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  • DICE fails to quell Star Wars Battlefront 2 controversy in reddit AMA

  • parkboyer 16/11/2017

    DICE has been doing stuff like this for a long time, they have had unlock kits for Battlefield games as far back as BF3. Allowing players who spend money to have instant access to things other players would have to grind many, many hours for. You can't say your progression system has value when you offer ways to circumvent it out of hand with real money.

    I'm pleased that all this crap is finally getting drawn out into light and that a fuss is being made over the fact that games these days are being offered in terms of how much money they can make publishers and not how much enjoyment they can offer players.
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  • Call of Duty: WW2 devs accidentally gave everyone double XP from launch

  • parkboyer 14/11/2017

    Don't CoD games generally have double XP at launch? Reply 0
  • Jelly Deals: Razer discounting its gaming hardware this weekend

  • parkboyer 10/11/2017

    Razer stuff isn't awful and it certainly looks nice, but it's way overpriced compared to some of the other stuff that's out there these days. Most of the Razer peripherals I've had over the years just felt kind of cheap and I never ended up sticking with any of them. Reply +1
  • Diablo 3: Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro dynamic res showdown

  • parkboyer 08/11/2017

    It's all well and good but XBOX is more or less dead to me this console generation; I've already invested too much in my PS4 to even think about making a switch for the promise of slightly more flashy graphics. Way better exclusives (unless you only care about Halo and Gears) and just a better console out of the gate. I wouldn't even have bothered with upgrading to a Pro if certain circumstances hadn't enabled it, I was quite happy with my stock PS4. MS dropped the ball from day 1 on this go. If I'm that worried about graphics on something, I'll just play it on PC. Reply -6
  • "I've seen people literally spend $15,000 on Mass Effect multiplayer cards"

  • parkboyer 24/10/2017

    @Olelassen It's pretty much an actual industry term at this point, among other endearing ways these companies refer to the customers who spend money on their products. Reply +1
  • parkboyer 24/10/2017

    @Zeppelino Literally all people need to do? Don't pre-order the next big EA game. Don't buy it on launch week. Buy i later if you want to play it, whatever. It doesn't take a petition or a "movement" just one simple vote where it counts -- the wallet.

    You show them poor early sales performance and they might actually take notice.
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  • parkboyer 23/10/2017

    So many points being missed here. The $15,000 figure was quoted just to give an idea of how much money gets spent on monetization systems; to outline why they are being put in EVERYTHING and why so many games are being built AROUND them now, rather than simply to include them as an afterthought. Same thing happened with Activision and CoD.

    Also a lot of people who apparently don't understand how addictive disorders work! Even if you want to disregard psychology and say that the onus to avoid microtransations falls ENTIRELY upon the user, I can only ask again what I have in other similar threads.

    Do you really want video games which are made as little more than soulless products to bilk you of more money after the fact? Because that's what they are becoming. These companies aren't doing this because they HAVE to. They're doing it because they CAN.
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  • DICE offers clarification on Star Wars: Battlefront 2's controversial crate system

  • parkboyer 14/10/2017

    DICE have always been about offering people a money-based way to circumvent the progression system in their game. I think since BF3? What's ludicrous about it is that the "full" unlock pack costs almost as much as the full-priced game itself.

    If you're basically admitting to yourself that your progression mechanics are a waste of time, why put them in the damn game in the first place? Besides the hope that people will spend extra money to bypass them.

    They did alright with the Loot Crates in BF1 but I can't say I'm surprised that they've upped the ante from cosmetic to "everything else".

    IN FAIRNESS... at least if you spend 50 bucks on an unlock pack for a Battlefield game... you actually GET all of the unlocks. You spend 50 bucks on loot crates and you might not get half of what you're actually looking for.
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  • Are loot boxes gambling?

  • parkboyer 13/10/2017

    Even if one might buy any of the misplaced justifications for it, I still can't fathom why anyone would actually want to accept getting less content for the same money, and enjoy seeing games turned into storefronts for micro transactions and reward boxes.

    I only recently finally got into From Software's Souls series and one of the most refreshing things about it? Everything in the game is IN THE GAME. Every single outfit, weapon and area can be accessed through effort. Not mindless grinding, not spending money or time on RNG loot boxes. You get a few articles of legitimate expansion pack DLC and the rest is just THERE. No nag banners advertising great new loot packs, no nonsense, just A GAME. A game you play.

    I found that one single aspect of the game so bloody refreshing it's downright sad, because it has become such a rare notion in games these days. You can bet if a publisher like EA or Activision put out From Soft's games, you'd have "Sun Bro Armor Set", "Knight of Thorns Armor Set", "Black Knight Weapons" and "Humanity Booster" packs riddled all over the DLC page.

