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  • 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
  • The Order: 1886 review

  • jonbwfc 19/02/2015

    @kinky_mong IIRC the Uncharted Vita game definitely did it, by making you rotate the vita around and using the gyros. Amusingly, it went utterly mental when I was trying to do it on a moving train. Reply +2
  • Evolve review

  • jonbwfc 16/02/2015

    @MrTomFTW Ah, a fantastic routine. God bless Bill Hicks, even though I suspect they never knew each other. Reply +1
  • Rich Stanton on: Requiem for a dreamer

  • jonbwfc 14/02/2015

    @Dizzy 'Why was Tim Shafer not grilled as hard as Peter Molyneux? He's just as 'bad'.

    Tim Shafer and Double Fine have produced several critically and publicly well received games. His kickstarter'ed project has shipped part one which most people seem to consider to be a satisfactory product. He hasn't shipped the later parts and therefore hasn't met his stated kickstarter goals

    Peter Molyneux and 22Cans have shipped two micro-transaction infested iOS games that were, frankly, not well received. His kickstarted game has yet to meet the larger chunk of it's stated goals while producing something (one of the previously stated iOS games) that wasn't actually mentioned as a goal. And, frankly, doesn't sound like it ever will meet the rest of it's goals.

    Shafer has done enough recently to convince people to give him the benefit of the doubt for now. Molyneux simply hasn't.
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  • jonbwfc 14/02/2015

    @Tomahawk 'But he keeps promising features that end up on the cutting room floor.'
    Read the article again. The example Rich uses is that he specifically played on Rich's interest in a feature that was never, ever going to be in the game at all. It never made it to the cutting room floor because it was never there in the first place and never would have been, but Peter used it to push Rich towards writing a favourable preview (and get a few pre-orders if you want to be cynical). This is not the innocent mistake you're suggesting, it is a simple deception, for which there is no excuse.

    And if you believe that it was a one-off and that Rich was alone in this happening to him, Peter has this amazing bridge he'd like to sell you. When it's finished.

    The fact is from now on, Pete has to deliver something absolutely excellent to get anything like any credibility back. Maybe it'll Godus, maybe it'll be Trails, whatever. But from now on, Pete has to over deliver or he'll keep getting a kicking. And what do you think the chances of that are?

    he's spent 15 years building a rod for his own back. he can hardly complain that he's finally been hit by it.
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  • Law & Order airs episode dedicated to harassment of women in gaming

  • jonbwfc 12/02/2015

    @dirtysteve 'Legally speaking, yes, there's responsibility, not agreement.'

    Is there? I was looking into this at one point and it appeared at the time that there was much argument that forum owners & etc should be accorded the same protections as legal 'carriers'. This was argued both for ISPs whose wires the data travelled over and website owners who had publicly editable content on their sites. The argument was in the same way as we don't hold the royal mail responsible for obscene items sent through the post, so there's no reason we should hold ISPs/web site owners liable for the content that other people put on their systems - beyond the duty to remove them or suspend transmission once legally required to do so . Has that issue been resolved? Can you point to some info on the resulting ruling?

    'In real-world terms, how long can you let it get uploaded before it become tacit approval?'
    If I send you a thousand emails, one of which with some child porn attached and they get filtered into your junk mail folder, does the fact you haven't deleted that one email within a certain period imply approval? Or just that you simply don't have the time and resources to look at every message in that folder. The ability of site hosts to vet every single piece of content on popular internet forums is marginal at best. If it was required, most web sites (including EG I suspect) would have to close their forums. The vast majority rely on user alertness to do the vetting for them. The law recognises that you can'r be held responsible for things if you can't reasonably be expected to be able to stop them.
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  • Contrast dev teases its next game

  • jonbwfc 09/02/2015

    Looks more psychedelic '60s than anything. Something like 'The Prisoner'? Reply 0
  • Microsoft HoloLens is a new AR headset computer

  • jonbwfc 22/01/2015

    @Ryze 'Wake me up when they have a working model to demonstrate.'

    The had a working model at the event. Numerous journos got to try it. There's another article on EG which covers that, have a look.
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  • See what Jak 2 would look like if remade again

  • jonbwfc 20/01/2015

    God, I so loved that level. I'd buy that game in a heartbeat. Reply 0
  • Google Glass is being removed from sale

  • jonbwfc 16/01/2015

    "My friends, my wife, my children thought I looked an idiot."
    He spent $1500 on a ludicrous gewgaw, he didn't need to put the glasses on for them to think that.
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  • Dying Light dev reveals 3D-printable zombie bikini figurine

  • jonbwfc 15/01/2015

    @kinky_mong

    You're too late. There's an illustration very much like that inside the issue they just ran that's sold like 5 million copies. But even they aren't crazy enough to put THAT on the front page.
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  • Warhammer Quest review

  • jonbwfc 14/01/2015

    Ultimately, though, the piecemeal structure of its content and pricing belies its digital roots as a mobile game
    Surely that's the wrong way round? The structure and pricing are the things that make it's 'digital roots' most obvious. 'Belies' = 'fails to give a true impression of', which is the exact opposite of what is meant, I think.
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  • Jon Blyth on: Barks

  • jonbwfc 11/01/2015

    @dopeonthetable I've had a similar opinion for a while but you've put it better than I could. EG at the mo definitely feels 'transitional'. The obvious thing to point at is Tom leaving and Ollie taking over. Whether EG's audience want the new version, well, guess we'll have to wait and see. Reply +1
  • jonbwfc 10/01/2015

    Wow. Hope the pub's a success. Reply +4
  • The Mad Catz LYNX 9 is part controller, part Transformer

  • jonbwfc 07/01/2015

    @marmaduke $299 without tax. $299 = 200, give or take. Add in 20% VAT and you're pretty much there.

