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  • Dishonored 2 and the infuriating pursuit of perfection

  • redcrayon 03/12/2016

    I find the frantic nature of improvising when things go wrong much more satisfying than continually restarting in order to gain an achievement or see a mildly different few seconds of the ending after 20+ hours of play.

    Same goes for Hitman and Deus Ex- I love the transition from a perfect plan to resorting to violence and getting the job done. Sometimes I get through OK, sometimes I don't, but carrying onwards when I've made a mistake makes it 'my' campaign full of great moments and regrets. Often learning experiences too- relying on your wits in the heat of the moment is great for learning :D

    For the same reason, I'm quite happy to let people die in Fire Emblem (as long as they aren't completely irreplaceable having sucked up a large percentage of the campaigns available XP). My flawed playthroughs where I've had to change tactics are far more memorable to me than 'perfect' runs that were just repetitive by the time I've reloaded a mission for the fifth time.
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  • Nintendo has just snuck out one of the best 2D Mario games in years

  • redcrayon 01/12/2016

    A Switch version seems inevitable at this point. Reply +9
  • Why I think big console game sales are down

  • redcrayon 01/12/2016

    @martinfirth
    Agree with your point on larger games (with either open worlds, multiplayer, loot grinds or all of the above) keeping people busy. I think there's also been a much smaller range of boxed games released for home consoles in the last three years too, so that might also contribute to people's smaller collections beside the telly, alongside digital sales.
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  • redcrayon 30/11/2016

    @SuperShinobi
    For me it's been an awesome year on the portables too, can't wait for SMTIV Apocalypse this weekend. There's been some cracking indie gems too- I'm addicted to Darkest Dungeon at the moment. To each their own and all that though.
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  • redcrayon 30/11/2016

    @FrostedSloth
    Solution for game developers and publishers:

    - Don't put out a broken game. If it's knackered, delay it.
    - Don't hold back on content as pre-order shite, or DLC without a very good reason for doing so
    - Don't charge ludicrous amounts of money for a game with nothing in it

    And finally..

    - Stop taking the piss out of gamers by charging more and more for things we used to have. Gaming is already expensive as hell and I, for one, do not want to pay an extra 12 quid for a couple of missions.
    I agree with your points, but there are solutions for customers too- you aren't obligated to get caught in the hype to buy games at launch, pre-order or buy DLC. Even just having the patience to play three months behind the release schedule can halve what you spend on games. Try it, it's liberating. :-)

    Gaming isn't an expensive hobby as hobbies go, but if you're determined to have the newest kit on day one, then yeah, it's going to be pricey, that goes for most pastimes. There's usually cheaper options though.
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  • redcrayon 30/11/2016

    @VRjunkie
    I've stopped buying games because my backlog is out of control. Many of my friends who grew up gaming with me are the same. I used to buy almost every AAA release. Now I average 3-5 a yr. This yr was a bonanza of excellent gaming so 5 this yr (with half a dozen psn games thrown in).
    I'm the same. I keep a rough track of what I spend on my hobbies and this year, with a young family, work etc, I bought five new games. Two years ago it was more like 8-10, and ten years ago it would have been closer to 15. My spend on the hobby has gone right down, as I spend more time toying with older stuff- it just doesn't make sense for to buy £45 games every month when it takes months for me to slog through even games that aren't bloated with dozens of hours of content. What I do instead is keep a list of stuff that catches my eye and pick it up cheap months/years later. The premium for playing a game at launch just isn't worth it to me when I have no interest in multiplayer, and dislike having my very limited gaming time taken up with patches and downloads.
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  • redcrayon 30/11/2016

    @septimus
    New console games are around £45 on Amazon etc. £60 is the high street or digital price.
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  • redcrayon 30/11/2016

    @Supra_Hans
    I find it's the combination of the day one/week one patch, combined with the price getting slashed a few weeks later. It always seems worth either waiting a couple of months for the barebones version of the game to settle in price if I'm excited about a title, or waiting 18 months for the complete edition with all the DLC to me.
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  • redcrayon 30/11/2016

