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  • Advertising Standards launches investigation into No Man's Sky

  • spamdangled 29/09/2016

    @almondo Oh do fuck off with your constant bullshit accusations of paid reviews. It simply does not happen. Mainly because it is almost certain that if it did, it would be quickly exposed. It is not in Eurogamer or Hello Games' or Sony's interests to engage in bribery. The site would lose all integrity, as would the developer and publisher. It would be financially and reputationally damaging to all three parties. That fact alone prevents it happening. If any other publication or freelance journalist uncovered any evidence - and there is ALWAYS evidence when it comes to money, by design - you can bet they would expose it. A) because it would be a huge story and generate massive amounts of money and kudos for whoever published the expose; and secondly because journalists, whatever you think of them, get into what they do precisely because they qant to make a difference and expose the truth.

    Just look what happened all those years ago when it transpired that square enix had threatened to withdraw support, advertising and blacklist from Gamespot over a low scoring review. That fear of loss of money (not a bribe, but an implied threat of financial loss made by the publisher) led to the reviewer being sacked. And it got exposed, gamespot lost huge amounts of readers, a lot of respect, and heads rolled.

    NOONE would ever risk being the next gamestop. Ever. The fear of exposure is in itself enough to ebsure it doesbt happen, because exposure would cost more than it stands to gain from taking a bribe.

    So unless you have actual evidence, I suggest you shut the fuck up and stop makibg libellous comments. If Eurogamer wanted to, it could sue you and wipe the fucking the floor with you in court.
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  • Firewatch is getting a film adaptation

  • spamdangled 27/09/2016

    @Agarwel_Idiriz 60FPS OR GTFO! Fucking film makers and their sub-30fps crap, putti g res ahead of frame rate... Reply +3
  • Nintendo hardware sales in the Americas are worse than you'd expect

  • spamdangled 27/09/2016

    @Xboxfanuk Do you really care what a total stranger on a train thinks? Someone who has never met you and is unlikely to ever see you again? Reply +1
  • spamdangled 27/09/2016

    @BlueThunderBlade

    hahahaha. will never happen, but console will still be the aces.
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  • spamdangled 27/09/2016

    @IronSoldier

    Hmm. Sega positioned Dreamcast as a rival for front dominance though; Nintendo, with its reluctance to compete with xbox and PS, seemed to deliberately position itself as the second-console choice.

    I get where you're coming from, but ,y guess is that Nintendo was more than happy to compete for the extra space in the tv unit, and dint expect to be first choice in the first place because it deliberately shirked competing on specs.
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  • spamdangled 27/09/2016

    @IronSoldier

    See my previous comments. I'm not expecting amazing graphics; they'd be a nice plus, sure, but happy to have slightly inferior tech because, IMO, nintendo always has excellent first party games, and the non-standard hardware and openness to experimentation means that a nintendo console always feels different enough to elicit that "new toy" feeling that modern consoles, with their more conservative approach to better hardware at the expense of innovation, lack.

    Wii U flopped, but it had Mario 3D world, Xenoblade Chronicles, Splatoon, etc etc. Amazing games you can't get anywhere else.

    Wii had Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2, Skyward Sword, Xenoblade, Last Story, Pandora, Little King Story, Shattered Memories, etc etc.

    GC had Wind Waker, Metroid Prime, Mario Sunshine, Pikmin, Doshin, Wave Race, Rogue Squadron, Eternal Darkness, etc (plus amazing ports of Extreme G3, SSX and that rollerblading game).

    N64, etc etc. You get the point.

    None of those were the most powerful console of their generation but they all had exclusives that have gone on to be considered either groundbreaking "play before you die" games, or interesting and novel experiences unavailable anywhere else (excluding later ports like RE4, Okami, Viewtiful Joe etc).

    I dont really care if NX is bleeding edge tech, because I know, based on the last 4 gens, it will still be home to great exclusives and a fair few groundbreaking masterpieces.

    I'm not getting rid of my ps4 or xbox one; I have room in my unit for all of them. That way I get the best of all worlds, and none of the jealousy associated with port begging.

    And yes, I have a gaming pc, vita, 3ds, tablet and both ios and android phones too. I cover all bases.
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  • spamdangled 27/09/2016

    @IronSoldier

    A phone with decent graphics is around 600 quid. plus it's primarily a phone, and playing games with onscreen touchpads doesnt provide the tactile feedback to be comfy, and touchpad controls mean most of the screenspace ends ip obscured by thumbs and/or annoying gyroscopic controls like games such as AG Drive.