    NOTE: This does not make the price any less ludicrous, there's no way I'd buy a controller that cost almost as much as a new console. But in this case I don't think we're actually being ripped off any more than the Americans, that's all.
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  • Destiny has had just shy of 13 million players

  • jonbwfc 24/12/2014

    @vincefairbairn Fair enough. But being slightly cynical I suspect an awful lot of people will have forgotten most of Destiny's actual problems by the time Destiny 2 comes out and will end up buying it anyway. There are several big game franchises that have been getting progressively worse for years but it doesn't seem to have stopped people buying them in their droves. Reply +4
  • jonbwfc 24/12/2014

    How many copies sold? How many are active?
    Does it matter how many active users there are? Why? It's not a subscription model.

    They don't need to keep people playing. Everyone buys Destiny, that's the money Bungie/Act expected to get. The total income is copies sold X price of a copy. Does it matter if that copy gets used every day, or sits on the shelves in CEX after a week? No, not a jot. They already have the money.

    It's relevant insofar as it's a limiting factor on how many copies of the DLC they're likely to sell but that's likely to be diminishing returns anyway, all DLC pretty much is. Plus the season pass means they've already sold a load of DLC to people who probably won't end up playing it at all.

    In fact, in purely cynical terms, Bungie/Aci's ideal situation is 13 million people buy it, nobody at all actually plays it. That way they get 13 million sales worth of profit but their ongoing upkeep costs (bandwidth, servers etc) are as minimal as possible. It's the 'The Producers' model to a degree, but it's actually true.

    So the game cost $500 million all in and they sold 13 million copies. Maybe a quarter of people already bought the DLC or the season pass. So that's probably north of $800m in income. They're in profit, almost certainly in tens of millions of profit.

    Destiny as a game has manifest issues. Destiny as a commercial product? Almost certainly a massive success.
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  • Final Fantasy 15 reveals first female version of mechanic Cid

  • jonbwfc 23/12/2014

    Folks who don't like Cid's design (or people like A. Sark who question female rep in games) just want devs to take a look at what they're doing and get out of the 90s. No insidious "agenda" here.
    While I'm actually in favour of the point, telling another person/group to change their behaviour because it doesn't match up to your political or societal beliefs is actually a pretty good definition of 'an agenda' in fact. It's not insidious insofar as it's pretty overt but other than that..

    You're unlikely to change someone's mind if you can't admit that's what you're trying to do.
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  • CVG to close

  • jonbwfc 19/12/2014

    Declan Gough, head of content and marketing at Future Games, Music and Film, said the "online audiences" of Edge, Official PlayStation, Total Xbox and CVG will all be folded into GamesRadar+.
    Wow, that's not arrogant at all is it? I think there's distinct possibility the gaming community will take up the option of not being 'folded into' your craptacular portal and will sod off to where it's better serviced.
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  • Ubisoft racer The Crew enters UK chart in sixth

  • jonbwfc 08/12/2014

    @Malek86 It's actually quite hard to find boxed Vita software any more, even when it's released. None of the supermarkets sell it and Game have pretty much abdicated it to. So it's either online (e.g amazon) or digital. And if you're going online to get it anyway... Reply +4
  • Katamari Damacy dev reveals new project Wattam for PS4

  • jonbwfc 06/12/2014

    Is that Fat Princess game a MOBA of some sort? Reply 0
  • PlayStation Experience conference live report

  • jonbwfc 06/12/2014

    Was that Ratchet for a second? Tell me there's a PS4 R&C coming. Please! Reply 0
  • jonbwfc 06/12/2014

    This looks genuinely awful. Reply 0
  • jonbwfc 06/12/2014

    Hipster beard! Reply 0
  • jonbwfc 06/12/2014

    Did they really just introduce Tim Schafer with the theme from The Muppets? Reply 0
  • Video: Touch control rage with Tomb Raider 2 for iOS

  • jonbwfc 05/12/2014

    Nobody mention the hand stand move... Reply +3
  • 2.44GB Destiny update goes live

  • jonbwfc 17/11/2014

    @Sunsprie You need to get armour pieces that have light scores on them. As your total light score increases, your level will go up past 20. IIRC blue or purple armour has a light score. Reply +4
  • Face-Off: Assassin's Creed Unity

  • jonbwfc 17/11/2014

    @BOFH_UK 'While I realise you need to get your reviews out as quickly as possible it's become very obvious this year that this doesn't always serve the game buying public as well as it could'

    well you see there's your mistake. You're assuming EG is there to serve the game buying public.
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  • Assassin's Creed: Unity launch beats Black Flag's in UK chart

  • jonbwfc 17/11/2014

    More surprised about how low Warlords of Draenor is to be honest. Multiplat game beating exclusive game? Not particularly a shock. A WoW expansion not selling crazy numbers? That's a surprise. Reply +12
  • XCOM: Enemy Within headed to iOS, Android tomorrow

  • jonbwfc 12/11/2014

    @Optimaximal "The game arrives as a new standalone app for its iPhone, iPad and Android device release."