    In any case, exciting games continue to sell. Uncharted 4 came out in 2016 and that was a monster hit. Skyrim Special Edition came out in 2016 and that was a monster hit. Overwatch is a 2016 game and it's a monster hit. What about the new Pokemon games on Nintendo 3DS? Nintendo's biggest ever launch. The Division was a massive hit. And, love it or hate it, No Man's Sky was a massive sales hit. What do all these games have in common? Everyone was really excited to play them.
    What they all have in common (with the exception of the evergreen Pokemon riding high on a Pokemon Go boost that reignited brand recognition amongst lapsed players) is that they weren't all huge, expensive games crammed into a short period of time. Both open world and multiplayer game design demands dozens of hours of investment, and some games have both.

    If Uncharted, The Division, Overwatch and NMS had all released in November, there would have been winners and losers there too.

    Just out of interest, do we have sales figures for Battlefield 1 vs CoD IW yet?
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  • Advertising Standards rules No Man's Sky Steam page did not mislead consumers

  • redcrayon 30/11/2016

    Just looking at the EG front page regarding NMS complaints, FFXV tech analysis and November games being offered for hefty discounts a few weeks later. While there's plenty of criticism to go around regarding release dates, sequelitis etc etc, the overall theme seems to be 'stop blindly pre-ordering games'. Reply +4
  • Should games and politics ever mix?

  • redcrayon 26/11/2016

    @after8ters
    The results were 48.1% remain to 51.9 leave, out of a voter turnout of 72%. 'Majority', while technically correct, doesn't quite cover how split the country is on the matter. I suspect that if the Remain camp had won by such a narrow margin, journalists that supported 'leave' would hardly be saying 'look, the majority want to stay, that's clearly the end of the matter!' :D

    I fundamentally disagree that media outlets shouldn't be allowed a stance on issues too. Our biggest selling papers, and the biggest news website in the world, are incredibly right-wing, railing against a comparatively tiny website with a young audience for not offering multiple viewpoints instead of the opinions of the editorial staff and freelancers is just silly when I don't see people suggesting the Mail just run a cover calling Farage and Johnson traitors 'for balance'. It's pretty obvious where the sympathies of most outlets lie. Besides, the column was an opinion piece, not news or a leader, and we have this discussion every time EGs stance comes up. You might not like the way that most of (Brighton-based) EGs staff tend to be lefties, but I'm guessing its pretty hard to find UK games hacks that will willingly throw a few pro-Brexit, pro-Trump gags into a piece even if they wanted to.
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  • What Zelda can learn from Skyrim

  • redcrayon 25/11/2016

    @Apostate
    Thanks for expanding on that, appreciate it :-)
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  • redcrayon 25/11/2016

    @IronSoldier
    Great stuff :D

    I used to just assume all the quirky weirdness was due to context being lost in translation, now I know better.
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  • redcrayon 25/11/2016

    @TimeFade
    Not really sure how you can say that while calling others fanboys, but hey, you go for it.
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  • redcrayon 25/11/2016

    @TimeFade
    You started out by posting that you think Zelda (a consistently highly rated game series, something hard to do over thirty years) is overrated. The problem with using 'overrated' is that you're basically saying 'everyone that likes it is wrong', as opposed to saying 'I don't like it and here's why', which actually generates discussion rather than argument.

    It's then a bit rich to say that somebody responding to that is the first example of someone acting with the sweeping brush of internet dismissal when you've been doing that since your first post. 'Zelda is overrated' is also a pretty standard example of the kind of low-content sweeping fanboy flak that gets thrown around here in the name of opinion.

