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  • Blizzard: WOW lost players to Conan

  • otto 01/08/2008

    And in other news, the Arctic told reporters that some of its birds had flown south for the winter, but most of them had come back now.

    Jeez Blizz...
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  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

  • otto 30/07/2008

    Oh God, me wanto much.

    Am I right in thinking you have to sacrifice an existing character at level 55 or above to create a Death Knight? Cos that is going to be a massive wrench. :(
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  • Dragon Age: Origins - E3 gameplay

  • otto 19/07/2008

    Wow, looks pretty good, a lot better than the first screenshots suggested. Very immersive, definitely a step up from NWN and BG. Graphically at any rate. Reply 0
  • otto 19/07/2008

    Wow, looks pretty good, a lot better than the first screenshots suggested. Very immersive, definitely a step up from NWN and BG. Graphically at any rate. Reply 0
  • Animal Crossing: City Folk - E3 announce trailer

  • otto 16/07/2008

    As much as I love this game - truly one of my favourite games ever - I'm really struggling to see the added value in playing this for a third time. Reply 0
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King - Howling Fjord

  • otto 08/07/2008

    "the cunningly anagrammed hunter Hemet Nesingwary"

    haha I never cottoned on! :D
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  • WOW passes "the Bushnell Threshold"

  • otto 08/07/2008

    "My older son all of a sudden got Mage 72 or whatever it is"

    And we should pay attention this person's views on WoW why?

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  • Blizzard not worried about losing WOW fans to Diablo III

  • otto 02/07/2008

    I personally don't see a tremendous amount of overlap between WoW & Diablo, any more than there would be between WoW and any other dungeon crawler. They're not really the same thing at all, are they? Reply 0
  • J Allard gets a new job title

  • otto 01/07/2008

    "cool" Reply 0
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

  • otto 30/06/2008

    Christ, it's hard enough deciding how to spec your hunter, let alone having to decide how to spec your pet. :/ Reply 0
  • LostWinds

  • otto 25/05/2008

    This is an absolutely delightful game. Real old skool platforming and it's just gorgeous. Reply 0
  • Duke Nukem Forever still coming

  • otto 29/04/2008

    I assume this is some kind of existential ultra-late April Fool... Reply 0
  • Camelot could return to Golden Sun

  • otto 22/04/2008

    Oh please yes! Pleasebetruepleasebetruepleasebetrue

    Then I can finally get my DS out of the cupboard again!

    Make this game I beseech thee
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  • Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker

  • otto 12/03/2008

    My biggest complaint about this game (which I'm enjoying) is simply that you don't develop the same kind of bond with your party that you do in a more standard RPG. The Pokemon-style play where you're constantly upgrading your party somehow diminishes the experience. Other than that I think it's a fantastic game. Reply 0
  • Cult Classics: GameCube

  • otto 10/03/2008

    jonsaan - which games? I've had the Cube SCART cable since day one* and I've never experienced any problems.

    * day minus two actually - my local broke embargo \o/
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  • otto 10/03/2008

    The Cube is alive and well and living in my house. Favourite console by far. "Cult" seems somehow pejorative, implying a niche, uncritical user base. Animal Crossing on Cube was seminal, seminal I tell thee! And not just because I found it arousing. Reply 0
  • Spore and Monkey Ball coming to iPhone

  • otto 09/03/2008

    "hateful old iTunes"

    Spot the PC user.
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  • Commodore 64 Classics

  • otto 26/11/2007

    No Mr Robot, no Halls of Montezuma...! Reply 0
  • Myst heads to DS

  • otto 09/06/2007

    Brilliant, the original Myst and Riven were both superb games. Mind you, zero replayability so I hope they don't just simply port the original game. Reply 0
  • The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar

  • otto 06/06/2007

    Wendelius, I do confess that I am very interested in seeing what they've done with other locations in the world - not quite interested enough to keep playing (I had a few issues with the gameplay early on too) but interested enough to want to see it! :) Does anyone have any links to some in-game footage of the Old Forest, Bombadil, etc? :) Reply 0
  • otto 04/06/2007

    "Tolkien fans thought they really were in Middle-Earth; it really was the place that they had come to expect - to some extent. All of us read the books and had different images in our head."

