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  • GAME launches unattractive new 36 loyalty card scheme

  • redcrayon 19/05/2017

    @SHPanda
    Ah, fair point, I see what you mean!
    Reply +1
  • redcrayon 19/05/2017

    @BonzoBanana
    It's not dislike for the the general concept of a physical shop selling media at a higher price, it's that Game has a history of gaffes. If I buy a book at a higher price in Waterstones rather than from Amazon, they don't spend five minutes asking me to insure it etc based on whatever script the poor sods have this week, don't sell me a secondhand copy as if it's new, don't charge my credit card nine times upon despatch from their warehouse, don't charge me for a loyalty scheme, etc etc. Having said that there's probably a books forum poster somewhere with a litany of their 'charge sheet' too :D
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  • redcrayon 19/05/2017

    @SHPanda
    I think it's fair to say that, the vast majority of the time, Game is going to be more expensive than an online retailer. If you continued to list examples, it would quickly show Game's prices up. For example- Fire Emblem Echoes- 32 on Amazon, 40 in Game. Zelda BotW- 48 on Amazon, 60 in Game. Not to say that the odd decent price can't be found there, or that overheads don't exist, but your depiction of 'sometimes cheaper here, sometimes there' based on three examples is way out of proportion with prices across the whole range seeing as you're otherwise calling for accuracy.
    Reply +1
  • redcrayon 19/05/2017

    I have quite a lot of loyalty cards in my wallet, offering various small discounts or vouchers following continued purchases at the shops I use on a regular basis. The local supermarkets, B&Q, Boots, a couple of coffee shops. All of them are in competition with other retailers and so none of them charge me 36 a year to be an 'elite' customer. It's kind of undone by them admitting that not every customer is going to spend enough to make it worth it- if I don't buy enough games to make it worth it, why would I want any money locked in as Game credit? The only paid loyalty schemes I can think of have more tangible gains (cheaper, faster delivery on Amazon Prime) or heftier discounts (Various games shops in the US), both of which are more obvious and immediate benefits than paying for a slightly increased percentage gain over time. Reply +2
  • Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia review

  • redcrayon 18/05/2017

    @Graxlar_v2
    Ah, I see!

    Personally whenever my roster gets a bit full in FE, or particular characters (normally the whinier kids and nobles) are being annoying, I'm prone to confiscating the kit from the most annoying ones and sending them off to get killed!
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  • redcrayon 18/05/2017

    @Graxlar_v2
    Ah, fair enough. I haven't played it so have no idea.
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  • redcrayon 18/05/2017

    I really like the idea of an item with a limited number of uses that lets you redo an action. Considering the more complex FE maps can up to 45mins of play, that should help deal with the frustration of receiving a critical attack from the boss at the end and choosing between restarting or losing someone. Reply +3
  • EA reckons 40% of console game sales will be downloads by the end of 2017

  • redcrayon 10/05/2017

    It's an interesting picture- digital prices for new U.K. home console games are ridiculously expensive compared to physical copies, but then I expect this figure includes full games sold in sales where the price is slashed throughout the year too, and the sales on PSN are often pretty good. Most retail shops sell their back catalogues through a mix of discounted and second-hand sales, where the availability of a new copy of older titles gradually disappears, while the latter of which obviously doesn't matter to the publisher. Digital allows them to keep the back catalogue visable, promoted and selling for much longer.

    Personally I always buy physical copies of new games as they are cheaper and I often sell them on, but I buy plenty of older ones in the digital sales too as long as they have a hefty discount.
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  • The appeal of Nintendo's new handheld play is plain to see

  • redcrayon 08/05/2017

    My creaking 'old' 3DS XL has done me proud (including 500+ hours of various Monster Hunter games). I haven't been tempted by any of the new models since, but they do look very nice. On the off chance my ol' reliable doesn't see me through the next couple of years, I'll pick up one of these just to have something to play my collection of DS/3DS games on. Reply 0
  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe holds off Prey in UK game chart

  • redcrayon 08/05/2017

    @the_ewan
    Right now the message from Nintendo to anyone who believed in them enough to buy a Wii U is "Sucks to be you, but we're OK, we've got new friends now".
    Is it really? I loved plenty of games on the WiiU, felt like I got my money's worth out of MK and MonHun alone. Can't really say that I blame Nintendo for moving on with a fresh start, abandoning any Wii association, launching with BotW and porting MK8. Just seems sensible to me.

