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  • Xbox One price cut by 20 in the UK, now 329

  • redcrayon 23/09/2014

    @ipar

    @jokerevo so if there xbox division is failing why on earth would Microsoft go out and buy Minecraft for $2.5 billion,it just proves to me that Microsoft have got faith in the xbox brand in the long term.keep these insults coming big fella.
    MS bought Minecraft because a) it was for sale, b) they could afford it and c) it was a bloody good idea because d) it blatantly has a potential timeless quality as digital lego, and it's wildly profitable (unlike many games consoles by various companies).

    You can play it on every platform under the sun, not to mention toys/books/games/franchise tat. It's going to be around forever, even if Xbox didn't exist in ten years time, Minecraft will keep going as it isn't reliant on a single piece of hardware in any shape or form. It's a long-term investment in having the hugely profitable Minecraft available on all future MS hardware plus it's profits elsewhere, not a relatively short-term investment in just Xbox.
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  • redcrayon 23/09/2014

    @ipar
    Rumours started by such Sony fanboys as, er, new (ish) MS CEO Satya Nadella, when he said he thought they should concentrate on their core business? That's what sparked it.

    Perhaps you could point to where I said Sony wasn't losing money hand over fist. I didn't- Sony as a whole are in real trouble, despite the success of PS4.. But you seem unable to separate the future health of xbox division vs MS as a whole. The parent company isn't a bottomless pit of support for products that absorb a lot of resources.
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  • redcrayon 23/09/2014

    @ipar

    I never said MS said anything, my exact words were 'occasional rumour' . There were a few floating around earlier this year like the one below. They've all been refuted (obviously), butmy point is that xbox isn't seen as the highest priority by MS management, which runs contrary to opinions like yours that assume ms will continue to pour cash into it if it keeps losing ground the division took massive losses to gain. MS can scrap gaming and walk away as an option, Sony can't.

    http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/181930-bill-gates-hints-that-microsoft-could-sell-off-its-xbox-division


    And that's quite rich coming from you, I think I've been fairly even-handed about each company while you're in full-on flagwaving mode.
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  • redcrayon 23/09/2014

    @ipar
    And for the record its only Microsoft who are still making money from the xbox one,and Sony are losing money left and right.
    Is ironic isn't it that Microsoft can go and buy Minecraft for $2.5 billion and in the same week sony loses $2.1 billion now you(wait I need to laugh for a second)PS4 fans can dream all day about who is winning and who is losing but its there in black and white.
    I think the difference is that while Sony is hemorrhaging money, the PS division is the least likely to be sold off. Meanwhile, MS has more money than it knows what to do with, but xbox division is the one with occasional rumours regarding selling it off as it's no longer seen as a golden goose. Your 'black and white' view fails to take into account the relative health of the products with regard to the parent company's portfolio- Xbox is now one of the weaker parts of MS. Despite MS being in rude health compared to Sony, losing market share in the only two markets it was leading in hasn't been great for Xbox. Still all to play for though, early days and all that.

    @Negotiator fingers crossed the xbox one will dominate the Xmas in the UK and maybe north America,its got some catching up to do but possible with this price cut and with the big exclusive's coming out before Xmas.
    Come on man, 'fingers crossed'? Really? Why does it matter so much to you that Xbox dominates? If the machine you bought has got the games you want on it, more power to your elbow, but wishing for one media centre to sell more than another is a bit silly. Personally I think it does MS, Sony and Nintendo all a lot of good to spend a few years in the wilderness every so often, wondering what went wrong! :D
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  • redcrayon 23/09/2014

    @jokerevo

    @Sunsprie

    aww are you pissed that even though PS4 has fuck all AAA's that we're still outselling the xbone on your own territory in NA??
    I'm not particularly sold on either console yet, but I think that when you refer to both yourself and the platform holder as 'we', you need to take a step back. It's tedious enough when footy fans do it. If you are giving someone hundreds of pounds and a rolling subscription, you aren't part of the team, you're a long-term customer and they take your cash for granted. They love the fact you think of it that way, it makes you more likely to accept their less-consumer-friendly actions. That goes for both companies (actually, all companies).

