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  • Horizon Zero Dawn review

  • redcrayon 21/02/2017

    @CharlieBigBollox
    You've missed that he's damning that list with faint praise. While it's 'at least competent', what he's also saying is that those elements are an 'indistinguishable blur' due to being a checklist of common open-world AAA game ideas.
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  • redcrayon 20/02/2017

    This is nothing, Zelda's review thread is going to be total meltdowns from large numbers of posters no matter what badge it gets here. I predict salt from this thread spilling over and nobody talking about the actual criticisms on show. Reply -1
  • redcrayon 20/02/2017

    @Elba
    How is 'no score' a 'somewhat negative' review? 'Mixed might be a better term, as Martin explains the pros and cons as he found them. There is a real problem with how people read review scores if anything that isn't top marks is 'somewhat negative'.
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  • redcrayon 20/02/2017

    @Killerbee
    I remember reading lukewarm reviews for Dragon's Dogma back in the day and thinking "but... this sounds BRILLIANT!!!" It turned out to be probably my favourite game of its generation, meanwhile Skyrim (which critics seemed to adore) sits unfinished on my PC's hard drive.
    I think that too when reading lukewarm reviews sometimes, I've generally found 'add a point or two if you really like this kind of thing' to be a good guide to the general consensus on games. Lots of the games I like are fairly niche (Monster Hunter, strategy games, dungeon crawlers) and it's a rare day when critics give them top marks even when I've found them to be top tier within their own genre.

    If someone really likes open world games and the gameplay loop of unlocking the map and story missions interspersed with sidequests, I dare say they'll get more out of Horizon than someone like me who's now a touch bored of post-apocalyptic drama and looks at such games as a bit like dashing between a bloated list of chores, interspersed with awesome set pieces. I mean, I'm sure some of my favourites look like utter tedium to some reviewers too, but I don't haunt the threads complaining about the often middling scores given to such titles. To each their own and all that!
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  • redcrayon 20/02/2017

    I'll never understand why people want all opinions to chime in together, as if outliers are 'wrong'. A mixed review is useful in that at least it's more likely to offer some criticism, it's not like the world needs another gushing 'it's awesome!' review when there's 20 already rather than having some that dig into what didn't seem quite as good to the reviewer. There are so many outlets that review games it's easy to find a handful that you trust more than others, and futile to expect them all to fall into line and hand out the same score. I'd be even more suspicious of the relationship between the press and the publishers if that was universally the case.

    To me the main selling point of Horizon is the robot dinosaurs, they sound inventive and fun to fight, and look great. But on the other hand, I'm also growing weary of both post-apocalyptic settings and the modern AAA open-world game. Good to hear it's about 30 hours, that's pretty much the sweet spot for this kind of game to me, some of them are far more bloated than that.
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  • Dead Space is the sequel Resident Evil 4 deserved

  • redcrayon 19/02/2017

    I loved the first one, the next one was more of an action shooter that lost a lot of what made the first appeal to me, but was still a solid game. By the third one it was yet another multiplayer shooter in a sea of them last gen. Reply 0
  • PlayStation Now is discontinuing service on PS3, Vita and PlayStation TV

  • redcrayon 16/02/2017

    @trufflesonline
    So basically the Vita is now officially a dead platform to Sony? Honestly as much as I liked the hardware for the Vita to me it seemed like it had even less support than even the Wii u.
    I don't know about 'now', the Vita has been dead platform to Sony (outside of Japan) for years.
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  • Nintendo's latest mobile gamble doesn't quite pay off

  • redcrayon 09/02/2017

    As a shopping window for the series proper it works - it certainly sent me packing to my 3DS to polish off the gargantuan Fates for a proper fix -
    Seeing as that is the aim of all of Nintendo's mobile efforts, as opposed to directly translating their main titles to mobile, I'd say that's mission accomplished for them.
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  • Being Player Two is rubbish

  • redcrayon 06/02/2017

    Natalia can only point at things. Yes, literally, she points out enemies with her index finger
    I'm playing through a Phoenix Wright game at the moment and can confirm that pointing at people can have all kinds of physical effects :D
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  • Are Warhammer's Skaven misunderstood?