    Imagine watching a movie and seeing mini-commercials popping up in the corner of the screen or scrolling across the top/bottom of the theater screen. The only experience AAA games are offering people these days is that of a market bazaar, dumping all over any notion of artistic integrity to sell you product, not a complete experience.

    I guess I'm just too "old school" for that not to bother me.
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  • parkboyer 12/10/2017

    Also? Comparing loot boxes to trading card games is utter nonsense. Although who knows? In the future maybe we won't buy games at all. You'll spend money for packs of random game elements and peace meal portions of the game which, if you spend enough money, might given you a semblance of a complete experience. Whilst inevitably leaving you always lacking something and looking to buy more. Reply 0
  • parkboyer 12/10/2017

    They are indeed a lottery, which is a form a gambling and appeals just as much towards addictive personalities and the notion of "just one more and I might get what I actually want/need". It is blatantly predatory and a shift away from how such things were offered in video games previously; ergo, paying a few dollars for whatever given skin someone might want, et cetera. Or even better, by actually earning them in game.

    Game-altering items should never be included in a paid, RNG lottery system. Ever. Especially if its something which is present in a FULL PRICED MAJOR RELEASE. If you're working from a F2P angle, you can at least pull that card to make SOME kind of justification for it. Not only is it unfair, its also a bloody mess in general. I really don't even want to sift through boxes full of useless crap looking for something I want... even if there were no payment at all attached to it.

    Gaming should include systems which offer logical, straightforward, effort-reward mechanics. Loot boxes, reward packs and other similar ilk are a carry over from mobile and other F2P games which more or less exist to try and bilk a dollar here and there for when players don't want to grind the treadmill the game has setup for them. Again, somewhat excusable if a game is FREE.

    Lootboxes and random rewards which are purely cosmetic are fine, if still somewhat of a chagrin overall. I always much preferred having a logical path laid out to unlock whatever given thing I might want via ingame progress/achievements. Because it lends a sense of actually working towards something and an actual feeling of satisfaction when you get there. Rather than just "oh god, finally!"

    AAA games these days are becoming a cancer that feeds on money and apathy. Constantly making the same mistakes and finding new ways to casually rob people of money while being held nigh unaccountable for their practices by a community which, largely, simply contents to accept them.

    It's a sad era to be a gamer in.

    Consumers have the power. Use it. If you accept the nonsense the industry pedals without functional objection, you're as much at fault as it is for the state of gaming today.
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  • Firewatch review-bombed following PewDiePie racism incident

  • parkboyer 20/09/2017

    I'm pretty sure I don't agree with a publisher/developer's ability to cherry-pick who can and cannot use their content on Youtube. For any reason. Let alone after a manufactured crap storm where everyone pretends to be mortally offended because some white guy uttered a racial slur.

    Get over it, grow up.

    The case in point though: petty and not something I'm low-brow enough to do, but I'm going to sit over here and snicker about it anyhow.
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  • And that's that for Battleborn

  • parkboyer 18/09/2017

    It's sad that Battleborn was actually a really fun game yet has fallen so far. Gearbox, in their infinite vanity, chose to market it up against Blizzard and, well... you see what happened with that. The funny thing being that the main game modes in BB are literally nothing like that which is in Overwatch, but no one sees past the superficial similarity and failed marketing hype.

    Another one bites the dust.
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  • Digital Foundry's guide to PS4 Pro game upgrades

  • parkboyer 24/11/2016

    @sizu_sizu I own a Pro. Reply -2
  • parkboyer 24/11/2016

    @Krychek That's a bit of a cop-out, isn't it? The developers already made their games and had their own concerns. Sony decided to put out a new system on their and now everyone has to rush to find some way to fix what doesn't work right on it because the new hardware is at odds with some bit of coding?

    Seems to me Sony should have done better testing and gotten this stuff out of the way before launch day so no one was any the wiser of it ever being a problem. You want to sell premium hardware, make it premium hardware not, "Well it'll be great once we patch this..."
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  • parkboyer 24/11/2016

    @Krychek "Almost all" isn't really good enough when you're paying an extra hundred bucks for the console compared to the base model. There are obviously still issues aside from otherwise being "rather positive". I can accept certain games not benefiting from the new system, that's fine, but for stuff to actually run WORSE is not acceptable at all. Reply +3
  • parkboyer 24/11/2016

    Kind of disappointing to hear all these problems. I was hoping the PS4 Pro would just be a matter of: better hardware, better performance but it seems like that's not the case at all? I guess I should have just replaced my lost PS4 with another PS4 by the looks of things. Unless some further patching smooths out the issues.