    Handheld dedicated game devices with buttons have a big advantage:

    a) they're not multipurpose, so cost less due to not having to provide mobile connectivity, or be a jack of all trades when it comes to software and hardware. They can focus on just one thing: great games.

    b) they don't need to rely on obtrusive and imprecise touch screen interface with no tactile or haptic feedback. more intuitive, better view of the action. Result is a greater sense of control, hardware that doesnt need to be able to switch ram use on the fly.

    c) using mobile tech in a dedicated games device is similar to using pc hardware in a console. no overarching OS/ multi function needed. get better performance for less because tech is single-purpose.

    d) ability to play games on big screen via docking station, plus buttons, provides true "play at home or on the go" appeal. seamless experience.

    e) mobile graphics chips are catching up with rapidly with consoles. smaller resolution means similar fidelity can be achieved on mobile due to lower pixel count. mobile tech is already at 360/ps3 levels with x1. x2 tegra is rumoured to bump mobile to roughly ps4/ xbox one. that would look great on the go (assuming nintendo invests in a decent display - preferably OLED) while still scaling nicelt on a bigger screen (if docking unit has its own cpu/ gpu chips could even bolster nicely for upscaling).

    f) biggest market for handhelds is japan, where space for home consoles is a premium (hence why home consoles are struggling there, but vita and 3ds are strong). small tv docking unit (even if just something akin to a chrome ast dongle) saves space and maintains attractiveness.

    g) In western markets, home space isnt as much at a premium, but the simplicity of "play at home, then take it with you" ties in nicely to western commuter culture and the more casual audience that saw wii and ds (brain training etc) get massive.

    If nintendo ramps up eshop support, and provides emulated wii, wii u and ds games, that's a bonus too - massive potential software library for the majority who don't care about the bleeding edge. And despite what we may think, most people dont care about having the best of the best.
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  • spamdangled 27/09/2016

    @FortysixterUK

    Yep. Plus nintendo sells 3ds at profit. not loss (now, they had teething issues to start with) so they're already in profit even before attach rates.
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  • spamdangled 27/09/2016

    @BobbyDeNiro If PS VR takes off, prices get lower, and there's enough exclusives, I'll consider it. Same with Vive or Oculus. But I don't see any reason right now to pay close to 800 quid for a visor and controller when most of the dedicated software is just "experiences", and the PS VR is notably lacki g in resolution and field of view. Happy to wait there.

    Same with PS4 PRO. The spec bump isn't enough to provide a convincing argument when it cant even do native 4k. Scorpio is looking like the better option.

    But NX? That's interesting. A hybrid handheld/ home conso.e with detachable controllers (going by patents and sources) sounds intriguing.

    One of the reasons. my 3DS gathers dust is because when I'mat home, I want to play on my tv screen. The mainreason my wii u gathers dust is because I like the second screen option to play on my gamepad, but the effective range means it can't a signal from the base unit in the living room to my bedroom. A hybrid with a docking station and detachable controllers with. additional haptic feedback solves that problem, plus means I can literally just take my game on the go. That's a MASSIVE plus and I think people are underestimating the appeal of that simplicity tbh. If they get the battery power right (and the tegra rumours make sense there) then it could be great. Few hours at home on zelda? got to get to mates house? just undock the unit and play on the bus. sorted.

    MASSIVE selling point right there, and makes the NX the first of its kind without havi g to faff arou d with save transfers.
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  • spamdangled 26/09/2016

    @BobbyDeNiro This gen, Xbox One and PS4 hitting so close together crippled my finances for a couple of months. In hindisght (sucha wonderful thing), I'd have waited longer before getting the PS4 as the Xbox One launch lineup was far better (Dead Rising 3 alone kept me happy for a good month). In future, I'll stagger my purchases based on software available at the time. But then with this gen going all weird due to mid-gen upgrades, I'll get Scorpio next year (don't care what they say now, they're gonna end up with scorpio exclusives with that much extra oomph to play with). PS4 Pro isn't a big enough bump right now to warrant it. Not convinced by vr yet - I see it atm as a fad like 3D, so happy to wait for hardware prices to drop and software to increase.

    Definitely getting an Nx though on launch day. It's nintendo. Their consoles are always just different enough to still elicit that "new toy" feeli g I'd get as a kid at christmas, whereas a new xbox or ps is just like "yeah, it's a more powerful version of the last one", or pc upgrades which are "oh look. I can now play this game in a better rez".
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  • spamdangled 26/09/2016

    @TimmishMcgraw

    Maybe look online for a decent condition second hand one? You can probably grab one off ebay for 50 quid, tbh.
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  • spamdangled 26/09/2016

    @TimmishMcgraw

    Yeah. For me, I don't care if the NX is the next big thing. I know that no matter what, it will have great first party games and an interesting hardware angle. I don't regret buying a gamecube, wii or wii u, nor my DS or 3DS. They've always delivered a decent amount of excellent games you can't get on any other platform.