  • redcrayon 25/01/2017

    Right now a Grey Seer is crafting a 'Skaven: Alternative Facts' press release to be delivered to the door of the Altdorf Times. 'Skaven are brave, loyal, long-lived engineers of finest-quality machinery, not to be confused with Dwarfs who are cowardly back-stabbers scrabbling around in the darkness throughout their short lives.' Reply +4
  • When games get collectibles right

  • redcrayon 25/01/2017

    @Nikanoru
    Link Between Worlds does it with the little collectible creatures, dividing the map into areas with a number remaining, makes finding the last few much easier. I dimly remember Minish Cap doing it with its coins as well but I could be wrong, maybe I'm mixing them up.
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  • GAME cancels Resident Evil 7 Collector's Edition orders due to broken Baker Mansion statues

  • redcrayon 24/01/2017

    @MrBeast
    That makes sense, thanks for that, I was wondering.
    Reply +2
  • redcrayon 24/01/2017

    What is it that makes people go nuts for these poor-quality models in 'collectors' editions, the bendy sword in the Zelda one also looks a bit rubbish.

    If you like models and miniatures, there are a range of companies that do really nice ones, the stuff that gets included in these box sets is invariably cheaply cast and sloppily painted tat. To each their own I suppose.
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  • The Banner Saga 3 Kickstarter campaign begins

  • redcrayon 24/01/2017

    Alright EG, you can have comedy subtitle of the day with that one :D Reply 0
  • Toukiden 2 has a European release date

  • redcrayon 24/01/2017

    That looks pretty cool. One of the things I like about Toukiden is that the ally npcs are much more competent than most other hunting games, which makes single player more interesting. Will check this out. Reply +3
  • Revealing Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide pulled from Amazon

  • redcrayon 23/01/2017

    I'm not putting any faith in a deduction of how dungeons there are based only on which bosses get namechecked on the back of a map. Zelda LTTP features one initial dungeon, then a run of three, then a further eight in the dark world that aren't visible at the start. Zelda OOT has three initial dungeons then five more in another time period.

    The idea of making firm predictions based on scraps of info is a bit silly, who knows how many dungeons are essential, what size they are and whether they have bosses that aren't mentioned on the map. It could be that those four are a final run of four 'generals' or major antagonists, being preceded by another run of easier initial locations with minor bosses or specific Guardians that don't warrant a mention for all we know.

    I honestly doubt they've put the entirety of the rogues gallery on the back of a piece of cloth in the US special edition.
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  • The big Zelda: Breath of the Wild interview

  • redcrayon 19/01/2017

    @Chucklepie
    Thanks for taking the brave journalistic stance and asking what he thought of the £20 price difference and whether it'll affect sales. Oh, hang on....
    Weirdly, the WiiU version has gone up to £48 on Amazon and the Switch one down to £50. I'm not sure you can hold the game director responsible for UK online retailers setting prices.
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  • There's a new Fire Emblem coming to the 3DS this year

  • redcrayon 19/01/2017

    @ktej
    I wouldn't be surprised if they've got unannounced Switch games to reveal over the next six weeks or so.
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  • redcrayon 18/01/2017

    @VanillaLake
    My theory is that 'Echoes' is a sub-header for FE remakes with modern twists, and eventually we'll see Echoes: Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn with a new lick of paint to cover a gap in the Switch release schedule a few years down the line.
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  • redcrayon 18/01/2017

    Can't believe they managed to keep this secret, it's what, 4 months out? Reply +7
  • Nintendo's next big mobile game is coming to Android first

  • redcrayon 18/01/2017

    While I'm not a fan of FTP and the gambling system to get the characters you want, I think they've translated the core elements to smartphones quite well. It can't be a full-fat FE game without undercutting the console entries, but the 4v4 battles for quickplay, portrait battlefields and nice use of icons to denote weapon/magic triangles are elegant simplification. They've obviously thought hard about it and as a fan of the series I like what they've come up with there, but I'm just struggling to get past the gambling element as ultimately I find it's a mechanic designed to get money through frustration. Reply +2
  • Fire Emblem Warriors is slated for autumn on Switch and New 3DS

  • redcrayon 18/01/2017

    @MrDurandPierre
    Your article implies that Hyrule Warriors Legends was only for N3DS- that's not true, it's a standard 3DS title.

