than "oh we'll release it anyway and maybe patch it at some point""
    Er. They haven't delayed the release. At least not yet. I think the chances of it launching in a state that's actually not fully fit for a public beta is roughly 50/50.
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  • Watch: Are we getting tired of re-releases?

  • jonbwfc 21/11/2015

    I find Aoife's claim 'remakes are OK because right now there's nothing to play' utterly bizarre. We've just had two of the biggest releases of the year in the last fortnight. Maybe as a games journalist you get bored of a game inside a week, but the idea people are sat around in such a fug of boredom they should be happy with by-the-numbers rereleases is just.. bonkers. Reply +27
  • Street Fighter 5 sparks "censorship" debate

  • jonbwfc 10/11/2015

    You know how we're trying to get rid of the whole 'hardcore gamers are misogynist 13 year old boys' thing? How we keep having to say that it's an unrealistic stereotype? This isn't helping. Reply +2
  • Assassin's Creed: Syndicate is the UK's number one game

  • jonbwfc 26/10/2015

    Impressed with Lego Dimensions being at no. 6 with the ludicrous pricetag it's got.

    (That is to say I'm entirely unimpressed. You idiots).
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  • Watch: When should we review games?

  • jonbwfc 24/10/2015

    The most obvious answer to the question is surely 'before they're on the shop self'. Anything after that is secondary. Reply +32
  • Watch: Hands-on with the Steam controller

  • jonbwfc 17/10/2015

    I have a games PC and a Mac for everything else. Bought both the controller and the Steam link streaming box. Both PC & Mac have Steam installed - there are some games the Mac will do and that are cross-buy so why not? Had an email from Vale this morning which said effectively

    "We're really sorry, the steam link and steam controller don't work with Macs yet. We're working on it. If you want to send the kit back for a refund email this address, we'll arrange to pick it up and refund your purchase. Whether you send back or not, here's a free licence for every game Valve have published and also a free licence for any game we may publish in the future."

    As it happens I don't plan to send it back as it'd still work with my games PC but well done for the way they've dealt with it, basically. Compare and contrast with some other publishers who ship out products that don't work properly day one..
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  • Uncharted: Remastered, revisited, reassessed

  • jonbwfc 09/10/2015

    Fantasic piece @Oli.

    I wish more classic games had this kind of longer term considered analysis of their influence on the medium. We've had games for 40 years now, it's big enough and mature enough for a journalist to trace & present interesting progressions like this. Have the HALO games humanised their hero, or the reverse? Are the COD games becoming more desensitised to their own and the real world's violence over time?

    There are 'several 'bodies of work' that could stand that.
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  • PS1 at 20: The making of WipEout

  • jonbwfc 29/09/2015

    @StooMonster I've still got one of those flyers. And the one they had to withdraw that implied WipEout gave you a nosebleed :D Reply 0
  • Bungie stamps out Destiny's Three of Coins exotic engram exploit

  • jonbwfc 25/09/2015

    @FuzzyDuck No, not usually. But there's always a lot around the time a new expansion comes out. I think outside that it's about one patch every couple of months.

    Of course that could still be every time someone boots the thing up :D.
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  • Video: The highs and lows of Tokyo Game Show 2015

  • jonbwfc 21/09/2015

    Look, OK, I know video is a thing now. But really? This would have been perfectly fine as a text article those of us who at the time don't want to stream a video could still read. Knock yourselves out, have BOTH. Reply +29
  • UK chart: Super Mario Maker 2nd, Tearaway Unfolded 33rd

  • jonbwfc 14/09/2015

    Obvious (and possibly stupid) question : Do these charts include sales on PSN & XBL? Tearaway Unfolded looks like the kind of game people would buy digitally rather than via a physical release. Reply +4
  • Alexis Kennedy on: The Labyrinth

  • jonbwfc 12/09/2015

    @gooner77 do what? Reply +3
  • Video: Metal Gear's storyline explained just in time for Metal Gear Solid 5

  • jonbwfc 22/08/2015

    Well done for even attempting to rationalise something they patently pretty much made up as they went along. Reply +1
  • Chinese console crowdfunding project manages to rip off PS4 and Xbox One

  • jonbwfc 17/08/2015

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  • Video: Where's the hype for these huge games?

  • jonbwfc 13/08/2015

    People not being engaged by the hype must be somewhat worrying for a website that pretty much relies on the advertising revenue generated from people clicking on articles designed to feed that hype. So I can imagine this is something that's bothering you guys.

    Sadly, I see no particular reason why the consumer should join you.

    People seem to have figured out that you don't need to buy a game on release day, in fact doing so often leaves you open to all sorts of inconvenience due to the industry's patent lack of interest in shipping fully functional products. Therefore previews and etc are entirely superfluous - there'll be plenty of footage and opinion online when the game hits the streets, and it will be accurate to the game we can actually buy and play. No punches pulled, no stone unturned.

    If you want to continue to get the clicks and views you need to survive, maybe in the long term it's as much in your interests for the industry to produce products that justify the anticipation and early purchase as it is in the consumer's interest.

