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  • Valve adds thumbstick to latest Steam controller prototype

  • kangarootoo 24/07/2014

    "it wanted to replicate the experience using its trackpads"

    So I guess that... didn't work.
    Reply +1
  • Yogventures dev to "dissolve" following Yogscast-backed project failure

  • kangarootoo 23/07/2014

    @Diablo13

    "While I might have had some sympathy with Vale if he had lost HIS OWN money, I have NO sympathy with him because he lost OTHER PEOPLES money through his own negligence!"

    Quite right.
    Reply +3
  • kangarootoo 23/07/2014

    Every time this happens, it kills confidence in crowd funding. When people take money from things like Kickstarter, they are taking on a wide responsibility. To say "business men / women we are not" is frankly no f*cking excuse. If you don't know the first thing about business, why are you accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from people? Either go to business school, find a partner who knows what they are doing and put them in charge, or get a job at a company that knows what they are doing.

    "The experience for me, is one of deep regret" Regret is a start, but beyond regret, you should also be feeling deeply ashamed. This result could have been predicted by anyone with the inclination to do a decent amount of planning. I'm not really a business person, but I don't need to spaff away a load of someone else's money for me to realise that. Did they seriously need to lose $150k to discover that "business men / women we are not, and that's the biggest lesson learned"?

    Your takeaway shouldn't be "the biggest lessons we learned", it should be "we lost the money given to us, because we didn't do our homework, and we're ashamed".
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  • Bungie forced to pay $95k to ex-Halo, Destiny composer

  • kangarootoo 22/07/2014

    Good news. Reply 0
  • Doom 4 is an oldschool reboot, just called Doom

  • kangarootoo 18/07/2014

    @frazzl

    Well, level design of course. That seemed to be the point being made, and the discussion that followed.
    Reply 0
  • kangarootoo 18/07/2014

    @Haydar

    "Doom is linear"

    Not the Doom I remember.
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  • Microsoft is shuttering Xbox Entertainment Studios, original programming

  • kangarootoo 18/07/2014

    So "shuttering" is the new "sunsetting"? Really?

    ..... reads on. Hang on. MS didn't say shuttering (as I assumed), EG said shuttering. Have you gone MAD?!
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  • Video: Why do Japanese games tell you characters' blood types?

  • kangarootoo 18/07/2014

    Good discussion. Thanks for those that replied and in particular those that gave me links. I shall try and get through them :) Reply 0
  • kangarootoo 17/07/2014

    @Manic_Miner

    Thanks for the link.
    Reply +1
  • kangarootoo 17/07/2014

    @lone_wolf_uk

    Cool, thanks for explaining. I thought it seemed out of character :)
    Reply 0
  • kangarootoo 17/07/2014

    @lone_wolf_uk

    Sorry, are you explaining the thinking behind the myth, or are you saying that you think it is true?


    "Even DNA doesn't control personality, although it does have an effect"

    That could do with a link of some sort.
    Reply 0
  • Blurred lines: Are YouTubers breaking the law?

  • kangarootoo 17/07/2014

    @@MattEvansC3

    I rechecked the lot of FD3. It is hard to call. 5 guys die, one in a torturous situation. 5 women die, 3 of which are in a tortuous situation. So on the fact of it, there are more female torture deaths, but that is quite a close number. I have also assumed that being shot with a nail gun is tortuous, but that being impaled by a flagpole is not. A third perhaps related point is that the first two female deaths take place at the same time, in the same situation (I realise the ethics of me combining those two, and considering the sum to be less that the parts, are highly questionable).

    So I recognise the imbalance you point out. I doubt it was conscious on the part of the writers, but it is still unfortunate (and may also have been unconscious on the part of the writers, which can definitely happen, and would also be rather unfortunate). I'm inclined now to watch the whole series again and make notes on this subject (Jesus, that is macabre, but my interest is peaked).


    Sorry everyone else who doesn't know what I am talking about. This is way off subject, and a bit gruesome.
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  • kangarootoo 17/07/2014

    @MattEvansC3

    Look, you aren't taking the time to full read and understand what I've taken the time to write, so I'm going to take the short route and ask you to reread my recent posts, paying particular attention to the point I make about professional intent.

    At no time did I say that somebody not familiar with the subject material would give an unfair review. In fact I said the exact opposite, and referred to professional intent as the intention to do fair justice to the review.