    The value proposition of any console is always at its poorest at launch, where the hardware is priciest and the games range smallest. If you think they should have games that aren't on WiiU to make it seem like a better buy to WiiU owners (aside from advancing its concept of play anywhere), they'll be along later. For me the best thing they could do to reassure me as a previous WiiU owner is to do what it takes to make a success of the console long term this time, rather than just lure me at launch with something pretty. Getting their big evergreen titles out at launch is part of that, as is a strong slate for later this year.
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  • redcrayon 08/05/2017

    @_TheDarkSide_
    Thanks! Yeah, I've been looking forward to it for a while. Got a good deal on selling my WiiU and games so I'm just waiting on a nice Switch bundle later this year now. I've still got a couple of 3DS/Vita games to play first anyway.
    Reply +1
  • redcrayon 08/05/2017

    @_TheDarkSide_
    I had a WiIU with MK8 (recently sold it, and didn't buy the DLC). I'll still be getting MK8D later this year- the portability makes a big difference to me as the commute is the only time I really get to play these days.

    I certainly don't expect a discount either- it's 42 and by the time I've knocked off the value of the DLC included, it still seems good value seeing as I know I'll get dozens of hours of play out of it. In-built local multiplayer is a great feature too.

    I put dozens of hours into the WiiU game and have no qualms about picking it up again, for something I know I'll dip in and out of for as long as I have the console.
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  • Meet the man with 1200 Platinum trophies

  • redcrayon 04/05/2017

    @MattyRuzafa
    Competing to be the best at something in the world is different to completing a large number of rudimentary, attainable challenges. I like swimming, whether it's indoors, outdoors, whatever. If someone set me hundreds of basic challenges of various lengths and times to beat over a period of years, that the vast majority of amateurs could handle given enough time, I could probably rock that. But to compare that with competing with the best in the world at the Olympics or whatever? No chance. Filling out a monstrously huge trophy list of arbitrary challenges set to players by the developers is completely different to the focused dedication required of those at the very peak of what an athlete can achieve. It's more like comparing kids collecting every possible scouting badge to being a serious adventurer competing to reach the North Pole against the clock and stiff competition.

    I mean, there's an easy comparison, which is e-sports, the skills needed to remain at the top level of a single game for even a few years being slightly different to just the determination to kill x guys with weapon x a thousand times, beat a game on the highest difficulty level with save points every few minutes or play through every licensed game even though they are designed for kids to be able to easily complete. Just time, money and guides will get you an awful lot of platinums, it won't make you a world-class competitor at anything if you aren't competing against serious opposition.

    Stuff like being the fastest human on the planet, pushing the body to the limit and shaving hundredths of a second off a record kept for decades, is an achievement acknowledged and hotly contested worldwide because it's measurable, extraordinary and something only a very small number of people can do. As opposed to taking a set of computer game challenges to an somewhat unusual extreme, which almost anyone could eventually do but few see the point of.
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  • redcrayon 04/05/2017

    @X201
    To be fair, I've had a PS3 and/or Vita for the last decade, have finished several dozen games, and dont have a single platinum. Such trophies usually require actually looking at them to see what the conditions are and trophies just don't interest me at all, I've got the notifications turned off. To each their own and all that- some of my friends pursued them relentlessly for a while.
    Reply +1
  • redcrayon 04/05/2017

    @Eternal_Lee
    I suspect Sony don't want to be seen to encourage obsessive behaviour. While this guy might have the secure job, finances and an understanding wife (although I'm a touch concerned about the kid) to platinum a game every 2.5 days, grinding for hours each day over a period of years, trying to emulate it is not going to end well for everyone, particularly children/adolescents. The media love a good 'obsession with playing games all day caused mental health problems' story, and perhaps Sony's PR desk looked at him, thought about the pros/cons and then wondered what they stood to gain/lose by rewarding someone that's already bought 1200 games. His hurt feelings don't cost them anything.

