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  • The problem with video game guns

  • persus-9 25/10/2014

    Games which restrict themselves to the recreation of real world guns are placing such a massive unnecessary restriction on their creative freedom. Guns should be the star of any FPS but games which restrict themselves to recreating the real world and restricting themselves to the same line-up of stars as any other such game. It make them all so incredibly samey that the lack of surprise is crushing. The gun doesn't actually have to do anything exotic, it can functionally be just a shotgun or sniper rifle, but it is so much more interesting if I have to work that out for myself rather than just recognising it as a SPAS-12 or Dragunov and knowing what to expect. The Flak Cannon from Unreal Tournament was in most respects just a shotgun but my god, what a shotgun!

    Although you don't need a silly 3D model to be unexpected and fun, the Colt Python from Half-Life will also always stick in my memory since it was basically a sniper-rifle disguised as pistol. On the one hand the accuracy of it was stupidly unrealistic but on the other hand working out what it was was fun and taking advantage of its perfect accuracy to pick off enemies from always felt a little bit naughty in the best way possible.

    Now I've just remembered Half-Life's Hornet Gun and I'm going to have to spend 15 minutes remembering how wonderfully different and unfair it was.
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  • Assassin's Creed: Unity's PC system requirements revealed

  • persus-9 24/10/2014

    Okidoki, Ubisoft, I'll just add this to the list of reasons I'll be plucking this one out of the bargain bin if at all. Right below the inclusion of micro-transactions and the lack of female playable characters. Reply +1
  • 3D Realms returns, releases anthology

  • persus-9 23/10/2014

    @FMV-GAMER Guess we'll just have to wait until 2029 to find out. ;-) Reply +1
  • CeX accepting Bitcoin in 30+ UK shops from today

  • persus-9 22/10/2014

    @weejok It is like a tulip bulb but nothing will grow if you plant it. Reply -3
  • persus-9 22/10/2014

    That is all well and good but when will they finally let me buy games using tulip bulbs? That is what I want to know. Reply +12
  • Defense Grid 2 review

  • persus-9 22/10/2014

    @frazzl I get what you mean. You might like to try a more action orientated tower defence game if you haven't already such, as Orcs Must Die or Sanctum. They mix up the genre by adding a significant dose of first or third person combat. Reply +2
  • persus-9 22/10/2014

    The tower defence craze hasn't just subsided; it's been almost completely absent for years.
    Erm...what? Here is a list of the tower defence games released on Steam in reverse date order. Let's just say there have been a few released recently.

    I don't wish to nitpick for the sake of it, and I don't think it is essential that reviewers be genre experts by any means, but if they aren't genre experts they should know that and be wise enough to resist sweeping statements about the state of the genre.
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  • Dev behind Paranautical Activity Steam storm resigns, apologises

  • persus-9 22/10/2014

    Much the whole incident is his own silly fault I do have some sympathy with the guy and I think there is a lesson here that is more nuanced than just "don't threaten people on the internet, you fool".

    I think a lot of people have a problem where they've sort of boxed themselves in with hyperbole. If you swear and make casual threats as part of your everyday expressions of mild frustration then when you really lose it then you have nowhere left to go except into the completely unacceptable/illegal. What is more you create a culture where such things aren't taken seriously and you rob the entire language of its strength. Using foul mouthed threats of violence, rape and death casually to express mild annoyance isn't just a problem because it creates and nasty atmosphere, it also robs such things of some of their meaning and our ability to express anything above mild annoyance. This isn't just a problem for one guy who lost his rag, this is a problem for all of us who share the same language and culture.