    I agree that familiarity with tropes can result in overlooking flaws, but if that is a reflection of the key audience it is STILL a more accurate review for that reason.

    Lets just take fairness out of the discussion, as the intent to give a fair review is not something any of us seem to be disagreeing over.


    All that said, kudos for understanding the tropes of a genre you're not into (Lewton Bus in particular, extra points if you know where the reference comes from without cheating). I shall also go recheck FD3 via wiki, as it is not one I've seen for a very long time, and I may have overlooked your observation.
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  • kangarootoo 16/07/2014

    @EricJohn004

    Aww, fanks :)
    Reply +3
  • kangarootoo 16/07/2014

    @Sir_Walter_Rally

    "To a 10 year old?"

    Look you, get to a dictionary. Go straight there, don't stop on the way. This is making the scientific vein in my neck twitch badly.

    A subjective opinion is not an empirical measurement. Good and Bad, whether applied to someone's acting props, or the flavour of a milkshake, are not objective measurements. They are subjective, SUBJECTIVE I tell you!

    So if someone says Mister Seagulls is a good actor in their opinion, they are right insofar as they are telling you their opinion (unless they are simply lying about their feelings on the matter). You can't say that they are wrong, because their opinion is subjective.


    Say it yourself every morning when you brush your teeth. Look at yourself in the mirror, and say "subjective, subjective, subjective" (if you summon something evil, I take no responsibility).
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  • kangarootoo 16/07/2014

    @Sir_Walter_Rally

    "So, someone can subjectively say Steven Seagal is an outstanding actor - and be right?"

    The answer is obviously yes. And if you disagree, you simply need to familiarise yourself with the meaning of the word "subjective".

    Subjective needs context, objective is empirical.

    If I tell you the water is exactly 40.2 degrees Celsius, my measurement is objective. If I tell you the water is hot, that is a subjective measurement.

    If I tell you someone is 6'4.5" tall, that is objective. If I tell you they are tall, that is subjective. If 10 billion people all say the same person is tall (the consensus I mentioned earlier), it is STILL a subjective opinion because the word "tall" is not and shall never be an objective measurement.


    As for how you would behave if you were a professional film reviewer, again at the risk of repeating myself, you are talking about intent. I already agreed that professional intent would serve your review well, but all the professional intent in the world would not account for your lack of familiarity with the subject matter.


    Example. You ask me to review a yacht for your sailing magazine; specifically you ask me to review the yacht with regard to its handling in stormy weather. With the very best of intentions, my review would still be poor, as I don't know anything about sailing and therefore CRUCIALLY I would not be able to identify, understand, measure and compare the aspects of yacht handling that the readership would consider to be important.
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  • kangarootoo 16/07/2014

    @Sir_Walter_Rally

    I agree that good reviewer can look past their own feelings about the subject matter, but they may not necessarily be able to gauge how a fan of the material would feel watching the same film.

    "The dialogue was a bit slow at times, but the moment where Gandalf cried over the death of Mogwin the tree imp reminded me of how the Purple Paladin had sworn off smoking when he saw the damage caused to Paper Town, and I was choking back tears along with the rest of the audience".

    I clearly made that shit up to make a point. Here is another one closer to home. I love the Final Destination series. It is a series with its own tropes, honed to a sharp point, and it is those tropes that make it what it is and have resulted in a pretty decent fan base. If you aren't a fan of Final Destination, you won't give me a fair review of a new FD film, because you won't see the things in the film that I find appealing, and can't therefore measure it against the other films in the same regard. You will of course literally see the same things with your eyes, but I believe you won't be able to measure them (or maybe you won't have even seen the other films, because in this hypothetical example, you don't like them and have never watched them).

    The issue is not having a professional intent; the issue is understanding the material well enough to measure its subtleties. Professional intent will result in a good review; familiarity with the material in addition will result in an even better one.


    Edit: "Shit films are shit films though, and can be spotted by someone who isn't a fan of the genre." Nonsense. May I say it one thousand times more. Subjectivity is subjectivity, and consensus no matter how widespread will ever make it objective.
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  • kangarootoo 16/07/2014

    @Hyrulian

    "Yeah, you mean sponsored, so say sponsored"

    But it doesn't mean sponsored. It means that Nintendo supplied the kit used for that particular review. Games are supplied free of charge to publications for review all the time, and nobody calls it sponsorship... because it isn't.