    Personally I can't wait to play games with my daughter, rather than have her watch me grind through every shitty game under the sun before setting them to play on autofire at night. Kinda hard to teach 'everything in moderation' like that.
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  • Teenager behind Microsoft and Sony hacks jailed for two years

  • redcrayon 26/04/2017

    @Rathbone
    Yeah, only the most cynical of politicians, desperately in need of a populist point to add to a manifesto, would do that. Fortunately only the most honorable, truthful and humble of people go into politics, prepared to spend their life in service to these isles rather than the pursuit of personal glory. Such noble souls.
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  • redcrayon 26/04/2017

    @ziggy_played_guitar
    You really think the death penalty should be decided by public referendum? I really don't think something as important and complex as a justice system should be decided by something with all the nuance and informed participants as an elimination vote on the X-
    factor. There's a reason that judges are chosen very carefully, after a career of working within the checks and balances of the system, rather than handing decisions on sentences to people who go nuclear if a tabloid points at someone. Justice is not a popularity vote because what's fair and in the interests of society isn't always popular. Plenty of things we now take for granted as the mark of a civilised society wouldn't have happened if put to the popular vote.
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  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: a great console title is a handheld revelation

  • redcrayon 21/04/2017

    @BillMurray
    Seeing as they ran an article on the best battery packs for the Switch a while back, and that the closest comparison, a tablet, can't run a game like Mario Kart 8 for more than 3 hours either due to limitations on battery tech, I'm guessing general consensus is that it's less of an issue for portables now than it used to be. Especially when you can use the same pack for your phone, e-reader etc etc. The Switch has a pretty reasonable battery component for its size and function, taking up most of the case, it's not like they cheaped out on it.
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  • redcrayon 20/04/2017

    @SuperShinobi
    I'm really not sure how Mario Kart 8 is less of an evolution from Super Mario Kart than Street Fighter V is from SFII. Both games still retain the core structure and victory conditions of their earliest ancestors while piling on loads more features, content and mechanics.

    At least they aren't selling Super Mario Kart HD for 35 :D
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  • Sources: Nintendo to launch SNES mini this year

  • redcrayon 19/04/2017

    @PSfourskin
    I get what you're saying, but my point was that they set up pre-orders early to gauge demand and ensure that everyone gets one, not that they put the same amount up for the same results as the actual launch but months earlier.

    They said they were surprised by how popular it was- maybe if they had allowed a longer period for people to register interest, surprise wouldn't come into it so much. I know that if I wanted to sell as much of a product as I could but not be left with many left over, collecting data might be useful. It's not really like concert tickets which are strictly limited- they ordered a smaller second shipment once they realised how badly they had misjudged it just by guessing, I don't think their initial intention was for it to be a strictly limited edition (in numbers) as opposed to being available for a strictly limited period of time (Christmas 2016).

    Agree that supply of this is likely to be better.
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  • redcrayon 19/04/2017

    @PSfourskin
    To be fair, pre-ordering one often required setting up various alerts, having a constant vigil over your email/phone and then being able to jump online within minutes to order one the second they were available. Not everyone is able to do that, no matter how much they would like one.

    A more sensible way would be to open pre-orders in the summer and guarantee that everyone that pre-orders gets one, rather than leave people fighting for meagre stock allocations online with scalpers who are ordering across multiple sites before slinging them up on eBay for 'pre-order' at twice the price moments later.
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  • Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy gets off to a great start

  • redcrayon 18/04/2017

    I'll wait for the full (patched) season to be released at half the price without a wait between episodes. I can never remember what happened in the last one, it's a format that works fine on the telly with a week between episodes, but stretch that out to months and I'd struggle there too. Easier to wait for the collected edition and play one episode a week, I think. Reply +15
  • Good news, 3DS fans: Nintendo is finally releasing its Japan-only game backlog

  • redcrayon 13/04/2017

    @VanillaLake,
    Yeah, there's been more than I'd thought there would be at this point. Late localisations are always a thing on Nintendo portables, but Atlus announcing Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2 and remakes/up-ports of two of the best DS RPGs in Strange Journey and Radiant Historia really surprised me, I think few saw those coming.
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  • redcrayon 13/04/2017

    @Les
    I've put a ridiculous amount of time into the 3DS Monster Hunter games, probably 250 hours each. Can't wait to see what the next one looks like!
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  • redcrayon 13/04/2017

    Etrian Odyssey V is the late localisation I'm hoping for the most, but Monhun Stories will tide me over.