    We need to tone down our language so that when we want to be forceful we have a place to go. It is hard to get heard on the internet so a lot of people have their amplifiers turned up to ten the whole time to try and get heard. Problem is that, like bands who aren't Spinal Tap, it leaves us with no option to get any louder when we really want to get heard; we can't turn it up to 11. As Spinal Tap failed to realise, if you want to be able to occasionally turn it up further you can either make your ten the same as everyone else's nine and turn it up to 11 or just use nine and turn it up to ten. Either way, you have to turn it down a bit if you want to be able to turn it up later.
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  • persus-9 22/10/2014

    @mouseymouse Could work okay. Problem with text is it doesn't do tone or body language. Quite easy to use his exact words in real life and make it clear it is a joke. Reply -2
  • Valve pulls game from Steam following dev's tweet threatening Gabe Newell

  • persus-9 21/10/2014

    Got to feel a little sorry for a guy since it seems like his anger is probably born out of quite a long and stressful struggle to try and make a living off his game. At the same time he screwed up massively and can count himself lucky if the police aren't involved. He can count himself lucky if other stores don't boot his game on principle that they don't want to work with someone who acts in that way.

    Still this is a general problem within our culture not limited to one guy. People need to realise that death threats and the like are just not okay and stop using them to casually express frustration. They are at best it is cheap hyperbole that makes it harder for real threats to be detected and thus makes the world less safe for everyone but they are also genuinely hurtful in a way that is never justified by the subject matter.

    I feel most sorry for people in the public eye like Gabe Newell and countless others who have to live with what must be a constant niggling doubt as to whether one of these people actually means it. I can't imagine any amount of money or success fully makes up for having that sort of stress enter into your life.
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  • UK gov changing law to get tough on internet trolling

  • persus-9 20/10/2014

    I'm generally in favour of getting tough on trolls but prison seems the wrong approach to me. Expensive and likely country productive. We need to integrate trolls into society and get through to them that such stuff isn't okay, not exclude them from society and throw them in with more serious criminals. Community service, non-custodial sentences and mandatory courses would be a far far better route to go in most cases. Reply 0
  • New Nintendo 3DS review

  • persus-9 19/10/2014

    Good to know. I've been fancying a 3DS and would have bought one before now if I'd had the cash. I'll hold out a few more months until this version is released now I know it is on the way. Reply +5
  • We cannot let this become gaming culture

  • persus-9 17/10/2014

    GG EG Reply +30
  • Alien vs. Predator (2000) free on GOG until Friday

  • persus-9 15/10/2014

    Nice! I wanted to sign up for that beta anyway. :) Reply +4
  • Anita Sarkeesian cancels university speech following school shooting threat

  • persus-9 15/10/2014

    @VargVarg Are you aware that you can keep fighting for whatever it is you're fighting for, keep enjoying games, keep the same set of fundamental beliefs you have now, keep the same skin colour, keep the same religion, change nothing about yourself or you beliefs but stop supporting a hashtag that was designed specifically rally support and give legitimacy to a campaign to silence feminist voices within the industry like Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian?

    Don't compare Gamergate to a religion or race. You can't change those without giving up a fundamental part of who you are. Gamergate is just a banner. Stop standing behind it if you don't like what it stands for. Gamergate doesn't just have a few bad apples. It was designed by bad apples, for bad apples, to trick good apples into joining them and those bad apples were the first in the barrel and lie at the very bottom of it. The only way to clear them out is to empty the barrel so if you aren't a bad apple maybe you should jump out.
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  • persus-9 15/10/2014

    The whole thing is just sad and crazy. Sad that people like Sarkeesian can't speak their mind on a subject without fearing for their lives. No one should have to fear for their lives just for saying stuff. You should fear for your liberty if you say you threaten someone of incite others to violence but nobody should fear for their safety just for opening their mouths.

    I really hope the police do start doing their jobs here and track these people down but at the same time I find it hard not to see these people them as victims of our sexist culture as well as its foot soldiers. They're like the people who kill aid workers because they think they're deliberately spreading aids, they are fighting the very people who are trying to help them. These people need help but at the same time they can't be allowed to act like this because entirely innocent people are already being hurt. Already suffering the fear that these people are inflicting.