    All in all, a more competitive Xbone is good for everyone. I'm liking what Sony have done so far (with the PS4, not the Vita), but anything that might remind them that customer goodwill is only because of a decent launch campaign rather than guaranteed loyalty is a good thing.
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  • The New 3DS XL unlocks the potential of Nintendo's handheld

  • redcrayon 20/09/2014

    @Nikanoru
    @electrolite Please do enlighten me. How the hell would it make sense to include the same charger yet again, when their previous FOUR (that's 4) systems used the same one?

    In what kind of weird reality does it make sense to take the choice away and just force another charger on the people who already own several... instead of *gasp* having it in a separate box?
    In what kind of wierd reality does any product rely on the consumer having bought one of the previous ones? Every product launch counts on gaining new customers. I've bought every Nintendo portable since the GB, but at this point I'd expect them to at least make it compatible with and include a cheap USB charger cable if they don't want to put a plug in the box. That would cost pence on a 200+ product.
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  • redcrayon 19/09/2014

    @VanillaLake
    I've got a 3DSXL, and for me an upgrade is justified just to have the camera on a stick for monster hunter without attaching huge peripherals.

    If I wasn't hopelessly addicted to the series I'd agree with you though.
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  • redcrayon 19/09/2014

    @telboy007
    The problem with trade-in deals is that the system transfer requires you to have both machines in front of you for a good 15 minutes or so, some retailers might be cool with it, some not.

    The one I'm not sure about is transferring all of the data on my 32GB memory card in my current 3DS, over to the new microSD ones used in the New 3DS- presumably I would have to do that via a PC with a card reader before doing the system transfer.
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  • Japan's slumbering giants awake at Tokyo Game Show

  • redcrayon 19/09/2014

    @JinTypeNoir
    Thanks!

    I really hope they localise Phantasy Star Nova, but the odds seem very much against it.

    God Eater 2 sounds good though. As does the collaboration you were talking about- Zodiac, is it?
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  • redcrayon 19/09/2014

    @Pulford
    Ah, cheers!
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  • redcrayon 19/09/2014

    @SuperSoupy
    It's just marketing, though, isn't it? A bit like your average male tough-guys-in-t-shirt-and-jeans in western action games often look similar to each other too. It's not like the protagonists from FarCry, Uncharted and Infamous would look particularly out of place in each other's games, the difference is that the bonkers J-pop look is aimed at a different group of players.

    Maybe it's just that the average western gamer is getting older and a bit more practical, and looking at it as 'I wouldn't go adventuring looking like I've spent 8 hours doing my hair before heading off to a rock gig', hence the characters aimed at us, but the Japanese audience is still teenagers, so it's still kinda relevant. I do see what you're saying though, but FF characters have looked weird for a long time now. At least they arent as bad as Vaan, Tidus, Vanille etc. Although the original Mr Grumpy Teen, Squall, would fit right in.
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  • redcrayon 19/09/2014

    @EG
    Was there much going on for the Vita there?
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  • Hyrule Warriors review

  • redcrayon 18/09/2014

    @minleg
    I see his point- it's not that they didn't like it, it's that the review is almost entirely positive throughout, but then it scores an 8 where the only listed downsides are that it's part of the Warriors series and not the best one, without any further clarification on those points. Not everyone is familiar enough with them to know why that should mean something, especially when, with Link and chums, this is aimed at a slightly broader level of appeal.

    It would have been good to say what specifically makes it not the best one with regard to the series, and what specifically does it do wrong as a game in it's own right, is it repetitive etc etc. If the entire series is auto-docked points for being an acquired taste (something many long-running series could qualify for), maybe a little boxout explaining what exactly the recurring issue is.

