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  • Simogo reveals seafaring adventure The Sailor's Dream

  • riz23 28/07/2014

    Challenge free? Reply 0
  • Next-gen before their time

  • riz23 27/07/2014

    Look I can't get through all the new games on my backlog. Why on earth would I want to play, and pay for, a game I have already played? Reply -4
  • Where literature and gaming collide

  • riz23 27/07/2014

    A thought provoking article. The subject matter is a good one, but the content fell away rather rapidly for me. Kentucky route zero, although a refreshing game, is not one that I would say is analogous to literature. Citing literary influences does not put you on the same standing as those influences or even mean you were successful in what you were attempting. Indeed as the creators say, it's a better example of how looking at theatre informs game creation; with largely static sets, and with limited dialogue. KR0 does look and sound like that, almost a puppet theatre to my eyes. Actually the more I think about it, games are closer to theatre than novel fiction. I also think KR0 is a good game.

    As for the game Tangiers, I only knew a little about it before, and using the postmodernist subversion (appropriation?) of the written language in a videogame is an interesting proposition. It seemed to me that the developers there understand the intentions of literature, and also understand the boundaries of their own chosen medium. They are different, and need different approaches.
    It's when the assumption is made that literature is the only medium of serious expression that we can box ourselves in. It isn't of course, there is film, music, and art that explore intellectual ideas just as successfully. There just isn't as much of it. That's usually a question of time, a medium needs to grow and mature before it can ponder the new, and writing is one of the oldest, and I'd argue, most readily accessible forms of philosophical exploration, so perhaps it is only right that we view it as the most important. YMMV.

    So really, this article is not about the relationship between games and literature, but more about how games contribute to the cultural debate overall, how they intellectually and emotionally stimulate their audience. Now that is important. I don't know about you, but I consume art and entertainment of all forms, from Derrida to Judge Dredd, from Battleship Potemkin to Battleship Galactica, and I see no conflict in that. Until very recently it was almost impossible to do that with videogames. I could choose a videogame Stallone or a videogame Arnie. There was no gaming equivalent of Tarkovsky or Truffaut.
    Indie gaming, by which I mean cheap methods of creation and distribution are allowing games makers to explore other themes, and they are seeing a financial return which encourages further growth in these areas. As an important side note, especially for this particular website, we should also realise that intellectual and emotional maturity in games will do far more for the battle of diversification and equality in games than narrow focused editorial content on EG ever will. Don't patronise your audience or readership, give them engaging and stimulating game experiences, and the rest may just follow naturally.
    Apologies for rambling! :)
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  • Battlefield Hardline's single-player story details emerge

  • riz23 26/07/2014

    Whoever greenlit this should be demoted. A hackneyed cliche of a story based around a framed cop. An overblown budget wasted on mid-tier acting talent and overpaid 'consultants' who won't bring much useful to a medium that is not television and cannot yet make the leap to mature storytelling. All this linked to a game franchise that has been denigrated by unrealistic release schedules along with a flagrant disregard for their playerbase. I won't use the word fans, because that implies we are not discerning customers. Guess what EA, we are discerning, and we have a choice. I don't think many will choose this, and rightly so. How about you leave DICE alone to rebuild the battlefield franchise ( I know they are not developing this, but they will support it, and Battlefield is their 'baby') before you destroy one of the few strong IP you own which still have some credibility? Or should it go down the route of the Sim City and be forever tarnished? Reply 0
  • 2K is teasing something BioShock related

  • riz23 25/07/2014

    What is it with the love for 'remasters'? It's just recycled games that came out like five minutes ago. Why does Bioshock 1 need to be released again? You're an idiot if you pay anything approaching full rrp for something like that. Demand something new for fucks sake. Reply 0
  • Abyss Odyssey review

  • riz23 24/07/2014

    Love these guys, ACE Team. They forge their own path. I'm not sure I'm always following it, but they do their thing, and they do it well. Reply +5
  • Can last-gen consoles handle Destiny?