    If it continues to escalate then people are going to end up getting killed, just as they did at the UCSB back in May. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if the next spree killing we hear about comes with a youtube video ranting about gamergate and Anita Sarkeesian. If things carry on like this it is going to happen one day and it will be such a huge tragedy.
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  • DriveClub review

  • persus-9 07/10/2014

    Well at least Logitech wheel owners won't be missing out on much. :-/ Reply +5
  • Lynx-starring survival game Shelter 2 delayed until Q1 2015

  • persus-9 03/10/2014

    @snafu65 That goodness that isn't the case. Such a game would surely stink. Reply 0
  • Sony confirms wheels that work with PS4 racer DriveClub

  • persus-9 01/10/2014

    Ouch! Sounds like Sony and Logitech have been involved in a bit of a game of chicken over these here security chips. My guess is that Sony want to charge a fee for the use of said security chips and Logitech reckon that they've got sufficient market clout to not be pushed into paying such a fee. High stakes gambling from both sides in terms of alienating their customers and losing market share. Here is hoping they reach a deal soon for the sake of all the Logitech wheel owners out there. Reply +13
  • Ryse on PC won't feature micro-transactions

  • persus-9 26/09/2014

    Will be interesting to see if the default rate of progression is the same as the Xbone version sans micro-transactions. Reply 0
  • Bethesda warns: you should have 4GB of VRAM to play The Evil Within PC

  • persus-9 26/09/2014

    Of course it probably will run okay on less but in that case this just strikes me as Bethesda expressing a totally lack of confidence in their ability to get it running nicely across a range of hardware. My prediction is that this will run fine on some lower mid-range systems and terribly on others but if you buy this game without having 4GB of VRAM then Bethesda are going to hang you out to dry. They'll shrug and say you shouldn't have bought it when your system didn't meet the recommended specs.

    Can't say I'd have bought it anyway since it doesn't look like my cup to tea but I definitely wouldn't touch it now. Not until it dropped to a price where I was happy to accept that I was gambling as to whether or not it would work or not.
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  • persus-9 26/09/2014

    According to the Steam hardware survey 1.64% of PCs running Steam have 4GB of VRAM. Why the heck would you go to the trouble of releasing a PC port if you aren't going to bother making it compatible with 98% of the hardware out there? Reply +35
  • Only 0.5% of Hearthstone players reach Legend rank

  • persus-9 19/09/2014

    I wonder what percentage of players just build their own decks and don't bother reading online strategy guides. That is what put me off Hearthstone really. It seems like the interesting strategy is mostly in deck building but judging by the coverage it seems expected that most players will copy their deck from a guide. On the other hand coverage is naturally tilted towards players who read a lot about it on the internet so there probably is a large underclass of players who just play the game and try to work things out through experience rather than reading about the game. Reply +10
  • What next for Minecraft on PlayStation?

  • persus-9 18/09/2014

    I can't see why Sony wouldn't welcome Microsoft publishing on PlayStation. They're competitors, sure, but I doubt either is looking to completely bankrupt the other, they just want to force them out of the hardware market. So what different does it make if the publisher's share of the money from a title goes to Microsoft or some other publisher? Such profits aren't going to keep Microsoft making Xbones if the Xbones numbers aren't adding up. Reply 0
  • Microsoft to buy Mojang for $2 billion - report

  • persus-9 10/09/2014

    I've always been critical of big corporations as well but I'd sell Minecraft for $2 bil. It is insane money. And Minecraft is so huge it must be an absolute pain in the arse to own it. If I put myself in Notch's position and think about the hate he got just because Mojang clamped down on the item selling rules. A deal like this seems like his chance to leave all that stress and hate behind.

    It isn't like it would be an immoral move. What evil can Microsoft do with Minecraft? They can ruin the game of course but in the grand scheme of things that isn't a lot of evil. What good can Notch do with $2,000,000,000 in his pocket? Well quite a lot if he put his mind to it.
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  • Editor's blog: About the Destiny review

  • persus-9 08/09/2014

    That does sounds very reasonable of Bungie. Unlike the situation with The Sims 4 which as a primarily offline single-player game was, I'm guessing, not sent out for review prior to release for no other reason than because it is a bit shit. Reply 0
  • Where did all the strategy go?