    Maybe you should consider who your friends really are?
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  • There's a new Warhammer 40K game coming this autumn

  • jonbwfc 13/08/2015

    There's a new Warhammer 40K game ...
    Well that's the least surprising headline this year so far.
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  • 450 Halo 5 Pink Mist Edition has an actual Needler gun

  • jonbwfc 04/08/2015

    a Halo 5 special edition that includes an actual Needler gun
    It kind of doesn't though, does it?
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  • Bungie ditches Destiny's Dinklage dialogue for Nolan North

  • jonbwfc 04/08/2015

    The crazy bit isn't that they hired Dinklage and that they're now replacing him with North, it's that they hired Claudia Black - Claudia Freaking Black - and got her to voice a character that has about four lines and who you never, ever actually need to talk to. What the heck was that about? Reply +2
  • PS4 keyboard / mouse controller replicates PC FPS-style gaming

  • jonbwfc 27/07/2015

    87? For a cheap mouse and half a keyboard? I sincerely hope each one ships with a complementary slap round the face. Reply +1
  • Video: How to make your own video game

  • jonbwfc 18/07/2015

    Are the FFVII remake and Shenmue sequel that Aoife is using as examples of the problem in the game industry the same FFVII remake and Shenmue sequel that Aoife was losing her proverbial **** over on twitter during the Sony conference? Slightly contradictory positions, one might have said. Reply 0
  • Limited edition Forza 6 Xbox One makes car noises when you turn it on

  • jonbwfc 24/06/2015

    @iceytoa1 Not always

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  • Microsoft E3 2015 conference live report

  • jonbwfc 15/06/2015

    "Join us at *gulp* 2am for that one."
    Err...no.
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  • jonbwfc 15/06/2015

    Technically it's AR, not VR... Reply 0
  • jonbwfc 15/06/2015

    The map thing is very cool, but that's not how you play Minecraft... Reply 0
  • jonbwfc 15/06/2015

    I can't imagine the hololens demo is going to work all that well on a 2D screen. Reply 0
  • Destiny: The Taken King release date leaked

  • jonbwfc 09/06/2015

    I'm inclined to be nice to Destiny - sunk a lot of hours into it for the money and really don't share the hate - but if that's effectively 'Destiny 2.0', it's a pretty shoddy offering. If all they're adding is a new super per class and some re-usage of existing content, that's certainly not worth 35. Reply +13
  • XCOM 2, Lego Worlds and Ark: Survival Evolved - The Eurogamer Show #11

  • jonbwfc 06/06/2015

    You felt it was a good idea to bitch about someone else getting an exclusive on camera? really? Reply -9
  • XCOM 2 announced for PC this November

  • jonbwfc 01/06/2015

    Um. I'm all for more XCOM but I guess we'll see. I'd rather have had at least one screenshot that looks a bit more 'tactical game' and a bit less 'third person shooter'. Reply +4
  • Video: LGBTI characters in games are important

  • jonbwfc 29/05/2015

    Having watched the video, I'm not sure it makes it's case very well. Not that I don't believe characters of every race, religion, orientation etc don't have place in games - because they have a place in games the same way they have a place in the real world - however I think some of the arguments it uses to try to justify that position are quite flawed. Any piece that starts off by telling straight people 'not all tv shows films and games are made for them' - i.e that having an expectation of representation doesn't mean you do get represented - then argues that other group's expectation of representation deserves be fulfilled isn't a great piece of logic. I can kind of see where it's going but y'know..

    Neither frankly is the fact that some friend of Aiofe's didn't quite understand what 'Cucumber Tofu Banana' was about anything to do with the argument at hand. "one of my mates is a bit daft so we should have more representative casts of characters in games" er, pardon?

    There's one really great argument for having more varied casts of characters in games and it's simply this - it makes games more varied and interesting and essentially better for everyone. I'm all for whatever people the story teller feels like telling me about and the more it makes me engage in their world the better and I find myself more engaged by worlds full of people that aren't.. generic. That can be in appearance, that can be in character, it can be in sexuality, it can be in a multitude of ways. Going for the simple option is lazy and the more lazy the industry becomes, the closer it will be to burning out it's audience and crashing again.

    There is another argument that the video does make in a reasonable way that making games more inclusive is just good for games and gamers. I'm in favour of that too. And finally there is also the simple moral point that we shouldn't be excluding people just because they're not like the majority. I'm not about to tell anybody what their morals should be, but that's a position that people should be free to shout for.

    But sadly I think the video really doesn't make any of those points all that well. I have no problem with the message, but I think the presentation was a bit poor. When I saw the title I was hoping, maybe expecting, something better. Sorry :(.
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  • Destiny: House of Wolves review

  • jonbwfc 27/05/2015

    @imagonnawin The keys are earned by something approaching farming yes. But the keys are only required to access the single super loot chest at the end of a PoE run - there's still some pretty reasonable loot to be had at the end of the run without a key and you still get House of Judgement rep, which can get you some pretty decent loot from Variks.

    Plus once you know the ether chest locations they're pretty quick to farm, I think the event that spawns them happens every ten minutes or so.
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  • Battlefield Hardline's disappointing campaign is more Bad Boys than The Wire

  • jonbwfc 17/03/2015

    Experience has taught us not to jump the gun when it comes to online games these days.
    Ha!

    As such, our full review of Battlefield Hardline will be here next week, once we've spent some serious time in the game's multiplayer modes on post-launch public servers
    'less than a week' != 'serious time'.

    Those who refuse to learn the lessons of the past...
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  • Nintendo NX is "new hardware with a brand new concept"

  • jonbwfc 17/03/2015

    Hi, we're Nintendo and we've never heard of the Osborne effect Reply +3
  • Digital Foundry: Hands-on with Sony's near-final Project Morpheus

  • jonbwfc 04/03/2015

    @malloc I don't think it's strange to think that some people simply won't get on with the level of immersion when the game experience is quite 'visceral'. But imagine the Sony game 'Flower' in VR - fantastic. Reply 0