    "Still playing 3DS?" Seeing as last year most of the stuff I picked up for 3DS was 40 hour+ RPGs, I think I'll be playing it for a long time to come, at least while the Switch library rounds out for the next year or two.
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  • Persona 5 is series' biggest launch to date

  • redcrayon 10/04/2017

    @J_C_X
    Totally fair opinion, I just don't see how it's relevant to the topic, any more so than me posting in a news thread for another title this year that I prefer it to Persona 5 (another game with near-universal critical acclaim), accompanied by a list of faults. I assume most other readers would go 'wut?' :D

    It just seems like Zelda's critical acclaim has made it the yardstick for every game to be proclaimed as 'better than', whether it's relevant or not. I just don't see the link between comparing a great jrpg to a game in another genre on another system.
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  • redcrayon 10/04/2017

    Is it really necessary for every decent game this year to have it's threads revolving around tearing down Zelda at the same time, as if that's required to legitimise anything else as an awesome title too? Just seems a bit pointless and off-topic in a news thread when there's already been shitloads of Zelda threads to discuss it in, and plenty of complaints about the amount of them too. Is it just that it's the current yardstick for a popular title?

    When the next big hitter rolls around does someone need to tear down Persona to make the new kid sound better too? It's already a year with several reasonable, critically-acclaimed GOTY competitors, thats enough for me.
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  • 10 games that defined the ZX Spectrum

  • redcrayon 10/04/2017

    @tepidblack
    Glad I wasn't born and thus had no chance of having to endure this
    Yes, I can see how having been lucky enough to see games go from Jet Set Willy to
    Horizon/BotW and beyond, and thus having a view of the modern industry in the context of the last 30 years, is a real pain for those of us who were happily playing games in the 80s.
    /s
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  • redcrayon 09/04/2017

    @kangarootoo
    My memories of Harrier Attack are that it was my first computer game, on our Amstrad 6128, on a floppy disk. I couldn't even finish a single level by landing, just ended up bombing the carrier!
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  • The strange, timeless appeal of early 3D platformers

  • redcrayon 08/04/2017

    @Uberheertje
    When I think shovelware I think of the most popular systems of the time, as despite having decent libraries they then attracted all manner of rubbish due to having a big install base. We are fortunate that most of the licensed crap has now moved over to mobile, as the Spectrum, C64, NES, Game Boy, SNES, Megadrive, PSOne, GBA, PS2 etc were all infested with shovelware too. It's all been forgotten as only the good stuff gets remembered and discussed, but any system with a library of several hundred games had several hundred made of utter toss.
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  • redcrayon 08/04/2017

    @riceNpea
    I agree with you, even the worst console shovelware of the 90s paled in comparison to what was being churned out in the 80s.

    @EG
    Otherwise great article though, really enjoyed that, thanks!
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  • Candy Crush dev is making a Call of Duty mobile game

  • redcrayon 06/04/2017

    @Ron_Obvious
    Fair's fair, they got a decent scoop based on the rep of digital foundry. I'm not overly interested in Xboxes but it's hardly unreasonable in the wake of blanket Switch coverage and a run of great PS games, and probably more relevant to the audience than half a dozen articles about Mass Effect.
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  • redcrayon 06/04/2017

    Cod & Whales: Krillstreak. Reply +1
  • Watchdog bans Mobile Strike ad featuring curvy models in bikinis

  • redcrayon 05/04/2017

    @Redcoat-Mic
    I think it's less outrage and more confusion that the explanation given, 'lack of context' doesn't make much sense, seeing as by the swimming pool is a pretty fair place to play a mobile game. I'm not saying that the game isn't trash or that the ad isn't crap, or even that the focus isn't on the girls cleavage etc, I just don't think it makes much sense to say that you can't take mobile entertainment with you to sit by the swimming pool when millions of people do exactly that every summer.
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  • redcrayon 05/04/2017

    If the argument against swimwear is that a mobile game has no relation to the poolside, does that mean that you can't advertise an e-reader with a picture of a pretty lady in a beach towel/swimwear reading it on the beach (an ad that I saw a lot of last year)?