    Personally I think I'm going to get it for the looks alone, the colourful battlefields look really appealing to me.
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  • Destiny UK's biggest new IP launch ever

  • redcrayon 15/09/2014

    Quite a lot of people seem to be reading 'Playstation 3 four per cent' as 'PS3 3%'. Reply +3
  • redcrayon 15/09/2014

    @iainmarchant1
    Come on, if you had read as far as the fourth sentence you would have seen that the PS3/360 sales combined were only 17% of the total UK sales.
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  • Editor's blog: About the Destiny review

  • redcrayon 08/09/2014

    @jabberwocky
    I think wanting reviews to happen under the same conditions as for players isn't a bad thing. Journos playing under close scrutiny of the devs and under special server conditions doesn't sound like a good way to review an online game. Does a couple of days really matter in the long run?
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  • redcrayon 08/09/2014

    Looking forward to it, sounds like a plan. Reply +53
  • Sometimes I wish more games were just a vertical slice

  • redcrayon 06/09/2014

    This is kind of why I always go back to 8-bit and 16-bit games, because I can blast through an awful lot of them from start-to-finish in under an hour. If I've got a busy week I don't always want to commit to one evening out of the ten it's going to take me to finish an 18-hour title, and especially if I've only got an hour to play Id rather not spend it playing a tutorial or with the controller sitting on the coffee table while another crap cut scene plays out. Reply +22
  • Microsoft UK confirms it is behind cheeky Destiny fragrance ad

  • redcrayon 05/09/2014

    Smells like Teen Spirit. Reply +1
  • Editor's blog: A brief note about "GamerGate"

  • redcrayon 03/09/2014

    @Ambient_Riot
    That's my point, maybe they should, rather than it only ever being used as ammunition when needed to say that the depiction of women isn't a problem because both sexes are treated appallingly. It might take some of the heat out of discussing depictions of violence if it was ever brought up outside of that angle is all I'm saying.
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  • redcrayon 03/09/2014

    @PlugMonkey
    I just find it amusing that every time violence vs the mainly male characters in games has been raised in the past, it's been discounted in a 'leave our games alone!' kinda way. Now it's being adopted as an argument against highlighting treatment of female characters, in a 'we get it just as bad' kinda way!

    Surely that shift represents something worth discussing in the future, and might even lead to some decent discussion to come out of it eventua... Oh, who am I kidding! :D
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  • redcrayon 03/09/2014

    @blarty
    Ah, fair enough, apologies. As you were! :D
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  • redcrayon 03/09/2014

    @Blarty
    As I said and supplied a link for way downthread, Tom did exactly what you're asking for and addressed it back in November 2012. It's buried under hundreds of posts now though, so fair enough if you missed it!

    I have to admit that I don't read the US sites, but it seems a bit unfair to bash EG around the head with something they did something about ages ago.
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  • redcrayon 03/09/2014

    @dirtysteve
    I think for 'gamer' to be over, there would have to have to have been some kind of definition on what it was in the first place.

    That's what was missing from all of this, for someone to say 'you don't have to target your games at aggressive idiots' rather than 'gamers'. It's also why I generally disregard Leigh Alexanders opinion-she's always needlessly aggressive and it doesn't help, it just catches everyone in the crossfire while she slaps herself on the back for fighting fire with fire, sure that the perceived moral high ground doesn't have any requirement for restraint.

    There's plenty to discuss in the middle ground here. Some of my opinions:
    Do I think Anita's critiques would have received less disgusting responses if she was a bloke, despite this being the internet? Yes.
    Do I agree with all of her critiques? No.
    Is it alright to focus on women in a series entitled 'tropes vs women'? Yes.
    Is it a discussion worth having even if I only agree in part, or even not at all? Yes.
    Is violence against men in games also something we should look at and talk about? Yes.
    Has it largely been laughed at by the community whenever anyone has brought it up before it was being used as a counterpoint to Anita's videos? Yes.
    So is it worth talking about again in the light of a new perspective?
    Yes.
    Could we also look at it without focusing on women?
    Yes, who wants to start! Good luck.

    You might agree with some, all or none of them, that's cool. I just think all of the above are easily worth a seperate discussion but when it all gets lumped in as 'gamers should police themselves better!' It loses a lot of the nuance where fruitful discussion could actually happen.
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  • redcrayon 02/09/2014

    @Murton
    Gonna have to echo many of the comments above and ask why report on just the scandal and not the events that led to it? Surely that's the real news in this sorry situation.