  • persus-9 07/09/2014

    The mainstream FPS genre has progressed in such a disappointing fashion for the last few years. Restricting its imagination to lobbing little lumps of lead around in the name of realism and yet at the same time providing none of the interesting depth and edge that actual realism can provide. Still, I think there is hope. Games like Titanfall and CoD:AW are starting to shrug off realism in favour of futuristic fun (although nowhere near not enough for my liking as yet). Hopefully there'll be others who take it the other way and provide us with more hardcore thoughtful thrills again as well. Reply +1
  • Editor's blog: A brief note about "GamerGate"

  • persus-9 03/09/2014

    I fully support Eurogamer's stance on this. I find it notable that every fact given by those opposed to this harassment checks out and many of those given by the mob of self-identified "gamers" do not.

    I thought I was a gamer. I've been playing games more or less obsessively for over 25 years and I've been part of the online community of gamers for something over 15 years. Now I find that at some point I've become surround by a bunch of whiny misogynistic dickheads. These people do not speak for me. The non-inclusive identity they have built up around gaming culture is something I want no part of.

    So to anyone painting this as a battle between gamers and some other malevolent force: damn you. You don't speak for me and you've no right to take the term gamer and hang a 'no girls' sign on it. At the same time damn the term gamer. I can't hang a sign on it saying 'no dickheads' and there seem to be a heck of a lot of dickheads clustered around it right now so I guess it is time to just start ignoring it entirely.
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  • persus-9 03/09/2014

    @BDL1980 I was also watching it live and there were hundreds of entries pouring in as MrTomFTW has said. I myself submitted a couple of entries questioning the morality of the doxxing that made it onto the blog so I know for a fact the e-mail system was the mechanism at work in posting the majority of those entries. Reply 0
  • Why we need more developers like Zoe Quinn

  • persus-9 30/08/2014

    Startling how many people don't seem to understand the concept of clickbait. This is not clickbait, this is just an article likely to attract a lot of clicks (oh the horror!). Clickbait is a headline that baits the viewer into clicking, usually by inspiring curiosity by promising some sort of revelation is present in the feature ("Something something you won't believe what happened next!"). You could give this article a clickbait title easily enough for example "The thing we should be saying about Zoe Quinn..." (OMG what will it say?! *click*) or "We need more more developers like her" (OMG Who?! Who?! *click*). The title of this article is just a fair description of its subject matter which is exactly what a title should be. It is not clickbait.

    You might not like it because you feel that it wouldn't have been written were it not for the fact it will predictably get a lot of clicks purely because of internet drama. I doubt that criticism is fair but EG have definitely left themselves open to it and I think that is the meat of what people are trying to say when they say this is "clickbait" but what it isn't is clickbait and if people say it is then they're abusing the term which will only weaken it and make it harder to call out the utter rubbish that is actual clickbait which to my mind makes them part of the problem.
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  • inFamous: First Light review

  • persus-9 26/08/2014

    Well it at least sounds more fun and interesting than most Fetch quests. Reply +1
  • Ubisoft: only "vocal minority" complains about number of Assassin's Creed games

  • persus-9 14/08/2014

    I find one AssCreed game every two or three years is enough for me. I've yet to play AssBro for this very reason. Still it seems a bit odd to complain about them releasing too many. They're single player so they don't go off if you don't play them right away, they just get cheaper to buy. Reply +2
  • Microsoft confirms Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox exclusivity deal "has a duration"

  • persus-9 13/08/2014

    @DrStrangelove I reckon that, legally, yes, he has only mentioned the franchise. I strongly suspect that there is a clause in the contract (that Microsoft probably demanded) that says they can't mention the duration of the exclusivity of the game and Microsoft could be in breach of contract with Square Enix if he referred to it directly.

