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  • 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."
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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.

    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


    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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