    I knew mid-gen consoles were a bad idea.
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  • Xbox 360 games are getting Xbox One boxes

  • parkboyer 17/11/2016

    Not sure I like that, seems like shady marketing. Making people think they're looking at something new when it's just a re-boxed version of the same old game. Reply -5
  • Evolve goes free-to-play, devs discuss "DLC s***storm"

  • parkboyer 07/07/2016

    Problem is, the game mostly failed cause it wasn't that great. I shitty F2P game is still a shitty game. And if anything, going F2P just means MORE cheaters -- yay? Reply 0
  • It sounds like Gears of War 4 will come to PC

  • parkboyer 11/03/2016

    I was a late comer to this series and really failed to see what all the hype was about. Awkward-ass cover shooter. Soundly disappointed. Reply +1
  • How to upgrade your Dual Shock 4 - with Xbox One controller parts

  • parkboyer 04/03/2016

    Easy stick upgrade -- KontrolFreaks. Plain and simple. The PS4 sticks are too short anyhow. Aside from the battery life, they are great controllers once you stick some Freaks on them. Reply 0
  • Far Cry Primal uses Far Cry 4's map layout

  • parkboyer 03/03/2016

    This game has been copy-pasting since Far Cry 3, so many similar assets. At least Primal forced them to make new weapon models. Reply 0
  • Watch: Hands-on with the Steam controller

  • parkboyer 17/10/2015

    Not interested for the same reason I have a hard time doing serious gaming on my Wii U -- the layout directly contradicts every controller layout I've used in the past however many years. Even if all other parts of it worked perfectly, putting the face buttons where the right stick should be is awful for anyone who has put in considerable time with any XB/PS controller in the past 15 years. Reply +2
  • Hide your purse, Steam is having a stealth-game sale

  • parkboyer 15/10/2015

    @SpaceMonkey77 PSN has sales like, all the time. Decent ones even. Reply 0
  • Rainbow Six: Siege won't have a campaign mode

  • parkboyer 28/09/2015

    Ah well, another franchise bites the dust. So much fun playing co-op on pretty much every R6 game since the beginning. I guess it's just easier to make a game that has nothing invested in it but a multiplayer mode though at least they're charitable enough to actually include bots. I'll look for it at a Steam fire sale.

    I was expecting this but it's still a let-down.
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  • Star Wars Battlefront beta playable offline, open to everyone

  • parkboyer 18/09/2015

    I really hate when they remake games with the same name as a previous game. Reply 0
  • Trine 3 dev says "future of the series is now in question"

  • parkboyer 27/08/2015

    First of all, welcome the the internet, Trine 3 developers. Enjoy your stay. Second of all, I hardly think 6-7 hours is an unreasonable length for a $15 game, considering many $60 AAA titles can barely even crack that length. Reply 0
  • The PC version of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round launches on Steam without key features

  • parkboyer 31/03/2015

    And as usual, these people will wonder why consumers don't buy and talk trash about their PC ports... is there really any wonder? People want to buy them, guys, make the shit good and worthwhile for us. Reply -1
  • People behind APB Reloaded buy Hawken

  • parkboyer 17/03/2015

    Ouch, really? APB: Reloaded is probably one of the less good examples of F2P, offering many powerful weapons for real cash, weapon rentals and whatever other stuff. Is Hawken doing THAT bad they had to sell to a company like that? That's horrible. Hawken was a very fair game in its pricing model. Reply 0
  • PS4 sales hit 20.2m

  • parkboyer 06/03/2015

    @music1 Only that's not what I said. I said precisely the opposite. Reply +1
  • parkboyer 05/03/2015

    @music1 I hate people who start shit for no reason. I made a simple statement and you interpolated something completely different from it. Reply 0
  • parkboyer 05/03/2015

    @music1 Did you just not pay any attention to what I said and decide to take a lame attempt to pick shit? At launch the next-gen lineups were pretty light, obviously, and titles didn't really start rolling out until months after the fact. Now, there are new games coming out on PS4 all the time, yanno, like I implied. There wasn't always 245 games available. My point being that, at launch, the next gen systems weren't all that exciting due simply to a lack of things to play on them and that now that isn't as much of a problem.

    Go take the piss somewhere else.
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  • parkboyer 04/03/2015

    It's a good console, I've been enjoying mine. Only wish there were more games out but they're starting to filter in steadily at this point. Reply -2
  • Valve's missing Link

  • parkboyer 05/03/2015

    That controller seriously still looks awful. Reply -2
  • Dead or Alive 5 tournament soft ban on "over-sexualised" costumes sparks heated debate

  • parkboyer 02/03/2015

    Yeah... if you don't like pretty girls in skimpy clothes... why the hell are you playing the game which invented jiggle physics in the first place? DoA's fighting engine legitimatizes it as a fighting game. People would pay less attention to the "over sexed" aspect of it if you, I dunno, would stop waving it around? Reply +3
  • Fable Legends is free-to-play

  • parkboyer 27/02/2015

    Oh. Yay. Another MOBA. (this is me barely containing my elation) Reply -1
  • Top factor driving PS4 purchases is "better resolution" - survey

  • parkboyer 26/02/2015

    The "Share" feature on the PS4 is actually really great as well (does MS Xbone have that yet?) As well as the value you get out of a PS+ sub if you own a PS3 as well.