    Maybe if you'd started out by not using such a sweeping brush yourself, you'd attract better quality replies.
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  • redcrayon 25/11/2016

    @IronSoldier
    I think you'll find Granny's Garden on the BBC was a formative influence on Miyamoto ;-)
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  • redcrayon 25/11/2016

    @IronSoldier
    As yet another gamer of over 35 years I want to know where this roaring fire is so I can sit in front of it with my slippers on ;-)

    I like both series too, just wish I had more time to play them.
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  • redcrayon 25/11/2016

    @Apostate
    Your post implies that there was little change between Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword and Link Between Worlds. Up to you if you found SS boring, but claiming that the series never changes and thus needs shaking up is very inaccurate, it changes more between entries than most games.
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  • redcrayon 25/11/2016

    This might be more of a soft/aesthetic request, but what I'd like to see Zelda take from Skyrim is more fauna that isn't hostile. Even the chickens in Zelda are homicidal if provoked, but I'd like to see the Hyrule equivelent of deer, rabbits etc, it helps make a landscape feel like an ecosystem rather than a battlefield. Having creatures get spooked and run away if you disturb them in Skyrim makes it feel like a wilderness, I like that. Reply +4
  • redcrayon 25/11/2016

    @TimeFade
    Whenever I hear someone use the term 'proper' with regard to computer game genres all it does is remind me that some people have a very narrow view of what interactive entertainment is if there has to be a correct way to make it.

    Zelda is only an rpg for beginners if you classify it as a wrpg, which it obviously isn't trying to be. By that logic you might as well call Elder Scrolls 'dungeon puzzling for beginners' for having the same tileset and puzzles easily solved by trial and error in a dozen different places, but then it really isn't trying to be that, it's very good at being something else.
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  • UK retailer wants you to buy Nintendo Switch for £198.50 right now

  • redcrayon 24/11/2016

    Don't do it people. It's unlikely they are offering at this price if it's way below what the final price for the basic model will be, and if they want your money four months on advance it's because they need the cash. They might not even be around in March if they have a bad Q4, at which point you getting your console is way, way down the list of creditors.

    If you absolutely have to do this, at least use a credit card to protect yourself from them keeping your cash, but you've got nothing to lose by waiting or pre-ordering with a company that doesn't want money up front. I guarantee Gameseek is not going to end up selling you a Switch for £50-£100 cheaper than elsewhere, if that ends up being the case they'll fiddle their way out of it. Buyer beware.

    I never give companies money in advance, especially as long as four months. That's just bizarre, the cash should be in your account until they ship it or hand it to you.
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  • Fallout 4 one year on

  • redcrayon 24/11/2016

    Seemed so dull and lifeless compared to New Vegas. Liked the android companion though, he was cool.

    I really didn't like being given family members and a mission at the start- it's a roleplaying game where I love to experiment and try different characters, but it's hard to do that when they all have the same voice and are all ultimately on the same rescue mission.

    Being given power armour at the start just made the main character feel like a generic sci-fi soldier too, as if games didn't have enough of them. It felt like more of a generic open world shooter with tedious crafting than the exploration of the last two games where all kinds of oddball weirdness was out there waiting for you between the gunfights.
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  • Titanfall 2, Gears 4 price plunge at HMV on Black Friday

  • redcrayon 22/11/2016

    To be honest, going into a shopping centre on the last weekend in November is easily not worth £30 to me.

    If it's discounted that much now, you'll be able to buy it for that price early next year anyway. Sounds like there's a lot of copies sitting around in a warehouse somewhere.
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  • Resident Evil movie makers set sights on Monster Hunter

  • redcrayon 22/11/2016

    I don't understand why it needs to be a bloke from our world. Plenty of fantasy films allow the viewer to empathise with a character as they explore a fantastical environment, despite that character being from that world.

    It also completely ignores much of the games lore in the organic nature of it- the monsters aren't (well, mostly) a unified opposing force, although some of the dragons have a malign intelligence. They are all part of an ecosystem, with hunters driving them away from settlements where they cause havoc yet understanding that there's a certain harmony in the food chain. Same goes for the settlements, all built out of Monster bones, leather and wood. It's a world with its own kinda weird ecology where everything has a place despite the fragments of information and silliness, that's what makes it so well-realised. Having it end in an office worker fighting a horde of evil monsters at an airport sounds absolutely nothing like Monster Hunter- the closest thing to it in cinema would be 'How to train your dragon' that at least gets the sense of primitive community and harmony right.
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  • Watch Dogs 2 launch sales nowhere near Watch Dogs 1

  • redcrayon 21/11/2016

    @christopherbrady
    Not sure how you're saying people don't want new IP when Titanfall, Destiny, Bloodborne, Splatoon, Watch Dogs etc all did well.