    So come on EG, take the moral high ground for real, tell us how many publishers have offered you exclusive interviews and freebies in exchange for a favourable review and how many offers you have accepted. How many times have you been told not to ask a difficult question and backed down.

    If you genuinely want to be part the solution then you need to stop being part of the problem first. The two are mutually exclusive.
    EG took a stand on this stuff yonks ago. Click on the policy centre link at the bottom of the page, it says what they do and don't pay for, and how they flag up what hospitality has been accepted. By all means critique their treatment of present issues, but the thrust of your argument here is severely misplaced when EG were catching flak from all sides for flagging up crap journo/industry relations and what they were going to do about it a long, long time before it was fashionable to do so. Particularly regarding avoiding a CoD press event that was a pretty big thing at the time. It just seems a bit harsh to unfairly tar their integrity regarding one thing they've actually addressed almost two years back.

    Here you are, November 2012, penned by Tom Bramwell, no less.

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-11-09-editors-blog-new-editorial-policies
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  • Shin Megami Tensei 4 delayed until October

  • redcrayon 03/09/2014

    I would have happily paid full price for this a year ago. At this point, with delay after delay, I just can't find the enthusiasm for it. I might pick it up cheap next year in an eshop sale. Reply +1
  • Nintendo announces new 3DS and 3DS XL designs with extra buttons, improved CPU

  • redcrayon 29/08/2014

    @SG

    2 hours ago
    I am fucking FUMING.

    Nintendo said that they would not be adding a second stick to the 3DS XL because it would alienate their existing customers, so I bought a 3DS XL, knowing that it would be the definitive version of the 3DS. And now they go and do this.

    I think I may actually sell my 3DS out of utter disgust, along with my Wii U and just stick to PC gaming. I'm fed up of Nintendo pulling this shit, the absolute money-grabbing cunts.

    EDIT: I see that Iwata had health problems. Given this news, I hope he dies of fucking cancer. Please understand.
    I understand that you think revision of portable hardware after four years on the market is enough to wish people dead. Jesus wept. 'Company said x and did y' is one thing, wishing people a painful death quite another. Get a sense of proportion.
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  • redcrayon 29/08/2014

    @Rpt81
    Seeing as we're still waiting on SNES ones, I'm not holding my breath! :-)
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  • redcrayon 29/08/2014

    @grassyknoll
    Nintendo wants to make a platform where their handhelds & consoles play the same games (from their last financial report). It seems though that they're going to make a platform where hardware needs to be constantly upgraded (going by this).
    One doesn't necessarily follow the other. I don't think this is an example of constant upgrades needed in the future, it's an upgrade required now to get the portable's hardware features to the point where it can run the same games as the home console. Presumably next time around the two machines won't be so far apart that they need this step.
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  • redcrayon 29/08/2014

    @Oxybelis
    Ah, awesome. Ta for the correction.
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  • redcrayon 29/08/2014

    Dragon Quest X will benefit hugely from the spec upgrade though. Maybe we'll even see it with online play outside of Japan. Reply 0
  • redcrayon 29/08/2014

    @Dantonir
    Isn't the GBC a better comparison?
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  • redcrayon 29/08/2014

    @escalinci
    I agree that nubs are terrible for aiming, but very few 3DS games need it for that, and none I can think of that are upcoming. It's primary reason for existence is as an option for camera controls on Monster Hunter/FF explorers/Xenoblade etc.

    I'd much rather have a proper second stick, something I imagine we'll finally see on their next portable whenever that occurs, but seeing as I played through Monhun on the 3DS with camera lock-on via touch or via dpad, and on the PSP via 'the claw', it's not like a huge amount of accuracy is required and this still seems like better than nothing :-)
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  • Xenoblade Chronicles headed exclusively to new 3DS models

  • redcrayon 29/08/2014

    @cowell
    At the point this comes out in Europe, the original 3DS will be four years old. I think this is fairly obvious quick stopgap towards having their next handheld that is more similar to the console control setup, to take advantage of recent business restructuring.