    Pffft. This Tolkien fan gave up in disgust after a few hours' play.

    edit - Mo0k, yes, that would work IF you were in the Prancing Pony. Any old dev can cobble together a 3D space with a few textures and a generic cod-celtic soundtrack and say "hey look it's the Prancing Pony" - that doesn't do it for me. I was all ready to be won over by this game, I've been following its development ever since it was first announced years ago. As I say, it left me stone cold. It might work as a generic MMORPG but it doesn't work as a recreation of Middle Earth. I've come to the conclusion that it's utterly futile trying to recreate a subjective experience, especially when its so well-loved by so many people around the world. The films failed, and the game fails. Why even bother? The books stand on their own. Create your own world and stop trying to make money off the back of other people's cherished reading experiences.
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  • Civilization IV: Beyond The Sword

  • otto 25/05/2007

    Anyone with the surname "McCracken" who isn't called Phil really doesn't deserve to live. Reply 0
  • The Bluffer's Guide to Hentai Games

  • otto 11/05/2007

    "Obviously it's more popular than i thought.. and that i find quite a scary prospect."

    Oh noes! People like sex! Teh human race is DOOMED!
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  • Shadow Hearts: From The New World

  • otto 08/05/2007

    "Here's your lovely assistant. Helpfully, the game gets her to take her clothes off repeatedly in cut-scenes, which is a thoughtful touch."

    Thread, useless, etc
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  • Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar

  • otto 24/04/2007

    Wyrm, well in my limited experience, it's EXACTLY like WoW except the graphics/artwork is frankly not as good. They've gone for hyper realism and this of course means that the world actually looks worse that WoW's slightly cartoony universe (marmite thing, personally I love WoW's look). My other gripes with LOTRO are: very poor performance, stutters like hell; the UI is far too cluttered and not nearly as well thought through as WoW; loading screens every time you enter a building??? Yuck!! And all those instances in the early stages of the game really destroy the feeling of being in a massive seamless world, it feels like going back to the days of Baldur's Gate (to match the palette). Finally, for me, the killer is seeing what they've done with the wonderful Middle Earth of my imagination. It's not how it's supposed to look, and I very quickly got tired of seeing "Borimor of Gondor" and "Legalos of Mirkwood" running around cookie-cutter mediaeval villages with Clannad-esque bagpipe music wailing in the background. No no no no. It's just not right. Reply 0
  • otto 24/04/2007

    Rob, you and I were clearly playing different games!

    /back to WoW
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  • Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja

  • otto 18/04/2007

    I do love these creative departures from standard reviewing templates. Tells me all I need to know and entertains me too, thanks. \o/ Reply 0
  • World in Conflict

  • otto 11/04/2007

    Is it possible to play as the good guys? Reply 0
  • Age of Conan beta hysteria

  • otto 11/04/2007

    "It will be a brutal and bloody affair, aimed at more mature gamers, who will be able to utilise an action-based and pioneering combat system to brutally slay opponents."

    Leaving the split infinitive to one side for a moment ;)

    I've got to say, that description of the gameplay does not sound as if it's aimed at "more mature gamers" to me. The fact that they're targeting the 360 says it all.
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  • Theme Park DS

  • otto 06/04/2007

    Oh God, Dungeon Keeper DS, that would be so amazing... :o Reply 0
  • Fantasy Reborn

  • otto 15/03/2007

    Didn't they announce DQ on DS? And didn't they say it was going to be... *spit* an action RPG? :( Reply 0
  • The Eurogamer TV Show - Episode 7

  • otto 09/02/2007

    You'd rather your kid were indoors glued to a screen and a mouse running around in a virtual world killing things, than getting some fresh air & exercise.