    To say it was sponsored would have been MORE misleading.
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  • Starcraft, Guild Wars and State of Decay designer reveals MOBA Gigantic

  • kangarootoo 16/07/2014

    @Ezzekhiel

    I half agree, but setting a high goal is part of what gets you to a good place. If your goal is to make the best online game ever, and you have some talented people, you might reasonably expect to make a very good one. If your goal is to make "an ok online game", then where can you expect to end up?

    Saying it in public does make them seem a tad arrogant I guess, but if saying it out loud helps get their team geared up and ready to do their very best work, it is no skin off our noses really.
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  • PS4 system architect Mark Cerny working on a new indie game

  • kangarootoo 14/07/2014

    @BordorFox

    Seriously, calm down. You like Knack, excellent, good for you. Others don't, and that is also allowed.

    The first thing you had to say about it was people who are bashing it need help. Way to ad hominem the subject out of intelligent discussion and into playground insult slinging, which is exactly what happened.

    Insulting people that don't share your subjective preferences is immature, simple as that. So take a breath and consider how what you write next will represent you.
    Reply +7
  • kangarootoo 14/07/2014

    @BordorFox

    Whether Knack is aimed at kids or not isn't really the point. Many people familiar with reviewing kids games, and some people experienced in developing them, had problems with Knack.

    I think Cerny is excellent, but that doesn't mean I also think Knack is good. It isn't terrible either, but it is middling and has been bettered by other "kids games".
    Reply +4
  • It's early days, but Sunless Sea is already fascinating

  • kangarootoo 14/07/2014

    @labtoy

    Great news. Do keep us informed as your opinion develops, won't you.
    Reply +9
  • kangarootoo 14/07/2014

    Rather curious about this. A friend of mine has played a lot of Fallen London, and can't say enough good things about it. Reply +2
  • Autobiographical adventure Coming Out Simulator 2014 sure is tense

  • kangarootoo 13/07/2014

    This is a good thread. Well done. That's all. Reply +4
  • Train Simulator dev signs Flight Simulator deal

  • kangarootoo 11/07/2014

    @superdelphinus

    :OOOOOOO

    I know that emoticon doesn't work. Just imagine all of the mouths combining, into one super huge face going "OMG" sort of thing.

    Bring on the consumer headsets (or Crystal Cove).
    Reply 0
  • kangarootoo 10/07/2014

    @Benno

    If MS do a pro flight sim again, and it eventually has consumer Rift support, that will be me back into PC gaming, done, straight away, no question.
    Reply 0
  • Watch Dogs has shipped over 8 million units

  • kangarootoo 10/07/2014

    I sort of liked WD, but the sequel has some important improvements to make. More variety in side missions, and a plot that isn't contrived, over complicated nonsense. I finished it, but I was kind of glad it was over. When it worked it really worked, but compared to something like AC4 it has a very long way to go (the first AC was bitty though, and AC3 was guff, so I expect good things in WD's future. Reply +3
  • Forget the Get Rich or Die Tryin' approach, Capy boss tells indies

  • kangarootoo 10/07/2014

    @Bluetooth

    His entire point is that the occasional blowout success distorts peoples' understanding of the probability of having a similar kind of hit.

    Flappy Bird is an anomaly, an exception, a rarity. Setting out to have a hit of that type is like setting out to win the lottery. Flappy Bird's success was a result of many factors, most of which were beyond the control of its developer. It was a fluke.
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  • kangarootoo 10/07/2014

    @organicpeach

    It isn't about him telling anyone to give up, he is simply giving good business advice to a room full of business people.

    You can absolutely throw everything into one basket, absolutely go it alone, absolutely go for it with both hands, absolutely throw everything into creating a single hit that you hope will make you millions.

    All he is saying is that if you do that, you will almost certainly lose your money and go out of business. He is right.

    If you want to make games for fun, go for it, do whatever drives you. But if you want to run a sustainable company that gives stability to its employees, you need a proper business plan that is made from more than dreams and belief, because they don't keep the lights on when the money runs out.
    Reply +1
  • Cliff Bleszinski starts studio with Guerrilla Games co-founder

  • kangarootoo 05/07/2014

    Still ZZZZzzzzzzzz

    Sorry.
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  • Inside Sniper Elite 3's Rebellion, Britain's best guilty pleasure developer

  • kangarootoo 03/07/2014

    @E1

    That post you linked to in no way proves the keys weren't stolen. It is actually supposition on the part of cjs-cdkeys (who obviously have a motive).