    It ran much better on N3DS which is probably why this isn't going to be available for the basic models.
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  • Game based on Warhammer 40,000's Necromunda announced

  • redcrayon 18/01/2017

    @cowell
    The licenses concern multiple different ports of tabletop games, board games and adaptation to computer game genres. 'Warhammer' is a pretty broad overarching banner considering that a game of the 40k ones like Space Hulk, Space Marine or Dawn of War has sod-all to do with each other, let alone Blood Bowl, Total War, Mordheim or Warhammer Quest. Hell, even the adaptation of the Space Hulk board game has little in common with the adaptations to Space Hulk FPS games in terms of gameplay.

    Necromunda itself, while originally being a turn-based tabletop game about gang warfare in the 41st millennium with some nice (for the time) 3D terrain, has very little in common with the usual focus with the major 40k factions, so don't expect to see Space Marines, Eldar and Orks.
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  • £60 Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Nintendo Switch now £50 on Amazon UK

  • redcrayon 18/01/2017

    I didn't think it would happen so quickly but Switch games were always going to settle down around £45-£50. It was just Amazon chancing their arm to see if everyone could rinse early adopters, before another online retailer blinked. Reply +1
  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Switch and Wii U differences outlined

  • redcrayon 18/01/2017

    @666pazuzu
    Depends when you bought it really. I bought my 3DS nearly six years ago, I'm quite ready for a portable upgrade.

    I totally understand that for people who wanted a new home console, Switch might be disappointing. But for portable gamers it looks like a decent step up from the Vita/3DS to me.

    Problem is they are selling it as a home console you can take with you, when it's tablet form blatantly gives it away as a decent portable with TV-out. Unfortunately they are caught in a bind and can't afford the narrative of it being an upgrade for the 3DS yet when that's the device that's still going to be contributing to their bottom line for the next few quarters and the WiiU isn't.
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  • Zelda: Breath of the Wild download fills almost half Nintendo Switch internal storage

  • redcrayon 16/01/2017

    @Lamb
    My usual argument for carts at the moment (considering that I carry a portable and play on the train most days) with a 3DS is that if you lose the console you lose your digital games, whereas at least with carts you only lose the one that's plugged in. I'm sure Nintendo could do something if I ever did lose it (I'm pretty careful) but carts seems less hassle considering I mainly play RPGs and change games every few weeks rather than every few hours.

    Hopefully a decent account system will sort that out (for me, I'm sure plenty of EGers are
    happy with all-digital!).
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  • redcrayon 16/01/2017

    @Der_tolle_Emil
    Hey, no prob- I'm pleasantly surprised Zelda is that trim :D

    It does mean publishers prone to huge file sizes and patches will have to be a touch careful to make sure their game is even downloadable if the user hasn't bought a memory card, I hope that doesn't become yet another barrier, although it's not like it could make the situation much worse with third-party support for such games.

    What's Skyrim these days with the DLC, around 20gb or something like that?
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  • redcrayon 16/01/2017

    @Der_tolle_Emil
    Im sure there are plenty of game metrics less important than file size considering that this is a thread about the file size of a particular game, the size of the Switch's on-board capacity and the cost of memory cards.