    My philosophy has always been "buy every system; that way you can play all the great exclusives and not end up feeling jealous"
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  • spamdangled 26/09/2016

    @TimmishMcgraw

    I'd wait for something more concrete about Nx personally. If they're ditching hardware backwards compatability, they'll probably just ramp up eshop and virtual console support via download anyway.
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  • spamdangled 26/09/2016

    @TimmishMcgraw It's ancient, but it has maintained that price precisely because sales have shown that people are still willing to buy it. If sales were dropping, there would have been a price drop by now. But why drop the rrp if sales show people are still willi g to pay for it?

    Supply and demand.

    I'd expect the price to drop once the nx is out though, if the hardware rumours are true.
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  • spamdangled 26/09/2016

    @BobbyDeNiro That's basically what the Wii U was - backwards compatible with all wii spftware and peripherals, with upgraded capabilities for new system-exclusives. same as how the wii was basically an overclocked gamecube.

    But that the. led to consumer confusion, as people just thought it was a new model wii instead of so ething more powerful with backwards compatability, which is one of the reasons the wii u flopped.

    Japanese 3DS sales remain high, despite Japan being arguably even more mobile-obsessed. So there is reason to believe that there is still a strong market for a well-positioned handheld, especially if it's used for core games and fills the middle space between home console and handheld. Don't forget that one of the reasons handhelds do better in japan than home consoles is due to lack pf space in japanese households. A handheld with a small docking station could do really well.

    The mpbile space is certainly a concern, but a touch-only interface will always restrict the playability of "core" gaming experiences on phones and tablets. I think there will always be a market for a handheld core gaming device with actual buttons. Couple that with a small tv docking unit nstead of a massive brick of a console, and Nintendo appeals to small japanese households, core handheld gamers, and more casual audiences who can see the "take it on the go" appeal of a hybrid home/ handheld device.

    Time will tell, of course.
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  • spamdangled 26/09/2016

    could this not be because the tech is now 5+ years old, the current handheld has reached peak saturation, and people are holding off due to the nx handheld hybrid rumours?

    Plus bear in mind this an analyst. A lot of those numbers are likely to be predictions/ estimations.

    I'm reminded of Pachter saying consoles were dead a few years back.
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  • World War Z author writing Minecraft novel

  • spamdangled 26/09/2016

    @AnsemsApprentice

    There are already minecraft novels. the bulk are younger reader books taking place in-universe (like the minecraft stories telltale game). There's a couple others which tackle it more as a semi-autobiographical thing, such as one which uses the game as a way to bring a father closer to his autistic son.

    This looks to go more the former route based on that (admitted.y vague) premise, but Brooks might put an interesting fourth-wall style twist on it, similar to something like Ready Player One by Earnest Cline.
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  • spamdangled 26/09/2016

    @averraiher

    I dunno, I really liked the book's approach to narrating it as a multiple-POV journalism/doc approach, and how modern warfare tactics fly out the window when you're facing an unstoppable enemy that only ever gets bigger.

    The movie fell down by turning it into a basic action movie filled with set pieces. The whole point of the novel (and almost everything beyond "it has zombies in it") was thrown out the window to make a dumb blockbuster. It really ignored everything that made the book unique. IMO, it would have worked a lot better as a netflix-style series, with the various vignettes being self-contained episodes and the documentary maker being the narrative framework tying it all together.
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  • spamdangled 26/09/2016

    @averraiher Exactly. They dig trench, zombie falls into trench, zombie can't get out.

    Problem solved.
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  • spamdangled 26/09/2016

    Brooks is best known for his future-history undead tale World War Z, which was turned into a decent Brad Pitt movie
    Erm, what? The film had f*ck all to do with book aside from the name. And it was shit. The book, however, was brilliant. Don't read the book and expect the film to be anything like it, or you'll be REALLY disappointed.
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  • Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade review

  • spamdangled 26/09/2016

    @AmorousBadger This isn't on tablet or phone. You might be thinking of Eisenhorn, which was a recent PC port of a mobile game Reply -1
  • spamdangled 26/09/2016

    @AmorousBadger Well we have Inquisitor coming soon. More an ARPG in the Diablo vein than a full on RPG, but a step in the right direction ateast. Reply +1
  • Report: Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey secretly funded pro-Trump meme website

  • spamdangled 24/09/2016

    @HappyGator

    Not true. Large swathes of Russia, China, Korea etc are liberal. The governments are conservative, but vast swathes of the population are liberals. Hence why the governments have to crack down on human rights and particularly the right to protest. Because if they didn't, the chances are they'd be overthrown.
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  • spamdangled 24/09/2016

    @system11

    Actually, it's not just the Internet. There have been repeated studies which show, time and time again, that most people, even if they don't call themselves as such, are liberals and fall on the left wing of the political spectrum. IIRC, liberals account for around 66-70 percent of the population.