    I don't know, I'm usually quite happy to throw the book at the game industry's treatment of women, but I'm struggling to see how it's so ridiculously out of context and so breaks the rules. I played a lot of mobile games and read a lot of e-books by the pool/beach the last time I was on holiday.

    There's been plenty of game ads with truly out-of-context, scantily-clad depictions of women or female characters (remember that shitty Avalon 'play with me, my lord!' ad?) but this one is about as harmless as any other ad that's associating a mobile entertainment product with summer holidays.

    Another one of these ads has some handsome/pretty young people playing the game in a launderette, I wonder if that counts as an out-of-context location for a mobile game too, despite it being a pretty obvious place to have a few minutes to kill.
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  • Atlus isn't keen on Persona 5 streaming

  • redcrayon 05/04/2017

    @KingFunkIII
    I don't really see the appeal either, for action-games I find the fun is in controlling the character, for story-based games the fun is in seeing the reactions to my actions play out on screen. As you say, I think it's an age thing. Maybe it's that I don't have much game time these days, if streams had been around in the late 80s/early 90s where I spent my time poring over games mags because the price of games outstripped my paper round earnings, I probably would have watched streams too. Would have beaten Gamesmaster/Bad Influence :D

    Having said that I've never been a fan of watching the athletics/swimming by pro athletes either when I quite enjoy going for a run or swim myself.
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  • Yooka-Laylee review

  • redcrayon 04/04/2017

    As usual with games in genres that have fallen out of favour somewhat, 'add a point or two if you like this kind of thing' might well apply. I'm looking forward to playing a Banjo-style game. Reply +3
  • Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey departs Facebook

  • redcrayon 31/03/2017

    @LittleBigDave
    No need to, I've read his book he takes that from, 'So you've been publicly shamed'. Interesting stuff.

    I still think it's different when you are an executive/public face of something, and thus both potentially benefit and draw the ire of public attention, compared to being a low ranking employee sounding off.
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  • redcrayon 31/03/2017

    @LittleBigDave
    Just as an aside to this, what do you make of people losing their jobs for saying dumb stuff on Twitter too. Is that also an unacceptable consequence if they do it out of work hours, or from a non-company account? I don't know, it just seems a fair analogy.

    I think most companies have something in the contract about 'not hurting the reputation of the company', and its probably a slightly different situation if you are a recognisable company spokesperson (where whatever you say will be linked to the company regardless of where you say it) than if you are Joe Nobody from the helpdesk.
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  • redcrayon 31/03/2017

    @abigsmurf
    Wasn't it founded by two mods from r/The_Donald, which consistently pumped out a load of aggressively racist rubbish? Palmer then comes along and says 'I have a bunch of money, I want to see more of this stuff', and the mods then go 'we have a millionaire backer'.

    No idea what remains on the internet of it that is solely attributed to Nimble America, but yeah, Luckey knew who the money was
    going to, and so did the people who criticised him for it based on the most rudimentary research.
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  • redcrayon 31/03/2017

    @abigsmurf
    I don't care to debate the entirety of the wrongs of everything that happened in that shitshow of an election. We'll be here all day.

    You implied that 'Nimble America' was an innocent organisation that wasn't putting out anything particularly vile or beyond what's acceptable for politics, and thus support for it meant that the flak Luckey received was unwarranted. I disagree.
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  • redcrayon 31/03/2017

    @abigsmurf
    'Low quality/effort' and 'political comedy' are different descriptives to what I'd call blatantly racist and ignorant Pepe memes.

    Sure, political parties have been tearing each other apart in the runup to elections for hundreds of years. But when it steps beyond targeting each other, and becomes gathering funding to fuel hate and tear into people that the party dislikes, that's something else.