    Of all the potential reasons for poor sequel sales in a crowded November, I'm not sure 'it's because it was new IP this gen' is a reasonable conclusion.

    People can want new IP, and support them at launch, without being obligated to buy iterative sequels (or not doing so meaning they dislike recent new IP).
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  • redcrayon 21/11/2016

    Having a dent put in the industry obsession with Q4 and pre-orders, and customers being more wary about buying potentially hyped and broken games on day one, strikes me as something that could be a good thing if what Ubisoft says about longer tails turns out to be true and not pr fluff. Reply +2
  • redcrayon 21/11/2016

    @Zombie-Hamster
    I think along similar lines- I tend to view October-November as a preview of what's worth buying cheap next year :D
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  • redcrayon 21/11/2016

    @Baihu1983
    Digital sales clock in at around 30%, and probably less in The UK where digital prices are insanely high compared to online retailers. The people who have gone digitally only are still a minority, but even if we guessed at a ridiculously huge uptake of 50% digitally, sales have still dropped off massively from the previous game.

    Agree that digital % sales increases every year and should be tracked, but it's still going to be a long time before they overtake those buying physical copies here.

    As an aside, with this bad a launch compared to the number of copies printed, a large portion of its final sales are going to be physical bargain bin or second hand copies early next year.
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  • Government "behaviour tsar" isn't a fan of Minecraft: "We need to drain the swamp of gimmicks"

  • redcrayon 21/11/2016

    @Tyronne
    I was part of the generation where we had BBC computers at primary school and learned how to make that turtle robot thing draw with a pen, it started a lifelong interest in computing for me. I wonder if the politicians that pushed that national initiative to get kids used to using computers was conducted by his alien 'computer people'.
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  • redcrayon 21/11/2016

    Rather amusing that the government 'behaviour tzar' conducts his arguments with relatively polite critics by being snippy on Twitter. Reply 0
  • Sources: Nintendo Switch to get Pokémon Sun and Moon version

  • redcrayon 18/11/2016

    I was considering trying out sun/moon as my first Pokemon game, but if it's going to end up on the Switch I'm happy to wait a year, it's not like I've got a shortage of 50hr+ games to play on the 3DS between DQVII, SMTIV:A in December and then DQVIII in January. Reply +4
  • Time to kill genre?

  • redcrayon 16/11/2016

    I think the AAA section of the industry merging games into one mega-genre of the open world, multiplayer, XP-bar, crafting, exploration action quasi-rpg is far more of an issue than genre titles that still give an indication of what a game is about. Titanfall 2 may well have some lovely fresh ideas in its campaign, but I bet 99% of the total man-hours spent playing it will be about soldiers and robots shooting at each other. If I'm looking for a game that isn't mainly a shooter, I like seeing shooters labelled as such so I can avoid them. Reply +12
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon review

  • redcrayon 15/11/2016

    @HotCoffee
    Thanks for that, yeah, that's what I'm thinking. I spend ages thinking about army/party synergies in FE/EO and from what I've heard over the years there's enough of that on Pokemon to keep me happy :-)
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  • redcrayon 15/11/2016

    @HotCoffee
    @Chris

    Cheers guys, I hadn't no idea about the term and about the the whole useless moves taking up slots things, thanks for explaining it!

    I must have played dozens of RPGs over the last thirty years but was a bit old to get caught in the craze in the late 90s- these days im thinking of finally giving it a go! :-)

    I've often thought that with some game series now running for 20+ years, what is a tedious slow opening for veterans can still be essential for introducing concepts to new players. My favourite portable games are Fire Emblem, Monster Hunter and Etrian Odyssey, and while the first few hours often has me itching to get to the new stuff, there's enough mechanics that not overwhelming a new player is still something the devs have to bear in mind, even if veteran players have been through it. What some games do is have an option to let returning players skip the tutorial bit and get straight to the meat of the campaign, I wish more games had that option.
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  • redcrayon 15/11/2016

    @ChrisTapsellEG
    As a reader who has never played Pokemon, what's a HM? And is this game any good for beginners?
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  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild to miss Nintendo Switch launch

  • redcrayon 15/11/2016

    @SuperSoupy
    Well maybe they should have put more than 100 people to work on it!!!
    To be fair that's why they only need to sell 2m copies of Zelda to turn a profit (which they'll do easily) rather than Square wanting 10m sales for FFXV.