    I'm not saying the keys definitely were stolen, but I am saying that article adds nothing factual to the discussion.
    Reply +2
  • kangarootoo 03/07/2014

    @Deionarra

    "The fuck they had to launch the case"

    No, they really, really did.

    Seriously, stop being angry, and just look into it. Why wouldn't you? It is already clear you don't currently understand trademark law, that ship has sailed. So just do a bit of legwork, and look into it.
    Reply +1
  • kangarootoo 03/07/2014

    @Deionarra

    When Rebellion said that trademark law required that they pursue the case or lose their trademark, they were right.

    You should research trademark laws, and then form your opinion. Or you could not, and just continue to call Rebellion pond scum without understanding the case, 'cos learning is boring right?
    Reply +2
  • eSports organisation under fire for male and female-only tournaments

  • kangarootoo 02/07/2014

    @bobomb

    Good link, and disappointing. Bloody people, sticking in their fat heads and making life miserable for others for no damned reason. they are the reason we can't have nice things.
    Reply +4
  • kangarootoo 02/07/2014

    @spamdangled

    Good clarification.

    That makes it even weirder, and rather worse.
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  • kangarootoo 02/07/2014

    @bobomb

    "and provider a safer environment for them"

    Good grief, what does that mean? Do you get people in chess audiences shouting "show us your tits"?


    I completely understand why female only competitions exist, but I also think they are solving the wrong problem. If mixed chess tournaments aren't a safe place for female competitors, the solution is to make them safe places for female players, not to move the female players somewhere else.
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  • kangarootoo 02/07/2014

    @GajKnight

    "How about a male, female and mixed option? Surely that'll sate everyone?"

    I seems a reasonable suggestion on the face of it, choice is good right? But in practice it is still segregation, and I don't think it would work.

    The mixed competitions would (hopefully) be eventually viewed as the only ones that really mattered. Because if the choice exists, and a player chooses a gender segregated competition, they could quite reasonably be accused of trying to attain a hollow victory by shielding themselves from a section of players.


    The bottom line here, is that every Hearthstone player that takes their game seriously, and wants to be regarded as the best in their field, should go on record saying they want mixed gender competitions. Then they can all say with complete integrity "bring it on, all competitors are welcome, I'll beat them all regardless of gender because I am genuinely the best".
    Reply +3
  • kangarootoo 02/07/2014

    @CalamityRaven

    "If you don't like it, don't sign up. It's their competition and their prize money."

    If you don't like it, don't ride the bus.

    Seriously, you need to just stop for a minute, and give this whole situation a bit more thought.
    Reply +12
  • kangarootoo 02/07/2014

    @CalamityRaven

    "It's not like they're stopping women from entering the tournaments"

    That is EXACTLY what is happening. A woman, no matter how good she is, cannot enter a tournament that proves she is the best player in the world. She can only play against other women. And if by other means you could determine that the current reigning champion is a man, women are prevented from challenging and defeating that current champion.


    "No, both men and women have a tournament, that's not discrimination."

    You really need a new dictionary. I return to my previous example. Black people can't sit on the white bus, but it isn't discrimination, because black have their own bus that they can use. Still think your statement makes sense? Of COURSE not.
    Reply +14
  • kangarootoo 02/07/2014

    @JeffJeff

    "but if its more like 70/30 the chance of a skilled woman winning is overwhelmed by the skilled men"

    In the same way that the chance of a any individual skilled man winning is also low? Is that not the very nature of what competition is?

    I don't think this was at all a malicious decision, but it is a silly one. Chess competitions shouldn't be segregated either.


    An easy example, to help explain the situation. Replace the word female, with black. Imagine segregating black players into their own competition? Imagine the response if the justification given was "there are less black players, and we want to give them a better chance of winning"?
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  • Steam revokes 7050 stolen Sniper Elite 3 codes

  • kangarootoo 01/07/2014

    @Deionarra

    "This Steam key debacle smells of Rebellion doing some underhanded shit."

    It isn't a Steam key debacle. Some Steam keys were stolen. That is it. Conspiracy theory over.
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  • kangarootoo 01/07/2014

    @ziggy_played_guitar

    What on earth are you saying?
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  • kangarootoo 30/06/2014

    @FuzzyDuck

    If you unwittingly bought a stolen disc, and it was discovered as such, the police would take it from you. So when you say that would be the end of it, what you mean is you would likely get away with it.