  • riz23 21/07/2014

    @theguy actually mate, no not quite. Your bungie.net account is linked to either your PSN ID or your Xbox Live Gamertag. This means you can carry over PS3 - PS4 or 360/XB1 but you cannot cross the first party divide. Reply 0
  • Brilliant chemistry puzzler Sokobond hits Steam today

  • riz23 21/07/2014

    @X201 I was wondering who would bring out the SpaceChem comment. Good man, you win! SpaceChem is excellent. Reply +3
  • Five talking points from the weekend's Destiny beta

  • riz23 21/07/2014

    @AgentDaleCooper "You're in the lead. You've lost the lead. You're in the lead. You've lost the lead. You're losing the lead." ad infinitum. I'm losing the will to live.. :) Reply +5
  • Elder Scrolls Online has ~775,000 subscribers - report

  • riz23 18/07/2014

    @bigfriendlygamer You might be right. SWG was the last one that I got lost in, but I have had fun in others. Reply +3
  • Pinball FX2 Xbox One release date set

  • riz23 17/07/2014

    I own just about all the tables on FX2. There is no chance of me buying any on the XB1 without some recognition of that fact. Pretty annoyed actually. One more reason to keep the 360 plugged in. Reply +1
  • Blurred lines: Are YouTubers breaking the law?

  • riz23 16/07/2014

    @Silverflash Superb comment. Well said. Reply +1
  • Battlefield turned Payday 2 designer starts new indie studio

  • riz23 14/07/2014

    @ItsLatch That's disrespectful and a little bit ignorant friend. I'd agree that coding is the vital glue that makes it all happen, but don't undervalue good design, or the people who actually ensure things are delivered and shelter their team from 1st party, publishers, and other people who may wear suits.
    Study harder.
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  • Xbox One now supports trial and unlock game demos

  • riz23 11/07/2014

    Don't forget they support paid for demos too! :P Reply -10
  • Civilization Revolution 2 review

  • riz23 11/07/2014

    @AOFanboi good point. Well made. Civ feeds off of cultural stereotypes of all kinds. The game can't help it if the reviewer suffers from white middle-class post-colonial guilt. Reply +4
  • Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas single-player pricing detailed

  • riz23 09/07/2014

    Initially I thought 13.99 was quite a lot for a f2p add-on but actually that pricing structure is very accommodating. It's fairly easy to grind out 700g a month and pay no cash at all if you want to. The 'own two or three already' option is also good. Fair play. Fair pay. Reply +3
  • Destiny beta release dates, expansions announced

  • riz23 07/07/2014

    Milking it big time. Reply +7
  • The grand strategies of Firaxis

  • riz23 07/07/2014

    @Psi GMT games are already on that mate!
    EDIT: Old!
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  • Command & Conquer multiplayer saved following GameSpy shutdown

  • riz23 07/07/2014

    Great news but sad to see 'enthusiasts' having to do this instead of the actual publisher. They should chuck these people a few dollars to keep it maintained. Companies should learn that as well as generating dividends for shareholders they are (Could be? Should be?) the guardians of our history and heritage. Without that history being maintained they may find it difficult to make the final big step to being an accepted part of culture. Reply +3
  • Stranded review

  • riz23 04/07/2014

    @Samael_Blackwing it plays brilliantly too! Reply +3
  • Blizzard's chief creative officer Rob Pardo departs after 17 years

  • riz23 03/07/2014

    I dunno man. 17 years is a long time to work at one place. He probably has got a dollar or two, why not just take a time out and spend some time with your family? No conspiracy needed. Reply +3
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth release date announced

  • riz23 03/07/2014

    Not too far away. I think I can cope. Just.