    But like many people have said, if it wasn't a timed exclusive they would be shouting it from the rooftops rather than squirming about giving strange answers about the franchise in response to straightforward questions about the game like this.
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  • persus-9 13/08/2014

    Interesting that they've confirmed this. I can't believe it was the original plan to admit that it is timed but they're perhaps getting faster at doing those 180s in the face of bad publicity they've been practising so hard. Probably that and the realisation that almost everyone who cares if it is timed or not had already seen through their marketing speak. Reply +13
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming to both Xbox One and Xbox 360

  • persus-9 13/08/2014

    Not a surprise but looks like a bad weird decision from Microsoft. The point of this exclusive is surely to drive Xbox One sales. Obviously Square Enix will want to do a 360 version but I'd have thought if it was worth Microsoft's money to pay them to stay away from PS3, PS4 and PC it would be worth coughing up the extra to make them stay away from the 360 as well. I honestly can't see why this would push anyone to upgrade now. £350 extra for the same game but with better hair or whatever? No, thanks mate. Reply +4
  • Quantum Break gameplay footage debuts at Gamescom

  • persus-9 12/08/2014

    @Huron1 According to Kotatu there are going to be three playable characters so no need to give up hope of someone interesting just yet.
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  • Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusive to Xbox One

  • persus-9 12/08/2014

    @robthehermit Well I would. Exclusives just suck whoever has them. I want all the games on all the platforms unless there is actually a decent reason like a difference in controller. Reply +13
  • persus-9 12/08/2014

    All the tumblr says is
    As you may have seen, we’ve just announced that Rise of the Tomb Raider, coming Holiday 2015, is exclusively on Xbox.
    I see no reason to believe those aren't weasel worlds. I'll waiting to see if there will be a similar game called "Rise of the Tomb Raider: Definite Edition" coming to PC in Autumn 2016. And I've very patient about these things. I'm still waiting for Red Dead Redemption.

    EDIT: The more I think about it the more the sentence screams timed exclusive to me. Saying that an unreleased product something "is" exclusively on any platform is pretty vacuous. If they'd said it "will be" exclusive to Xbox One that would imply something meaningful about the future. If they'd said "it won't be released on any other platforms in any other editions the future" then I'd have been convinced. Saying it "is exclusively on Xbox", those are weasel words. I can't think of any reason why you'd use such weasel words unless it is in fact a timed exclusive.
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  • Microsoft's Gamescom 2014 briefing

  • persus-9 12/08/2014

    Quantum Break looks awesome to me (I'm such a Sam Lake fanboy) but even if this and Tomb Raider are real exclusives and never comes to PC I don't really want to reward Microsoft for screwing over PC like that. Reply 0
  • Microsoft shows interest in eye-tracking visor FOVE

  • persus-9 26/07/2014

    @MattEvansC3 Erm... it would be really cool! :-D Yeah, there must be a threshold where it becomes noticeable so you could definitely play with that.

    Or just deliberately make thing appear only in your peripheral vision. I think adding an occasional flicker of movement to the peripheral vision during a horror game would be incredibly powerful. Or heck, just a monster you can only see out of the corner of your eye.
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  • persus-9 25/07/2014

    @MattEvansC3 Your visual psychology is a little off there. The act of focusing doesn't narrow your field of view. We in fact only ever have a high degree of visual acuity over about 2 degrees (about the size of the top joint of the thumb at arms length) in the centre of the visual field but we move that area around and it gives the impression that we can see in more detail than we can.