    Bloated team sizes rushing to reach arbitrary deadlines is what leads to broken games and ridiculous launch day patches and problems.
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  • redcrayon 15/11/2016

    It's a huge game with a lot of systems, giving it that amount of polish is something that most developers can't afford to do. I'd rather they released it in as perfect a state as possible than with a day one 10gb patch, especially when we have no idea how large a memory card it can take.

    Makes me wonder what the launch lineup will be though. I don't think Mario will be there either, and ports of evergreen WiiU games, like Splatoon and Mario Kart 8, while great games, aren't going to really sell a new machine. I hope it's not a mini game lineup like Nintendoland or WiiSports, but that's what they've led with recently.
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  • The importance of games in difficult times

  • redcrayon 12/11/2016

    @HappyGator
    You CANNOT be that gullible.
    If the races were reversed, you'd have no problem calling it what it is.
    Er, what? If I saw a story about some white guys beating up a black guy while saying 'he voted democrat! Get him!', no, I wouldn't immediately assume it was racist, I'm basing my opinion on the same little info and the only motive hinted at either way, but you seem desperate to infer I'd react differently if a black bloke was getting his arse kicked by a white mob that assumed he voted a certain way. Not sure why my feelings would suddenly change based on skin colour.

    It's the same shit as the riots a few weeks back with "Beat they ass! They White!".
    So two questions,
    1. Do you think they're bigots for doing that?
    2. Do you think they then voted for Trump?
    That sounds like an actual racist statement. Unlike the statement in your post that I replied to, 'get him, he voted Trump'. I have no idea who some people voted for by looking at them, and looking at the polls I doubt I'm alone. Sure, if someone attacks someone for voting a certain way, I'll go out on a limb and assume they probably preferred a different candidate.

    If not, then your claim that all bigots voted for Trump is false.
    You are very confused here, although it explains the odd questions to me above. My only post in this thread was pointing out the flaw in your assumption of a racial motive to a beating when the perpetrators are actually screaming why they are doing it and with no indication of a racist element mentioned by a paper that would have loved there to be so.

    I've made no claims about who voted for what at all, not sure why you're directing that at me.
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  • redcrayon 12/11/2016

    @HappyGator
    I can't find any evidence that points to the guy getting beaten up because he was white. They seemed to target him because he voted Trump- that's disgusting, but hardly racist. Here's the Daily Mail link, if there was anything suggesting it was a racist attack on a white bloke because he was white rather than one based on his political view, they would have led with it, that's grist for the mill for their readers.

    https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3925124/amp/You-voted-Trump-Beat-Video-claims-man-beaten-voted-Donald.html?client=safari

    Unless you've got some kind of link to the attackers shouting 'get that white guy!' instead.
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  • GAME to open concessions in WHSmith

  • redcrayon 11/11/2016

    @onemoresolo
    WH Smiths do the same with Post Office counters too. I always thought it was strange with Costa though- in my home town the WHsmiths didn't really feel big enough to need a coffee halfway through shopping there, it made a bit more sense when you see them in huge bookshops rather than grimey little newsagents.
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  • The final Wii U will roll off Nintendo's production line this week

  • redcrayon 01/11/2016

    I loved it, off-TV play has made it the only home console I've used for the last few years. Reply +5
  • Nintendo isn't replacing 3DS with Switch

  • redcrayon 30/10/2016

    Nintendo has said they are supporting the 3DS through 2018. I expect that support to be a few quickly developed games that take few resources, and encouraging a few late localisations.
    Reasons for this include
    A) if the Switch fails, they can release a 3DS successor instead
    B) third parties might prefer the large 3DS user base while the Switch finds its feet.
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  • Is being bad at games really so terrible?