    Regardless of what is stolen, and regardless of whether you knew, buying stolen goods does not make you their owner. That is the law. You can't blame Steam for this one.
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  • Cliff Bleszinski says he's "coming out of retirement"

  • kangarootoo 30/06/2014

    ZZZzzzzzzzzzz Reply +6
  • The sickening side of the Steam summer sale

  • kangarootoo 28/06/2014

    A few thoughts on the matter (I'll even number them for the couple of posters that struggle with reading more than 50 words).

    1. Was chatting to some friends recently about what having wide ranging choice does to our consumption patterns. The example I used was Netflix. When I was young there was 3 TV channels, and you watched what you were given. Eventually more turned up, and you could easily record broadcast TV, but you still to some extend had to watch what you were given. This meant even with personal preference, you watched a wide variety of content. Films, serials, documentaries, the news. Now with Netflix, I found the result of always being able to choose, is that the type of thing I watch narrowed greatly. Crappy action films, US dramas, that was almost exclusively it. I realised I hadn't watched nature documentary for ages, something i used to watch a lot of when I was young, and I still love them. I'd just forgotten, because of choice.


    2. If all games were sold only in sales, their rrp would effectively have dropped by 50+%. Is that sustainable I wonder? I realise very much that seller price as high as the market can bear, that is just capitalism, but I wonder whether sale prices would be sustainable if there was no full price launch window? If people stopped buying the biggest titles at full price, and always waited for the sales, would there still be big titles? Would they move more toward IAP if they knew that purchase price was no longer a strong source of revenue? I know we all like sales, and someone will get annoyed at my suggestion that them becoming the norm could have negative side effects, but lets discuss.


    3. Everyone I know who uses Steam has a pile of games they will never play. Every single one of them. Humble bundles and sales come along, and they chuck another 5-10 games on the pile, over half of which will never even be booted. There is common saying in discussions about piracy, that not every pirated copy is a lost sale. It would seem we are now reaching the point where not every sale is actually a player. Could an online game that features in a Steam sale know that 1m sales is not 1m active players (which for a game that has to pay to support each player, is oddly kind of good news). What a strange world, where you make a game, and get paid for it through sales, but know that a potentially huge number of your customers will never play it.



    I think I'm done. Sorry to those that don't like paragraph breaks. Here is a picture of Noddy as compensation.

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  • Oculus accuses ZeniMax of trying to cash in on $2bn Facebook deal

  • kangarootoo 26/06/2014

    @metamorphic

    Zenimax refused to support Rift? Their case notes seem to contradict that.

    Regardless, if Oculus' only defence is that Zenimax are being opportunists, they will be in trouble. A legal case is in the making, one that rests on establishing who owns what, and that is what I am talking about, not whether Zenimax are likeable or not.
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  • kangarootoo 26/06/2014

    @Liuwil

    You seem to be letting your low opinion of Zenimax get in the way of your understanding of the facts of this case.

    I read the document fully, and it doesn't "portray" anyone as anything, rather it sets out a clear history of the case. The only question is whether the history represented is accurate or not. That is what the court will focus on, not whether Zenimax are a "bunch of lawyers" or the prime of ruthlessness (turns out ruthless companies have the right to be fairly represented by the law also).


    "their entire case is based on the fact that Carmack contributed to Rift while still working at id Software"

    Well, yes, yes it is. That is indeed a huge part of their case. If you are declaring that as a fact (which, you just did), then you are surely saying that you think Zenimax are right, and will rightly win the case?
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  • Video: Sniper Elite 3 live stream

  • kangarootoo 20/06/2014

    The game audio is really quiet. Reply 0
  • kangarootoo 20/06/2014

    I thought the first two games were mostly rubbish. I still really want this one to be good, as I've no problem at all with the conceit.

    Edit: oh, hang on, I'm thinking of Ghost Warrior. Sorry Sniper Elite people, sorry, sorry sorry. I found Sniper Elite 1 and 2 to be tricky, but considerably better than the Ghost Warrior games.
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  • Should Early Access DayZ be in Steam's Summer Sale?

  • kangarootoo 20/06/2014

    "Please don't contact me about why DayZ went on sale. I am on holiday."

    Fixed.
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