    Conservatives, right wingers, trump supporters, etc are the minority. THAT's the real reason that everything seems to be left-leaning: because THE WHOLE OF HUMAN SOCIETY is, generally, left wing.

    Npw, you can dislike that, and it doesn't prevent you from being right-wing or thinking that left-wing (or liberal) values are wrong. You would, however, be in the minority.

    Here's how I view the world: Everyone is free to believe what they want, but people also have the right not to encounter abuse, worse conditions, etc because of their gender, country of origin, disability, sexual orientation, color of skin, religious beliefs, etc. HOWEVER, people should expect to have their views cross-examined and criticised, because that's how we progress as a society, as scientists, and in everything.

    Basically, you can be as right wing as you like. But the second you start talking about building walls, preaching nationalism, calling people rapists just because they were born in a different part of the world, saying people shouldn't get married because they're gay, saying Muslims are evil by default (muslims aren't evil; some people are evil - no matter what their religion is), then you should expect that the overwhelming majority of the world are going to think you're a dick. And if those beliefs alienate you from your peers, then you've only yourself to blame. Generally, people don't like associating with dicks. And people have a natural desire to ensure they're not supporting dicks.
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  • spamdangled 24/09/2016

    @mikaelfodor

    "I think a lot of gamers quite appreciate Milo for being one of the only honest commentators on GamerGate"


    Hahahahahahahahahaha
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  • spamdangled 24/09/2016

    @lrapsody27

    Noone, ever, has Nuked Iran.

    Don't be a moron.
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  • Four years later the Kingdoms of Amalur court case comes to an end

  • spamdangled 23/09/2016

    IIRC, the $63 million spent in development is because KoA was never meant to be a game. All that money was actually spent on the MMO.

    Then, when they realised they were in the shit, they hastily retrofitted some of the MMO zones and quests into a single player game.

    That,s why KoA has a distinctly World of Warcraft feel, with massive open zones and lots of "kill x of y" style mmo quests. Because it WAS an mmo to start with. It was only ever published to try to claw back some money to keep work going on copernicus.

    Also why the story was paper thin, the game was pretty short, and whyit ebds so abruptly and why the zones don't feel like they naturally flow into each other. They're literally a pastiche of stitched-together bits from the mmo.
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  • Face-Off: BioShock: The Collection

  • spamdangled 22/09/2016

    Started replaying Bioshock (the first) last night and, I hate to say it, but...

    It hasn't aged well at all.

    It will obviously be better for people who have never experienced it, but other than the story it just feels so dated. the shooting is clunky as fuck, it feels irritating having to switch from weapon to plasmid to weapon (instead of effectively dual wielding, you're basically switching weapons), EVERYTHING is scripted to an inch of its life, and it's just a chore to play.
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  • Paladins boss speaks out over Overwatch clone claims

  • spamdangled 21/09/2016

    @berelain

    Wipeout itself wasn't even anywhere near the first futuristic. high-speed racer with weapons and twisty tracks. There were loads before wipeout.
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  • spamdangled 21/09/2016

    It does look similar, but as the article says, the game has been in development for literally years. I first heard about it long before Overwatch was even properly unveiled. It's also been doing betas long before Overwatch came out. Reply -1
  • Seraph, the balletic shooter with no aiming, leaves Early Access

  • spamdangled 21/09/2016

    @Rovient

    Hi there dude. Game looks great, has a bit of a bit of a 2D Bayonetta vibe going on (imo). I was just wondering if you would class the exploration side of it as metroidvania (i.e, a single, explorable world) or if it's stage based.
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  • Yep, Hitler's in Sniper Elite 4

  • spamdangled 20/09/2016

    @MrTomFTW

    That's actually an urban myth. He had both fully intact.
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  • Forza Horizon 3, the greatest racer in an age, studies the greats

  • spamdangled 20/09/2016

    @ghostgate2001 actually you can use your own mp3s as well via onedrive. Reply +3
  • Looking back at Spore in a post-No Man's Sky world

  • spamdangled 18/09/2016

    @MrBook I don't hatehim. He's just the latest ina long line of narcisstic snake oil merchants.