    EDIT: After watching the video I have to say that is a lot more like Civ5 than I was actually expecting. I'm still interested but also a little disappointed. SMAC felt significantly different from Civ II, much more futuristic and utopian, this seems very Civ-like indeed with some different models. Maybe because it's alpha and the copy has not changed much. I don't know, but I'm thinking this might be a bit of a damp squib. I hope not but seeing is believing..
    Reply +4
  • Konami unveils PES 2015 for PS4 and Xbox One

  • riz23 03/07/2014

    The game won't work properly online so what is the point? Get your basics sorted out. Reply +1
  • These are your Dragon Age: Inquisition party members

  • riz23 03/07/2014

    Wouldn't. Would. Would. Would. Would. Definitely wouldn't. Would. Wouldn't. Definitely would. Reply +2
  • eSports organisation under fire for male and female-only tournaments

  • riz23 02/07/2014

    Now this is a legitimate issue to question, smash and change. Totally unacceptable. It just doesn't make any sense whatsoever. Reply +8
  • UK watchdog bans Dungeon Keeper ad, accuses EA of "misleading" customers

  • riz23 02/07/2014

    I'm sorry but I just don't get it. I don't want to defend Dungeon Keeper but free is free. I find the optimal way to play f2p on mobile devices is to have a few on the go and then when you want to waste 10 minutes, which is what this type of gaming is all about, you will always have one available so to speak. You don't have to pay to proceed. If you don't like the waiting and you don't want to pay, just delete the app and move on. Nothing is spent, nothing is lost other than your time.
    EA are not the only ones guilty of this. Has the door been opened to restrictions on the marketing of this type of appointment gaming? I suspect there was a gamer somewhere in the ASA who saw an opportunity to strike back at the perceived evil empire.
    Yes there are far better versions of free to play monetisation strategies, but ultimately the initial investment is always zero. The decision to take that further is always the consumers. As long as you are not exploiting kids and parents with lax app store controls, what is the problem?

    /retreats to bunker to avoid incoming barrage.
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  • BioWare's first "fully gay" male party member in DAI

  • riz23 01/07/2014

    @Bertie Having a character that is 'fully gay' may not be the games main selling point, but romancing (bedding) NPC's does seem to be the game, and perhaps Biowares main feature these days. Now that I do have a problem with. This should be incidental to a fully fleshed out character and it is not, it's the headline feature of this 'RPG'. Now that ain't right, and I think Bioware know it too, but they've gone up this alley so far they can't turn around now. It's what the 'fans' expect. Reply +2
  • Bungie to update Peter Dinklage's lacklustre Destiny performance

  • riz23 01/07/2014

    So are we agreement that Peters performance came up a bit short?
    Yes. Yes I did. It's like the 1980's all over again.
    Reply +6
  • Distant Worlds: Universe review

  • riz23 30/06/2014

    44.99 is a lot of money for a PC Game. You shouldn't criticise people for wanting to be sure they get value in this day and age. Why does this game cost more than other PC games? It's a legitimate question to ask.
    Having said that, the game looks 'relevant to my interests', but I too baulk at a price like that in the age of Steam Sales and Humble bundles.
    I'd like to play it but there is no way I'm paying 45 for it. If you think that makes me bad go and hit that neg button.

    EDIT: Actually I see that Sniper Elite 3 is being sold for 40 on Steam. I must have missed the time when this became a normal RRP for PC games. If so, then buying this game at 45 is not unusual, even if it is still a lot of money. Considering there is no 1st party fee or certification process, it's a lot of cash!
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  • Mass Effect 4: everything we know so far

  • riz23 28/06/2014

    @Cartho Look mate, I'll play all kinds of trash and get pleasure from it, I'm not cynical. However I won't accept that one of the biggest franchises in gaming, with a huge budget, and a massive team of people should ultimately produce something that does not do itself justice. Five years of franchise history was essentially rendered meaningless by ME3.
    Now we will get something that will try to side step the cul-de-sac they drove themselves up, and will actually just repeat gameplay mechanics, such as 'romance' (what inane childish nonsense), and some dialogue trees that purport to give choice and meaning, but realistically won't. They didn't before, why should that change?
    I enjoyed that for a while, but to be honest, it has had its time. Let's play something new and great, instead of something that has become tired and a hollow imitation of the original? Three games were enough in my opinion. They peaked with 2, it's time to move on.
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  • riz23 28/06/2014