    I'm not saying kids shouldn't play videogames but... blimey.
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  • otto 09/02/2007

    "You don't have to worry about the paedophiles who lurk around every street corner nowadays, it's great."


    Worst. Dad. Ever.
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  • Okami

  • otto 09/02/2007

    OK, on the strength of that review I'm going to pick this up at lunchtime, even if it is *shudder* an action adventure! So you can pause the thing while you paint, right? ;p Reply 0
  • Rogue Galaxy

  • otto 09/02/2007

    Wait, this isn't turn-based? Yet another sodding twitch-fest?

    /loses interest
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  • Apple could do console - analyst

  • otto 07/12/2006

    While agreeing with everyone that analysts are stupid, the Pippin was shit, this is a ridiculous notion and I can't see it happening in a million years, can I just point out for the record that Steve Jobs used to work for Atari and he tried to sell them the Apple 2 but they told him to get bent; oh, and I think he invented Breakout for them, didn't he? I'm pretty sure he did.

    So a track record of sorts. :)
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  • Drunken Jaffe goes mental

  • otto 04/12/2006

    Seems like he has no memory of the event Reply 0
  • Eurogamer's PS3

  • otto 31/10/2006

    Yep, sorry, fugly (the console, not the girl, who isn't).

    This next gen is shaping up to be the ugliest ever, and that's quite an achievement given how ugly previous generations have been. Current gen is probably the least ugly, but that's only because the Cube is so flipping gorgeous that it single-handedly cancels out the two most hideous consumer electronic contraptions of all-time.
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  • Magical Vacation (working title)

  • otto 14/10/2006

    So is this Magical Starsign? Reply 0
  • The best of YouTube

  • otto 05/09/2006

    I've watched that Daigo clip five times and I still have absolutely no clue what it is I'm supposed to be watching. What the hell are they getting so excited about? Reply 0
  • Titan Quest

  • otto 05/07/2006

    it's Heracles *not* Hercules :)

    Same as Odyseus *not* Ulysses.

    Herakles and Odysseos, but yeah your point is essentially correct. :)
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  • Is LocoRoco racist?

  • otto 04/07/2006

    I don't think we need to wait for his answer... Reply 0
  • Daily Show gets into games

  • otto 23/06/2006

    > Now all we need is Stephen Colbert to join up and we have an unbeatable team of super-comedians.

    Weeeeeelll.... :)
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  • otto 23/06/2006

    You've got to hand it to those politicians, they've got right to the heart of the problem. A middle-class white kid in a safe suburb is obviously totally immune to violent videogames. But a black kid in the ghetto, surrounded by guns and violence, oh yeah he's gonna be led away from the straight and narrow by GTA. o_O

    Whatever they're smoking, I want some.
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  • Nintendo talks AC Wii

  • otto 06/06/2006

    Animal Crossing is a classic example of when less is more. The code-swapping system in the Cube version worked perfectly. The more 'online' they try to make it, the less appealing it becomes. How many more years are we going to have to wait for the industry to get over this ridiculous obsession with online play?? Reply 0
  • Eurogamer signs deal with KISS

  • otto 16/05/2006

    EG joins forces with Kids In Satan's Service! I always knew there was something of the night about Pat. ;D Reply 0
  • Mana a Mana

  • otto 16/05/2006

    I've never played a 'Mana' game. They're not proper RPGs, right? They involve button mashing etc? Reply 0
  • Zelda: Twilight Princess

  • otto 13/05/2006

    Looks terrific! If they're making two versions already, one for Cube, one for Wii, do you think there's any chance they'll make a third version, one for lamers like me who can't play Zelda properly? :(

    I'd love to 'play' through a game like this without having to do any of that tedious combat and timed puzzle crap that you get all the time in Zelda games.
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  • Hellgate: London

  • otto 13/05/2006

    Wow! A thinly veiled allegory of what happens if the Tories win! Reply 0