  • redcrayon 29/10/2016

    @RSX901
    Why "lol"? I still refer to games as 'computer games' rather than 'video games', it's still common usage at least in my corner of the UK (or perhaps it's just my group of friends in our late 30s/early 40s). Besides, if you are calling the former an outdated term, the latter also has to be somewhat redundant too!
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  • redcrayon 29/10/2016

    Some game series have been around for decades now, and I've often wondered whether the opinion of someone whose been playing them since the start is as useful to a new player as the opinion of someone coming to it fresh and saying how they found it. Particularly with relatively deep games, the opinion of both someone who can point out changes in the latest edition to veterans and a fresh pair of eyes who can say how easy the basic concepts are to understand and point out anachronisms that feel counter-intuitive to new players feel equally valid to me.

    Game franchises can feel a bit like comics in that they run for so long and pick up so much baggage in an attempt to add something new each time, that old hands can often not notice how overly and unnecessarily complicated the product has become.

    There isn't one best approach, although I like it when reviews offer a second opinion for veteran players if the reviewer is new to the title and vice versa. Otherwise, for game series I know well, I look for reviews written by people that know the series. For ones I'm unfamiliar with, I look for a review written by someone approaching it for the first time too. I don't expect any one reviewer to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of every series I love.
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  • What Skyrim had that Fallout 4 lost

  • redcrayon 27/10/2016

    I love Skyrim, the blank canvas for roleplaying is brilliant. While it's possible to somehow
    be the head of all guilds and the right-hand-man of every Jarl, I tend to define characters by what they choose not to do. I've got characters that have never picked up a sword
    outside of the tutorial, characters that have never been to Whiterun, characters that have zero interest in dragonborns and flying lizards and greybeards. The tools are there to let my imagination just be at play.
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  • Before the Switch: Here's the full line-up of what's left for Wii U and 3DS

  • redcrayon 27/10/2016

    Can't wait for SMTIV Apocalypse in December and DQVIII early next year.

    Later next year, localisations of Etrian Odyssey V and Monster Hunter stories seem quite likely and would round off the 3DS nicely for me. Not quite so interested in Nintendo's remaining first-party stuff but by then I imagine all their best stuff will be on the Switch anyway.
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  • Bethesda's anti-consumer review policy comes as no surprise

  • redcrayon 26/10/2016

    This 'influencers' bit is highly suspect. Effectively 'we want everyone to play it at the same time, but outlets trusted to gush over it can have it early so we can control the message'. It makes the attempt to mask it as integrity in the press release come across as blindingly insincere. Reply +62
  • GAME charges people to try PlayStation VR in its shops

  • redcrayon 25/10/2016

    @varkdm
    You could use that argument for Game charging for demos of any new console or game in-store. Of course some people will walk away and buy online, but their business model is in selling to the large quantity of people that still buy on the high street. It might seem like madness to price-savvy customers to not buy online, but Game still shifts a lot of kit. If they are happy to have demo stations for PS4s, where kids are still
    able to hog them all day and cover the controllers in sweat, snot and wotsit dust, I don't see how your argument doesn't apply there too.
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  • redcrayon 24/10/2016

    @drawfull
    I love the way you've managed to draw the conclusion that the only reason people object to having to pay to have a salesperson try and sell them something is because they are poor. If any shop wanted to charge me to have a look at a new computer/phone/hi-fi/car/telly for a few minutes, I'd shop elsewhere despite being able to afford any of the above. It might only be a fiver, but that doesn't mean I give fivers to every shop I browse in just because I can.

    Presumably they already are happy to have a staffer talk to parents about £400 console bundles this winter for ten minutes the same way lots of retail shops have employed seasonal staff for the last 20 years, I don't see the difference with this particular product other than that they think they can get away with it.
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  • redcrayon 24/10/2016

    @Wayne
    It isn't 'entitled' to think being charged for someone to try and sell you an item is ridiculous. Of course people can vote with their wallet, it doesn't make the concept of charging customers to try out a £400+ piece of electronics for ten minutes any less ridiculous. If I want to see how a new hi-fi, TV or phone works, the sales staff don't start charging for the ten minutes of their time that they spend selling it to me.
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