    In the article.
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  • The seven year shadow left by Modern Warfare

  • jonbwfc 02/11/2014

    Compare and contrast the somewhat self-aware nature of the first MW with the ludicrous 'bro-esque' live action trailer for the latest one. I don't know if it's got worse in gameplay terms but it's certainly got much, much more stupid. Reply +22
  • Microsoft Band is a health-focused smart device for your wrist

  • jonbwfc 30/10/2014

    @Zomoniac 'Like a slightly oversized Fitbit instead of a watch'

    Fitbit Announced a new set of devices day before yesterday. The top range model is a smartwatch as well. Looks to cost about the same as this. Not due for sale until early next year though. Do a search for 'Fitbit Surge' for info, there's next to nothing useful on Fitbit's official site for some reason.
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  • Apple unveils iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, iMac Retina 5K, new Mac Mini

  • jonbwfc 17/10/2014

    This isn't the first mac with a 'retina' display. There's support already in the OS and most of the major apps. Reply +2
  • Bungie nerfs Destiny Auto Rifles, Vex Mythoclast, Rocket Yard

  • jonbwfc 14/10/2014

    @SeanBeansGravyBoat "if it makes the majority happy that most Crucible matches are going to become nothing more than a battle of who's best at hitting headshots with scout rifles"

    If someone can get lots of headshots with a scout rifle at the pace most people move around in the Crucible, they DESERVE to be winning matches.
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  • Destiny averages 3.2m players every day

  • jonbwfc 13/10/2014

    @bosseye You can improve your vanguard standing much more quickly by doing vanguard strike playlists once you hit level 20. Reply +1
  • Destiny developer Bungie calls for Iron Banner feedback

  • jonbwfc 09/10/2014

    @LittleMousy I've always assumed the special events rotate round in some way, so Iron Banner will be back again at some point (as will Queen's Wrath for example), so it's always worth accumulating points because you can add more 'next time round' and eventually get something useful from it.

    Anyone know if this is actually the case though?
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  • Sony "temporarily holding back" DriveClub's free PlayStation Plus edition

  • jonbwfc 08/10/2014

    @Dynasty2021 Really? What would be 'almost all'? Those apart from the ones who decided not to comment on the social part of the game because it doesn't really work unless you have tons of people playing it, being, you know, SOCIAL, which they didn't have because they were reviewing it before it went 'live' to the public?

    So in other words all the reviews that were talking out their arse?
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  • Disney removes Tiny Death Star without telling the developer

  • jonbwfc 07/10/2014

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  • EGX 2015 headed to Birmingham NEC next September

  • jonbwfc 01/10/2014

    Wow, someone bought EG a map at last. Reply -1
  • Destiny bug reveals expansion DLC

  • jonbwfc 29/09/2014

    @BigDannyH The expansions are 20 quid each and you can buy the 'season pass' i.e. both for 35, so they're not asking for around 60-70 for them. Reply -3
  • BioWare's Shadow Realms is a pleasant surprise

  • jonbwfc 29/08/2014

    fast like Diablo but third-person, closer
    Err.. Diablo is third person, and always has been .
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  • Forza Horizon 2 proves the driving genre is back at its best

  • jonbwfc 20/08/2014

    The obvious question is this - is it a 40 game with a truck load of content being behind further paywalls again? Reply -29
  • Battlefield Hardline single-player debuts, new multiplayer modes revealed

  • jonbwfc 13/08/2014

    @donniebox
    Payday showed how a difficult FPS genre like this could be done
    Quite so. The only thing this has over Payday is the engine. Other than that, from what I've seen so far, Payday did everything else better. And it's a what, three year old game by a small studio?
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  • Destiny's beta characters are being wiped

  • jonbwfc 11/08/2014

    @Cypher-Unknown I can see no reason to keep them, unless you particularly like listening to the opening screen music. Reply +4
  • Unsubscribe?

  • jonbwfc 02/08/2014

    Still, it's part of the new future of media we're all becoming resigned to
    Yes, because you've actually asked the consumers haven't you Martin? I mean more than the consumer who sits at the desk next to you? What? Really? Not even one?

    OK then.
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  • PlayStation 4 gets 3D Blu-Ray support next week

  • jonbwfc 29/07/2014

    Finally, you can now set your PS4 to automatically download "Featured Content" from the PlayStation Store while your console is on or in standby mode.
    Or I can keep my disk space and download limits for what I want to use them for i.e. sod off.
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