    The mobile games industry moves quickly, I'm not sure the older, longer lifecycles of portable machines are viable anymore. And if they wanted to push the userbase onto the new machine and immediately and irrevocably split the market, they could have picked a better title than a quick-and-dirty port of a niche JRPG at the tail end of a portable's life. People who read games forums like Xenoblade, nobody else bought it. I think its more of a test for the future of getting one of their most expansive home console games running on a portable, and whats required to do it.

    Is Amiibo compatibility cynical? Maybe, but it's more in line with setting up and testing out their future business model that they've invested millions in than flogging new systems to people who already own them, as far as I can see.

    All in all, the implications leave me more excited for their next portable device than the New3DS, that's become a bit of a random testing ground for their technologies (albeit with an awesome games library).
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  • redcrayon 29/08/2014

    @Golgo
    Where was Monster Hunter 4 announced for WiiU?
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  • Leading creators back latest Tropes vs Women video

  • redcrayon 29/08/2014

    @Guy.J.
    Seeing as we're always yelling at pro games sites for running clickbait headlines, it just seems harsh to lay into a YouTube video for covering exactly what it says on the tin! :-)
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  • redcrayon 29/08/2014

    Just in response to the 'why doesn't Anita cover violence against everyone!' point, the title of this video was 'women as background decoration'. It's not like we have guys in skimpy underwear draped over the background all over the place. You can make a specific point in detail without addressing every issue in every single video.

    I don't agree with all of her points, but I don't think covering violence in games vs men and women (discussed by others previously) is essential to every one of her twelve videos when they each discuss a single subset of a single type of sexism.

    If the video title was 'violence vs female enemies', then sure, you can't really discuss it without mentioning the extreme violence meted out to the male ones too.

    This is why I think it'll be easier to look at her work as a whole when it's done than expecting each thirty minute video that is one chapter of a larger project to address sexism comprehensively. Of course they don't address all issues regarding sexism in games in each video, they aren't supposed to.
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  • redcrayon 28/08/2014

    @Kendrene
    Fair enough, I agree a touch of cynicism isn't a bad thing online, it goes well with an open mind.

    I do wonder how her videos will be seem in retrospect, in, say, five or ten years time. There's plenty of good criticism in this thread but I think a bit of distance and looking back at changes in the industry over this generation (whether publishers take notice of what she's getting at or not) will be interesting too.
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  • redcrayon 28/08/2014

    @Kendrene
    While I do believe she has been threatened online numerous times, there is also a small part of my brain that keeps thinking the timing is sort of convenient. It's happened before after all. If that makes me a cynical cunt so be it.
    Just on timing, isn't it just that whenever she releases a video, she gets threats?

    That's not a pattern of 'convenient' publicity, that's a pattern of direct links between releasing videos online and being threatened on social media.

    I don't think there's anything wrong with being cynical but I don't think she'd be getting the police involved if the threats were fake and she just wanted some sympathy, not to mention that the news sites running her videos, which amount to an awful lot more work than penning a few tweets, reach far more people than forums ever will. Besides, there clearly is such a vast amount of disgusting material that it would just be duplicating what seems to get posted anyway. Isn't the idea of Anita being a master criminal just a touch less plausible than her just making videos on a topic she's interested in and some anonymous wanker getting his rocks off issuing death threats on twitter? There are plenty of them around too.

    I don't know, I realise it's a heated topic but it seems mean to attach the stigma of potentially false claims to someone without any proof when there's plenty enough to talk about in the hours of videos she's made. I'm sure she'd rather people focus on them than the vile nonsense she get's sent, anyway, whether you agree with her or not.
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  • redcrayon 28/08/2014

    @Avaloner
    Hey, I'm 36 too, the age range of my friends is the same as yours, but I admit they don't have the same history of growing up gaming as presumably you and I did.