    If you can't tell the difference between a politician promoting themselves and tearing down their rival, and the spreading of hate towards minorities, I don't know what to say. A politician looking for a top job, no matter how thin-skinned, is an acceptable target for political comedy (no matter which side of the political spectrum they are on). Satire is a great tool for 'punching up'. Rich people funding others to spread hate about minorities? Not so funny.
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  • redcrayon 31/03/2017

    @abigsmurf
    It's not so much that he donated to an organisation that supported Trump, its that the organisation he donated to was dedicated to shitposting. Trying to reframe it as 'just an organisation' supporting Trump is misleading, if it was just given to a Republican fundraiser I doubt it would have attracted the same level of disgust as actively admitting to funding a meme-generating, shitposting alt-right group.

    Sure, people voted Trump for all kinds of reasons, but I have a lot more sympathy for voters who thought their local economy would benefit from it than I do those kind of internet shitlords.
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  • Persona 5 review

  • redcrayon 30/03/2017

    If I had the time to play at home any more, I'd totally pick up this and a PS4, it sounds great. Really enjoyed P4G on the Vita, it had me thinking about it afterwards and humming the songs (Heartbeat Heartbreak and Time to make History in particular) for weeks, most games don't do that for me. Still, I only really get to play on my commute these days. Maybe I'll replay P3/P4 instead to soothe my jealousy :D Reply 0
  • Rain World review

  • redcrayon 29/03/2017

    @Maleta
    The Vita version of Salt and Sanctuary has been delayed in Europe. I doubt it'll be long though.
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  • redcrayon 29/03/2017

    First up, thanks for covering this EG.

    I love the animation and the general theme behind the game, it sounds really imaginative. It also sounds a bit frustrating to play, I think I'll wait and read a few more impressions first.
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  • Mass Effect Andromeda and the quest for great facial animation

  • redcrayon 29/03/2017

    The writing seems just as bad as the animation. It seems like the problem lies more at the upper end of management, with trying to make a game on a scope that required much more than the previous games but without seemingly the project management/leadership/editing/quality control at the highest level (over five years) to pull it off. Over that length of time there was plenty of opportunity for the management layers that a studio backed by a giant publisher has to see that the project was in trouble. While EG can put out an article detailing each section of the games issues, it's a shame that the immediate visibility of poor writing and animation shared in gif form won't lay the blame at the feet of the project management as opposed to the animators dealing with a huge workload. Reply 0
  • Mass Effect Andromeda is another failure for trans representation

  • redcrayon 28/03/2017

    @the_milkybar_kid
    What happens when there's an LGBT character in a film or series? Nothing, because it doesn't have to be pushed to the fore to satisfy the SJW crowd.
    Have you considered that such characters in games also get talked about because
    a) they remain a rare occurrence and so people look at them with interest, criticising some and praising others.
    b) any kind of LGBT reference in a game gets jumped on by a different crowd screaming 'keep politics out of my videogames' as the more acceptable public face of 'keep any kind of increased diversity in the cast out of my videogames'?

    Yes, it would be nice if that second bunch would respond to such characters the way TV audiences do too. If the end point is a variety of well-written characters in games, without being tokens but without having to justify their inclusion either, and without a load of people screaming about SJWs, triggered snowflakes, and progressive/liberal agendas (is that the whole tedious litany of that line of discussion now?) on the internet about it, then great.
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  • redcrayon 28/03/2017

    @PixelJumper
    What part of the article are you referring to? Nowhere does it mention trans characters as romance options, just poor dialogue for a minor npc.

    Have you just used the article to crowbar in a load of crap about a fear of 'trap' lovers or something?
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  • redcrayon 28/03/2017

    @Badassbab
    As opposed to those who would consider themselves the opposite of a 'SJW', who absolutely never get angry about matters regarding diversity in computer games, ever, right?

    Saying 'SJW' three times doesn't somehow make that ridiculous term for anyone who gives a toss any more valid, I appreciate it must be nice to have a simplistic badge to chuck everything you don't like under though.
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