    The ONLY thing Xbox has over PS in my book is the network. Live is a better multiplayer service, period. Aside from that? I'm quite happy with my PS4.

    I also like Sony's ethic towards console upgrades, not sure how MS has taken that with the Xbone but I know that if I ever need a bigger HDD in my PS4 it will be a cheap and easy process just like it was on the PS3.
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  • Guild Wars 2 getting a first-person camera

  • parkboyer 26/02/2015

    And maybe gamepad support? Reply -1
  • Face-Off: Resident Evil Revelations 2

  • parkboyer 25/02/2015

    I'm not sure how Revelations could run anything but perfect on either next gen (or even last gen) console. It's a bloody 3DS port FFS. Might be the same issue CoD: Ghosts had on PS4 with the "stutter" being caused by the engine trying to render TOO fast, rather than actually being bogged down? Doesn't make any sense, neither set of hardware should have any problem at all. There has to be something more to the issue than that. Reply +2
  • Quake 2 on Xbox 360: the first console HD remaster

  • parkboyer 20/02/2015

    That's because PC hardware has been "HD" capable for a long damn time. Reply +1
  • Terraria: Otherworld is Terraria in an alternate dimension

  • parkboyer 17/02/2015

    Awesome. Terraria was great, didn't really get into Starbound as much. Reply 0
  • Fallout owner Zenimax forces Fortress Fallout name change

  • parkboyer 17/02/2015

    I guess they can't help that so many people are simple-minded idiots. When I see a title like "Fortress Fallout" for a mobile game, I envisioned more or less what the game actually is. First "Scrolls" and now this, these guys are just taking the piss. Reply 0
  • Elder Scrolls Online will add paid-for health, XP boost potions

  • parkboyer 13/02/2015

    @drhickman1983 Rift was definitely in the minority though SWTOR had some pretty stupid gimps for F2Pers Reply 0
  • parkboyer 13/02/2015

    @drhickman1983 The more "free" they make it the more shit compromise you're going to deal with. Reply +5
  • Video: Battlefield Hardline's image problem

  • parkboyer 11/02/2015

    @Mindstorm Hey guess what, the robbers are militarized too! Go play the SJW trumpet at someone else's walls. Reply -3
  • parkboyer 11/02/2015

    All of those things don't really concern me because they're issues which have been (if not outright created by) twisted and spun by media, conspiracy buffs and social justice warriors ad nauseam. It's cops and robbers, that's what it is. If you're seeing something else you're doing so because you have some other agenda in the back of your mind. Reply -6
  • Towerfall is adding an Anita Sarkeesian skin

  • parkboyer 10/02/2015

    Sarkeesian is just as toxic as the people she is against. She is not an asset to anyone. Reply -1
  • First-person co-op Warhammer game Vermintide sounds like Left 4 Dead

  • parkboyer 05/02/2015

    I always wanted a 40k-themed sort of third person wave/tower defense game where you could play either a Space Marine, Warlock, Inquisitor or Lord Commander, each one obviously having a different tack for the battlefield. This could be interesting too though. Reply 0
  • Battlefield Hardline is more than just a palette swap

  • parkboyer 04/02/2015

    @Agente_Silva Again, its fine if you want to make people grind for achievements, but make it by doing stuff which contributes to the war effort. I mention CoD by means of comparison since both games have a bevy of unlocks and progression in them, but the majority of CoD's are aesthetic/prestige. So yeah, pretty comparable on that front. If you want to grind all the prestige and side unlocks you will definitely be spending just as much time as someone doing BF assignments.

    I play both games and I like both but I wish BF would get its head out of the unlock ass and make the game focused on actually playing again and leave grindy busywork for people who actually LIKE that sort of thing. I want my weapons and attachments and I don't want to have to jump through a dozen hoops to get them... though I guess you could just pay the price of the game, again, to unlock them all... plus shell out some more for battlepacks.
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  • parkboyer 03/02/2015

    @Agente_Silva It's not about time, it's about the focus of the gameplay. If you want to force people to grind up XP for weeks/months to unlock stuff then fine, whatever, the problem is that so many of the unlocks emphasize ... well... anything. You should be playing the game, concentrating on objectives and team-play, not what you have to do in order to unlock your next gun.

    Hardline is shaping up to be much the same way by the looks of it. It's a waste of a good franchise to make it a glorified achievement hunt. And they have the nerve to offer unlock packs for the shit, which cost more than the game itself. You can talk whatever shit you want about CoD but at least the meaningful unlocking of gear can be done in a straightforward and relatively quick fashion so you can concentrate on actually playing the game.
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