    Generally, I do think that even if the female audience for AAA games is relatively small, it's insane to leave their money on the table when the things you can do to appeal to them (like toning down the sexual violence and generally treating female characters as having the same range of good/bad archetypes as male ones) don't need to cost that much. Sure, female lead characters might put off a male audience, but why not start with increasing the female audience by not putting them off and letting the quality of the game speak for itself, rather than thinking that we need to change everything immediately and have female leads half the time. Gradual change in gaining a market is feasible, but I'll happily concede that immediate major change is frightening to the publishers who put the money up front, I get that.
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  • redcrayon 28/08/2014

    @Avaloner
    To be fair, my female friends love Bioware's games, Elder Scrolls etc, in addition to Candy Crush and Animal Crossing. They just tend to play RPGs and life sims rather than shooters and GTA. Depends on your friends I guess. I also see plenty of guys in suits stealthily playing Candy Crush on the train, people who don't want others to see them playing games aren't limited to just women.
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  • redcrayon 28/08/2014

    I think there's plenty of valid counter-points to Anita's stuff, some mentioned here, and even a few good videos on YouTube if you dig around and can wade past all the kneejerk, reactionary abuse.

    One I'm not sure about is 'but men are treated terribly too, they die by the hundreds in games!'. That to me is a valid, seperate argument and the elephant in the room, as the games referenced generally have zero respect for the life of both sexes in the name of entertainment. It is more of an argument against the level of violence in general than a counter-point to Anita though, as if some of the generic enemies you kill were women, allowed at least to wear sensible clothes/armour and fight back with all the one-sided chance of your average crap enemy in a game, it would still be a marked improvement on them often just being draped over the scenery for sex appeal and a reason for a guy to go on a noble rescue quest/rampage of revenge. Both of which are tried-and-true, perfectly valid story arcs when taken individually, but don't need to make up such a large portion of male/female dynamics in games as a whole.

    One point, even though there's a few disgusting comments here, the level of discussion is still leagues above the cesspit that makes up previous YouTube comments on anything referencing her, which is why she turned off comments on the video. So thanks to the posters who can discuss the topic reasonably, whether you agree with me or not.
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  • redcrayon 27/08/2014

    @BlueMuffin
    More brainwashing from the liberal lunatics, as if there isn't enough of it in society already.
    The most popular news organisations in the western hemisphere are right-wing. I'm not really sure how you can claim the right-wing press are under-represented plucky underdogs in a modern society. If you want to see real journalistic poison, EG isn't exactly the mirror image of the Daily Mail, is it. Sarkeesian's 'It's OK to like something and critique it at the same time' is a long, long way from the batshit insanity that exists at the fringes of both right and left.

    What are the odds we get a view of gaming from a more centre or right perspective
    There are dozens of gaming media sources, each of them free to have their own stance. The social issues stuff makes up a tiny portion of what even the most lefty outlets like EG publish. Why do you think someone hasn't started rightwinggamer.com, do you think it's a gap in the market? What would it cover exactly? If you think it would just ignore all the social stuff and concentrate on games news and reviews, that's what most of the games sites do anyway. You can also make EG do this by using the filters, something that people who complain about the site always seem to ignore. If you only want news and reviews, the tools are there.

    Eurogamer do nothing but feed its readers a liberal view of the world,
    Why read it if you clearly don't subscribe to their editorial stance?

    that is in-line with their own political views.
    So like every other media outlet on the planet then..

    This place is nothing more than a propaganda machine for the extreme left. Gaming is just a smoke screen to push the agenda.
    Ookay. Someone tell Bramwell that the 99% gaming news and reviews produced by his staff is a really expensive smokescreen for a couple of hundred words a week on social issues surrounding, er, gaming.

    I get that some people don't want to read this stuff and just want to know what games are coming out. That's cool, but the tools are there man, and running the site kinda gives the hacks the right to have an opinion too. If you don't want to read this stuff, filter it out or find another source.
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  • redcrayon 27/08/2014

    @abigsmurf

    To be fair, a good chunk of people looking at a videogames site are probably directly looking for fictionalised gun battles if the combined participant figures for online shooters are anything to go by. Less so the rape and sexual violence. One of those items is one of the most common themes in games, the others something that a viewer might not be happy to suddenly appear in front of them.
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  • redcrayon 27/08/2014

    @bobomb
    What pokemon and minecraft (and also Animal crossing, I think) have in common isn't just cross-gender appeal, it's an appeal across age ranges too.