    And I disliked Mad Max. It was inflicted with ubisoftitis and cliche writing with the same tasks and assets copy pasted in every area.
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  • spamdangled 18/09/2016

    @MrBook Yes, I borrowed a friend's copy. It's a shallow, repetitive collectathon with an awful interface and inventory management. And even its limited ambitions cripple thePS4 with terrible performance. Reply +3
  • spamdangled 18/09/2016

    @Scimarad I already answered before you asked your question Reply 0
  • spamdangled 18/09/2016

    @MrBook

    They weren't planned. The most powerful supercomputers can't perform that level of simulation on a universal scale, let alone the mid-range PC Specs of the PS4. It was physically impossible to do, and he knew it. If he had managed to do that, he'd be winning scientific prizes for making staggering leaps in the possibilities of scientific research.

    As it stands, he couldn't even add actual physics to the rocks on the planets, which just hang in mid air when they should tumble to earth. And he couldn't even prevent the landscape from popping into view just meters in front of you. He was a rank amateur pretending be a genius polymath.
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  • spamdangled 18/09/2016

    @MrBook

    No, he lied. He said the different sky colours and atmospheres on planets was done by recreating the periodic table and simulating the chemical reactions on a global scale on each planet.

    He also said the planets all revolve around their local sun, which was a physical object in each system that exerted its own fully simulated gravitational pull on the nearby planetary bodies.

    He also said every planet had its own fully simulated ecology with food chains etc that were also simulated based on the aforementioned simulation used to create the atmospheric conditions.

    He was basically saying he had created the god particle, that it was a genuine universe-level simulation of all physics, chemistry and biology.

    That's not "letting his mouth run away with itself". That's outright lying on a massive scale.

    It was all utter, utter bullshit and yet he peddled it as the god's honest truth.
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  • spamdangled 18/09/2016

    @Scimarad

    Murray didn't let his "mouth run away from him."

    He knowingly lied through his teeth about features that were never in the game. Not just not in the game, but literally impossible to do with current technology.

    Even now he hasn't admitted that you can't meet other players despite it being repeatedly proven.
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  • spamdangled 18/09/2016

    Executive meddling has its hands all over Spore
    I remember reading a few articles about how it was one of the most returned games at the time, then post-release stuff that revealed dozens of features were cut out from it for budgetary and publisher meddling.

    It was a game at the time where all magazines and sites were hyping it to oblivion and then instantly went on the defensive when their hight scores were ridiculed.

    Just like no man's sky, the game became a toxic joke around within weeks of launch, and EA brushed it under the carpet quietly after a single expansion pack. Sales didn't so much taper off as they did drop off a cliff almost immediately after release.
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  • Face-Off: Dead Rising Remastered

  • spamdangled 18/09/2016

    @Ultra-Jensen Because why give you backwards compatability when they can charge you instead? Sony never passes up a chance to fleece money. Reply +7
  • spamdangled 18/09/2016

    "The approach from Capcom seems to have been to centre on authenticity"

    What a charitable way of saying "a bare bones, lazy upscaled port designed to milk old games for the tiniest of dev cost to avoid backward compatability on Xbox One"
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  • Rapture leaked: The true story behind the making of BioShock

  • spamdangled 18/09/2016

    @dragerboy well it did... until the final half, which fell into a deeply boring 6 hour fetchquest with a cliche bullet sponge boss and bad ending. Reply -1
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown playable on Xbox One

  • spamdangled 16/09/2016

    @patchbox360 MS does it, but it needs permission to do it. Reply +2
  • spamdangled 16/09/2016

    @patchbox360 MvC won't happen. Capcom isn't interested in spporting BC because they'd rather make you buy the games again. And they aren't allowed to sell MvC anymore. Reply +2
  • Resident Evil 7 demo updated with new areas

  • spamdangled 15/09/2016

    @Tradesman Learn how to write English.

    Text speak: First resort of the moron.
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  • spamdangled 15/09/2016

    @redeyesurprise You're an idiot then.

    You're writing off a game that isn't due for nearly six months, which has very little information released, and which looks absolutely terrifying.
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  • Battlefield 1 beta had an enormous 13.2m players

  • spamdangled 15/09/2016

    Still waiting for a sequel to Battlefield 2152 Reply -1
  • All five Battlefield 4 expansions free until next week

  • spamdangled 15/09/2016

    They've been free for months if you're an Access member. Reply -12
  • PlayStation announces job losses at Sony London, San Diego studios

  • spamdangled 15/09/2016

    All the best to those affected. Unfortunately, Sony's need to recoup its massive company-wide debts make this sort of thing only more likely to occur in the future. The PS division is in great shape, but the company as a whole is on the brink. Reply +7