    I'm not complaining about it by the way. I'm quite happy that they decided to let people use whatever card they wanted (as the costs drop over time, making expanding it down the line nice and easy) rather than a proprietary one.
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  • redcrayon 16/01/2017

    Of all the things to lay into the Switch about this week, it taking an industry-standard-for-portable-gadgets memory card (available in various sizes and getting cheaper all the time) seems a bit pointless. What next, objecting to it being compatible with industry-standard USB chargers and battery packs too? It's a step up from the proprietary chargers (3DS) and memory cards (Vita) to me.

    There's a shedload of other stuff worth querying, Zelda seems pretty restrained in terms of file size for a modern AAA game but the £60 RRP price tag seems a bit steep.

    If they'd have included 64gb of on-board memory, people would have complained about that too, EG readers were always going to be likely to want more than what's packed in.
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  • Nintendo Switch's bundled Joy-Con grip doesn't charge controllers

  • redcrayon 16/01/2017

    The joycons have a charge of ~20 hours. With a console controller I was always leaving it on the coffee table so glad that I could play while it was charging as I'd inevitably forget, but surely the idea with the Switch is that you dock the joycons when it's not in use- the Switch itself is a pretty obvious 'charging station'.

    I remember buying a charging station and battery packs for the Wii remotes, but if you could have just slotted them on top of the thing I would have been fine with that too.

    People are better off waiting and seeing exactly how often they run out of power before shelling out for expensive accessories. I'd rather just get used to slotting the joycons on the Switch after every few sessions (neater that way too) than buy another bit of plastic that will end up in my cupboard full of gaming peripherals.
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  • Switch clicks in the hands, but on paper, it's in trouble

  • redcrayon 16/01/2017

    @RobTheBuilder
    I'm not sure that Nintendo's fan base that buy it for Zelda are likely to be satisfied with it 'for a few months'. It looks great but I imagine after the first few weeks, as they reach the conclusion and start looking around rather than replay a lengthy open-world game immediately, the cupboard will be looking pretty bare.

    I mean, I love Zelda but I can't remember one taking me more than a few weeks to finish, probably because of just that- if you really enjoy a game you tend to make time to play it.

    On the plus side, I suspect they haven't revealed everything yet, particularly with what will be available on the eshop at launch.
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  • redcrayon 15/01/2017

    One thing I thought was a positive was the parental controls video. My wife loved it and thinks it's the one we should get for us and our daughter based on that. That and the joycons meaning that there will be games we can all play together that don't need mastery of a dozen buttons and twin sticks. Reply +3
  • redcrayon 15/01/2017

    The price of the games is going to be the biggest hit for me. I don't mind the console price as it's a one-time cost, but as someone who mainly uses portables going from £35 to £60, or even £50 once the prices settle a bit, is a big jump.

    That's going to be even more of an issue when convincing their portable fan base to upgrade than people used to home console prices.

    I mean, Dragon Quest VIII comes out next week, it's £28 on Amazon. Presumably when DQXI comes out on Switch it'll be at least £50 from online retailers. I know it's a home console game as well as a portable one, and it's obviously got a much higher budget etc, but even so double the price is hard to swallow when you've been used to portable prices.
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  • redcrayon 14/01/2017

    @deacentis
    The reason online retailers slash prices is to undercut the high street, compete with each other and compete with the supermarkets, the second-hand market isn't what it was.

    Agree that few people bought physical copies of PS4 games at £60, but I think the same will happen for the Switch. They'll be £60 on the eshop and the high street but online retailers will drop it to £50 soon enough as competition heats up, and then £45 a couple of years down the line, same thing happened for the WiiU. Right now there's zero incentive to sell them for anything less, they are just seeing what they can get away with for as long as possible. Once Amazon uses its tax-dodging ways to swallow the cost and undercut everyone by a fiver prices will start to fall just like they have done for every other console.

    It's just a bit of a shock to a lot of customers to see UK online retailers not offering heavy discounts as there's only a handful of SKUs and it's in all their interest to not drop the price while interest is high. Once one of them blinks, the others will follow.
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  • redcrayon 14/01/2017

    @deacentis
    I don't think the listed online retail prices two months before a console launches will represent what the actual online retail prices will settle as two months later once competition sets in, or mean that they will never drop as time goes by.