    Slightly off on a tangent, but it does make me wonder why so many games (and films) need to have 15/18 certificates these days because of swearing, sex and ever-more-graphic violence. It's as if part of targeting a game at the 13-35 year-old male is to deliberately make it as exclusive as possible. My fiancee loves the world and background of Fallout and Dragon Age, and would love to explore them at length, but the fountains of blood and graphic decapitations really stop her wanting to play them. As it is, she tends to avoid the ones that have obligatory brutal melee, and plays stealth/speech/diplomacy if possible. I know plenty of guys who play rpgs that way, but when cornered and forced to fight, they just don't react to it in quite the same way. Anecdotal, of course etc etc. It's not that she doesn't see violence/gore/swearing as part of such engaging medieval/brutal worlds, I've seen her happily playing 'evil' characters and plotting the assasination of various npcs in Skyrim (including a hilariously botched raid on a bank :D ). It's just the sheer visceral nature of it that the designers and lots of players (including me, I love a bit of broadsword-based trauma) seem to revel in that actually stops her enjoying it.

    She was asking me about the upcoming Fantasy Life on 3DS earlier this week, I think that's another one with relatively broad appeal despite it's cutesy graphics.
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  • The worst games I've ever played, by Ellie Gibson

  • redcrayon 28/08/2014

    Cheers Ellie, thanks for playing these games and mining whatever wank-based-jokes you can get out of them so we don't have to. Best of luck! Reply +1
  • PlayStation Plus gets Velocity 2X, Sportsfriends and TxK in September

  • redcrayon 27/08/2014

    Velocity 2X on release, TxK, Joe Danger and PS All-Stars seems like a pretty good deal on my Vita this month.

    I was ready to pay 8-10 for Velocity 2x alone.
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  • GaymerX convention will return following developer donations

  • redcrayon 27/08/2014

    @OneClassyBloke
    Currently there's also stories about Kim Kardashian and Lindsey Lohan on the front page. Whether that backs up my argument or yours I have no idea anymore! :D
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  • redcrayon 27/08/2014

    @jasonchurch
    Regarding your first para, actually, looking at it again from a marketing point of view, I do think that calling it 'GX3' (short for gaymerX3) rather than a whole new name to match the more inclusive theme of the rebrand is a mistake.
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  • redcrayon 27/08/2014

    @SarcasticJoe

    A) I agree with you that the event in its original form wasn't popular enough. That's evident. It's changed. For what it's worth, I even agree that it won't last long-term, even in it's new form and with corporate backing.That doesn't mean that it's pointless, and it doesn't mean that I require it's existence, either, I just think objecting to something harmless that you aren't interested in attending is a bit silly.

    B) Please don't put words in my mouth. At no point have I said that the people shouting online homophobic abuse are the same as the commenters who think the event is pointless in this thread. That's you attempting to paint my viewpoint as an extremist one rather than one explaining that the general toxic atmosphere in some online games might make people more comfortable at this event. Is that really such an unreasonable observation?

    If you're going to continue tarring my opinion as 'strong' or 'black/white', please look at the nuance of your own posts when accusing people of things they haven't said, and particularly me of 'twisting' an argument to suit my terms. That's precisely what you have done here while trying to brand me as the unreasonable party.

    Regarding the commenters who think this event is unnecessary, sure, just as you think of my arguments, I agree that that's their opinion and they are entitled to it. I just think 'what's the harm in a niche LGBT convention rebranding to a 'welcoming diversity' convention'. It'll fail soon enough, let people spend their money where they want without branding things as unnecessary. Hell, 99% of conventions don't interest me, I just don't bother to waste my time telling the people who like them that it's pointless.

    Two questions:
    1) Do you think a arts or film convention with a focus on LGBT issues would get quite the same reaction?

    2)Do you think my other points of 'a show welcoming everyone is a good thing' and 'live and let live' are also somehow evidence of a 'black/white' viewpoint, or an unreasonable one? Or are they perhaps part of the middle ground? There's some stuff we can agree on here, surely.
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