    Everything we know so far? You forgot to add, 'It will urinate upon its original legacy from a great height, casually casting aside narrative logic in a pathetic attempt to garner new interest, in what has become essentially, a sci-fi romance simulator with little verve or inspiration.'
    Personally I'll be looking for the next big thing rather than investing any more money or time into this dead end.
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  • Hearthstone Curse of Naxxramas expansion out in July

  • riz23 28/06/2014

    I'll be needing this rather urgently people so can I suggest y'all "get behind me." Reply +1
  • Sniper Elite 3 review

  • riz23 26/06/2014

    @Redcoat-Mic I hope you'll see from later comment that this is not what I'm saying. Yes, it should be discussed and I don't advocate burying your head in the sand. I'm just saying this is not the right place for it. Mature discussions? Not many of them around here... Reply +1
  • riz23 26/06/2014

    @MrTomFTW I guess what I'm getting at is that much of what is criticised in games (and life generally) stems from psychological hardwiring. That doesn't mean it's impossibly entrenched, and there is of course the whole nature/nurture argument, but sexism and misogyny is deeply entwined in the way Society works, and therefore one of the products of Society, Culture, of which games are a small part.

    So what I'm saying is that Dan is being more revealing about the underlying problems. I agree with him. The Ass creed avatar, and I'll use the term again, media circle jerk, is simply a symptom of the real problem, not the problem itself. Female avatars in games are not just about identity and representation, they are also part of the fetishisation of women. You could argue that by providing them you encourage that fetishism. Does it work the other way when a woman uses a male avatar? I don't know, I can't say, but hopefully this explains how complicated I feel the issue is, and how reluctant I am to go down that particular rabbit hole here.
    It's an extremely important topic for all of us, and I just don't feel that the comments section of internet videogames website can adequately provide the correct forum for discussion.
    It would be great to be proved wrong, it is noble and right to consider these problems, but I don't think you'll get to the answers here.
    Reply +1
  • riz23 26/06/2014

    No doubt I'm going to get negged to shit here, but Dan's fairly flippant comments regarding fetishism and Freudian psychoanalysis are probably more revealing about attitudes to sex, and by extension, the treatment of women in videogames, than some misguided attack on the lack of female avatars in Ass Creed or games generally.
    This is why I chose not to engage with Toms editorial on the matter. The issue is deeper and more complex than what a game site can really offer. Are we going to address and fix some deep societal ills here on Eurogamer? Is it even possible? I'm not sure, and I don't come here to argue about it.

    Anyway, that Sniper 3 eh? Bullets to the bollocks lol.
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  • Destiny beta begins late July for Xbox 360 and Xbox One

  • riz23 26/06/2014

    This wizard is over the moon! Reply +6
  • Bayonetta dev Platinum making The Legend of Korra game

  • riz23 26/06/2014

    Ok, I'm officially old. I've never heard of this Legend of Korra. However another Platinum game? Colour me interested! Reply +7
  • Will EA learn from the terrible Dungeon Keeper mobile game?