    Plenty of PS4/XBO games were listed as £60 before they settled to £40-£45, and the WiIU games started at £50 before settling around £25-£38 later on, depending on the game. 3DS games started at £40 but settled at £28-£35 on Amazon.

    The online retailers are just using the RRP as a guide to rake in as much cash as they can while customers are buying blind, to see who blinks first in slashing prices. Later this year we'll have a better idea of what the going rate for a Switch game is likely to settle at (although Game will stick mercilessly to £60 on the high street and so will the eshop).
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  • Nintendo confirms Switch launch lineup of games

  • redcrayon 13/01/2017

    @Miyamotosan
    Yeah, I think there's zero chance that Switch games stay at £60.

    Pretty much every console I can remember has started with trying to make an optimistic leap in prices (from the retailer's perspective) before it gets gradually relaxed as competition and the need to encourage sales sinks in.

    £60 on Amazon etc is a bold jump considering that WiiU titles were RRP £50 but commonly sold for anywhere from £25- £40 from online retailers. The extra £20 tax on a Switch copy of Zelda compared to a WiIU one is particularly ridiculous.

    I think prices will settle a bit in the next couple of months, it's just retailers chancing their arm to see if customers will swallow it. I'm more of a cagey old Hylian Loach than a minnow biting at the first bait though :D
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  • Nintendo's precarious reveal runs risk of Switching off fans

  • redcrayon 13/01/2017

    Have they mentioned anything about the VC yet, how much will be available, whether games can carry forward like Wii>WiIU? Reply +1
  • redcrayon 13/01/2017

    That 32GB seems a bit mean for on-board memory in 2017. Do we know what kind of memory cards it takes? I'm sure I've got a couple of 64GB ones hanging around that will see me through the life of the system.

    Does anyone really expect to be using a phone/tablet/portable for HD games on a lengthy flight and not have to charge it from USB/battery pack these days? If I want to watch films/play games on a device on a plane for hours I always carry a cable and plug it in. Even my train and various coffee shops have sockets all over the place.

    Price seems a touch high and while the 2017 line-up looks great, the launch day lineup looks weak apart from Zelda. Might wait for a better bundle later this year. Excited for Fire Emblem Warriors, Xenoblade 2, SMT, Dragon Quest XI, Mario Odyssey and that new Squenix game, but we won't see any until the end of the year.
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  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 announced for Nintendo Switch

  • redcrayon 13/01/2017

    What on earth is going on with his trousers?

    Still, looks great, was that whalesong coming from the big thing at the end? That and riding around on a tiger look cool. Less keen on the main character design.
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  • The Nintendo Switch paid online service doesn't sound great

  • redcrayon 13/01/2017

    I wonder how much they are going to charge for this. If it's £40 it invites an immediate, very poor comparison with PS+ etc.

    The only thing that makes sense to me is if it's much cheaper, but I can't really see Nintendo doing that either. £15 a year I'd be happy with just for online for one system where the whole point of it is that it's also a portable where online is useless while I'm commuting.

    Ah well, the only game I ever play online is Monster Hunter so I'll just sub for a few months whenever that's released.
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  • Nintendo Switch battery life detailed, capacitive touchscreen confirmed

  • redcrayon 13/01/2017

    With battery packs/power banks and USB chargers these days battery life isn't the problem it used to be. I use a portable every day on the train and never run out of power as it can charge off the same thing that I keep for an emergency charge of my phone etc. Reply +4
  • Here's when you can pre-order the Nintendo Switch from Amazon UK

  • redcrayon 12/01/2017

    @Peew971
    6am. British Summer Time is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. No reason for anyone to be using BST in January.
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  • redcrayon 12/01/2017