    Your horror game with the blurring and de-blurring is an interesting example. People have done experiments with similar set ups. The result? You can't tell whether it is happening or not because you can't see the bits of the screen that are blurred with high visual acuity so the mind is fooled into thinking it is all in sharp focus.
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  • persus-9 25/07/2014

    Eye-tracking very much already exists. It is used a lot in experimental psychology and design (games design, ad design etc etc). You don't need a dorky head mounted screen either, you can buy a USB device with a couple of IR cameras built in that sits under your monitor like a kinetic. I suppose they might well have improved the latency, worked out a way to get a good deal of accuracy at a lower price or worked out a different way of doing it that isn't wrapped up in other peoples patents but eye tracking itself is not new tech. Reply 0
  • News channel uses Metal Gear Solid 5 screenshot in child soldiers report

  • persus-9 18/07/2014

    I don't believe it to be the case but theoretically a wonder how much it would cost to persuade a busy junior production assistant to make a mistake like this. Could be quite cheap and effective publicity. Mind you RT staff are probably harder to bribe than most since they already have one terrifying shadowy master to answer to. Reply +5
  • Doom 4 is an oldschool reboot, just called Doom

  • persus-9 18/07/2014

    Two things worry me.

    1) Context-sensitive animations. That is a fancy way of saying "press A to do the cool thing" which isn't something I'm much of a fan of. I'd prefer to be given a tool set to explore an environment (and murder lots of demons of course) than be presented with context-sensitive possibilities, thanks.

    2) I find myself quite unreasonably disappointed by the fact they're calling it Doom. It was irritating enough when the likes of Tomb Raider (2013) and Prince of Persia (2008) did similar but at least they were making a big conscious effort to modernise and reboot the franchise and make a break from the past. Doom 4 on the other hand seems to be both trading on nostalgia and reverting to its original name. It feels almost disrespectful.

    It felt to me like Tomb Raider (2013) was saying: "I'm really nothing to do with Tomb Raider (1996). I don't come after it. I'm not a sequel so be prepared to take me as I am. And don't worry you don't need to have played any of the other Tomb Raider games to enjoy me, it might even be better if you haven't. I'm just the same core concept being redone in a different way." Whereas it feels like Doom 4 is saying "I am Doom! The one true Doom. Remember how awesome I was in 1993? I'm just as awesome today!" to which I'm inclined to reply "No. You are not Doom and you will never be Doom. Now show some respect and put a 4 after your name to acknowledge your elders." It is like the son of an ageing rockstar performing under their father's band name and doing cover versions of their old songs. No. That isn't cool. Just don't.
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  • Microsoft announces 18,000 jobs to be cut in the next year

  • persus-9 17/07/2014

    @Bauul His actions seem to have been very much in line with his own interests and very much against the interests of Nokia. Either he is stupid but lucky or clever but immoral. His sudden change of contract on the same day the deal was done for Nokia's sale and the subsequent $18 million bonus the new contract and the deal it secured for him makes me think he ain't no fool.

    But yeah, as goggyturk has said, it was the Nokia board who signed off on all this.
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  • persus-9 17/07/2014

    @jayolad That is exactly what I meant. He deliberately screwed up Nokia as a phone maker to set them up for a Microsoft buyout and reaped a massive personal profit. Reply +8
  • persus-9 17/07/2014

    Yet another indication of quite how badly Stephen Elop screwed up and screwed over Nokia and its employees.

    Feel bad for all those being made redundant and hope they manage to land new jobs fast.
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  • Video: Why do Japanese games tell you characters' blood types?

  • persus-9 17/07/2014

    Interesting... I actually heard of this a few weeks ago but I thought the person in question was mixing up blood types with type A and B personality theory but I guess she was just drawing on this whole cultural thing that I'd never heard of. Reply +3
  • Kickstarter-funded Yogventures canned, backers given Steam key for another game instead

  • persus-9 17/07/2014

    @Malek86 I think they could be just gamers. They must be extremely rich gamers but some gamers are extremely rich. Whales who are willing to drop thousands of dollars into Clash of Clans for example. No particular reason to think there aren't similar people who actually just fancy hanging out with their favourite internet celebrities. They are arguably getting more for their money. I'd have thought representatives of other companies would take a more conventional route. Reply +6
  • Blizzard challenges itself to create more diverse heroes and content

  • persus-9 11/07/2014

    Good to hear! Blizzard often feel like they have their heart in the right place but just need to do better. Reply +1