  • riz23 25/06/2014

    @PostieDoc it has. It was also a travesty. Reply 0
  • Batman: Arkham Knight's PS4-exclusive Scarecrow Nightmare Pack detailed

  • riz23 24/06/2014

    @jetsetwillie Thous shalt not blaspheme against the almighty saviour Sony. For if ye do then shall the devout servants of the benevolent Hirai come forth and you shall suffer the death of a thousand negs. Repent unbeliever! Reply -2
  • Tales from the Borderlands is Telltale's triumphant return to its comedic roots

  • riz23 23/06/2014

    @ZachForrest Also; 'Rashomon-esque'. One for Pseuds Corner. Reply -1
  • Face-Off: EA Sports UFC

  • riz23 23/06/2014

    My eyes glazed over after about two paragraphs. TL;DR Pretty but poor game is pretty but poor regardless of platform. Reply +7
  • Steam Summer Sale continues with more hot deals

  • riz23 20/06/2014

    @DreadedWalrus Don't forget, that Matulef is a Septic ain't he? You can't trust 'em you know. What with their nylons and chocolate. It's obviously an imperialist conspiracy of some sort. Next thing we'll all be singing The Star Spangled Banner and carrying guns to Marks & Spencer. Reply +5
  • Should Early Access DayZ be in Steam's Summer Sale?

  • riz23 20/06/2014

    It's a product you can buy on Steam. Question: Why shouldn't it be in the Steam sale? Reply +8
  • Xbox One plays catch up in Japan with solid launch line-up

  • riz23 20/06/2014

    @Jokerman1982 The only Onigiri game I know is a f2p MMO. it's not the sort of game which you should really mention around here any more I would say... Reply 0
  • Editor's blog: I am sexist

  • riz23 19/06/2014

    @Bertie In games? It's pretty poor I grant you. However games as a medium are immature all around. We shoot, we kill, we smash heads and create gore. We abuse each other online, we perpetuate sexist and racist stereotypes. Our storytelling is childish and underdeveloped, our audience narrow minded and resistant to change. It's embarrassing to be honest.
    But yeah. Vidya games. Still fun. A lot of 'bad' stuff is strangely enough. Perhaps we should feel guilty for enjoying games, and recognising their juvenile nature, cast them aside? The dichotomy of being a human being and being an upright member of modern society. It's difficult for many cultures and people across the world.

    As for Gender politics, like I said, it's complicated and I don't think this website is the forum for that discussion. I don't think this place is ready for an open debate on Feminism, Gender and Identity politics. If I voiced my views here someone, somewhere is going to shout at me, however I position my opinion, so I won't be doing it.

    I know the counter-argument. Everywhere is a place for the discussion of Identity. Everything should be examined and exposed, to root out entrenched prejudice and make the world a better place. It's noble, and if you want to do that here, that is your prerogative, but as a mere reader, I don't have to participate.
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  • riz23 19/06/2014

    @mugwum

    The issue of gender politics is serious and complicated. It's something that is important to me, and it's something I spent a lot of time studying in my youth.

    The issues run far deeper than what a gaming website can contribute. I don't appreciate what constitutes a sermon from the editorial team. You don't know me. You don't know my views. Don't presume I need to be educated.

    I didn't come here for this.
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  • Ubisoft unveils Far Cry 4 protagonist

  • riz23 19/06/2014

    Very smart Ubi. An Asian name that sounds W.A.S.P American. AJ Gale. Reply +7
  • Don't call Crackdown on Xbox One Crackdown 3

  • riz23 17/06/2014

    @wizlon goddamn dude you are such a tard. Everybody knows Halo was as good as Halo if not a little better? I mean did you even play Halo? I'll give you Halo though that was a bit weak and did not compare favourably with Halo or Halo. Funnily enough I still go back and play Halo from time to time. Halo I traded in as soon as I had completed it. Reply +5
  • EA Sports UFC review

  • riz23 17/06/2014

    7 seems about right. It's a hard sport to accurately 'game' I would imagine, and the demo seemed alright. Complicated, which is not necessarily bad, and fun in parts. The whole octagon submission thing seemed a bit dodgy though. Reply 0
  • Why the Batman: Arkham Knight delay was a good thing

  • riz23 17/06/2014

    I seem to be out of step because I am all Batmanned out. I'm suffering from Bat-Fatigue. Holy Franchise Overload! Reply +2