    @Hellotherenow
    But Persona 5 is made by Atlus, and they've put a hell of a lot more stuff on Nintendo's portables than on the PS4. Etrian Odyssey, EO: Untold, Soul Hackers, SMTIV, SMTIV:A, Persona Q, Devil Survivor etc. TMS on the WiIU as well. Are they a 'decent third party' or not :D
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  • Shovel Knight is coming to Switch, introduces new pricing scheme

  • redcrayon 12/01/2017

    @Bambot
    SK is my favourite new IP this gen, and an example of a studio that's committed to putting out promised content (along with constant reports on development) long after bigger studios would have given up. Great to see YCG supporting the Switch, they might not be a huge multinational AAA developer, but they are certainly a studio I want to see more from.
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  • Dragon Quest 8: Journey of the Cursed King 3DS review

  • redcrayon 10/01/2017

    @berelain
    I don't know whether this DQ has it, but the other remakes on DS/3DS have a good 'orders' command where you can tell NPCs to choose their own moves but all-out attack, save MP, prioritise healing etc. Put one on healing duty and they'll take enemy actions that happen during the turn (like heavy damage to a party member immediately before their action) into account. Works better and much faster than trying to guess at the start of the turn or micromanage (apart from on the tougher bosses where they have a limited selection of moves that's easier to anticipate). They'll often come up with reasonable ideas for inflicting damage or exploiting weaknesses that are worth taking note of too if you aren't too familiar with DQ.
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  • redcrayon 10/01/2017

    @SimonSays182
    It's a bit of a wash in terms of RPGs on the portables for me. Dragon Quest VII, VIII, Bravely Second, Pokemon and SMTIV Apocalypse have given the 3DS a beast of a year, but then Trails of Cold Steel 1/2 and the upcoming Ys VIII sees Falcom putting in work on the Vita. The 3DS had Fire Emblem and 7th Dragon last year if we include dungeon crawls and SRPGs, but then the Vita had Grand Kingdom, Odin Sphere and Stranger of Sword City. I'm having trouble putting Darkest Dungeon down too.

    I wouldn't call either a slouch based on the last year or so, my pile of 40 hour+ portable RPGs has got my commute sorted until at least 2018 at the moment! DQVIII is going straight to the top though :)
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  • Sources: Microsoft and Platinum part ways on Scalebound, development ceased

  • redcrayon 10/01/2017

    @C-Gar
    Fair point :-)
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  • redcrayon 10/01/2017

    @C-Gar
    Personally I think two articles by two authors saying different things is a healthier position than a publication having a strict 'party line' or narrative for the upcoming year that all it's writers need to adhere to.
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  • New year's resolution: Let's stop screaming

  • redcrayon 08/01/2017

    @-Gemini73-
    Fair enough.

    Thanks for the comedy '-1' whoever that was :D

    @ruby
    Oh great, a negger and a spambot. My fan club goes from strength to strength!
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  • redcrayon 08/01/2017

    I also think we should just have a '+1' button to acknowledge good posts and allow filtering, and also a 'report' button. If a post is genuinely trolling, make it easy to let the mods handle it, but this '-1' button lets perfectly reasonable but unpopular opinions get buried out of spite. Which creates echo chambers and makes it far, far easier to bury someone's post than put together a cohesive response. Particularly on hot topics you can see where the phantom neggers go through and '-1' one entire side of a discussion.

    It's been raised on EG several times over the years but I'd love to hear the current reasoning behind the neg button, as if it's to allow filtering and auto-hide crap posts it's understandable but doesn't quite work as intended in practice.

    I love the idea downthread for adding reasoning too- being able to click '+1' and then 'well argued' or whatever. Gives encouraging context for why a post got marked as good by the community, rather than a general wall of anonymous support.

    When replying to a post, having an easy option to quote them (or nested replies) would make sense when popular news threads can hit 200+ comments very quickly too. I support any cry for cooler heads to prevail on here, but it would be cool for EG to at least have a think if their comments threads can be improved. A few mild changes to functionality might discourage drive-by activity that turns the place into a shouting match sometimes and encourage entertaining discussion instead.
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