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  • Rayman Origins now back-compatible on Xbox One

  • spamdangled 23/04/2016

    @Simatron300 Someone doesnt get the in joke... Reply 0
  • Smite streamer leaves Hi-Rez after controversial comments about suicide

  • spamdangled 22/04/2016

    @hillbilly66 there is nothing selfish about wanting to kill yourself if you think your loved ones are better off if youre d7ead. Thats the opposite of selfishness. Reply 0
  • spamdangled 22/04/2016

    @Mustberger youre disgusting. Reply 0
  • spamdangled 20/04/2016

    @ShayenRoyen

    Anyone who "agrees with his underlying point" or "can see where hes coming from" - you dont understand depression.

    It should always be dealt with in the highest manner of sensitivity if there is even the tiniest inkling that someone suffers from it.

    It sounds like this would have been so damaging for that poor guy, if he has watched him for so long and became his fan.
    I wish I could + you more than one vote.
    Reply +2
  • spamdangled 20/04/2016

    As the son of a father who committed suicide less than a month ago (and very sadly succeeded - RIP Dad, I love you), you might think that I'd be inclined to agree with DM Brandon.

    But I don't. If there's an asshole here, it's him, not the poor guy who tried to take his life. When people attempt suicide they're not in their right mind; and they often think they're actually doing their loved ones a favour by taking their own life.

    So suicide often comes from a very unselfish place, and you don't have the capacity to understand the emotional impact you would have on your loved ones.

    People without mental illness have no understanding of what it's like; and by judging sufferers and adding to the stigma, they only make things worse. Mental illness is not a light switch that can be flicked off. "Exercise more", they sometimes say. "Get out more"; people without mental illness often invent or impart trite advice that is of no practical use. And their judgements on those who do suffer carry all the weight of a molecule of helium.

    Tl,dr: Fuck off, DM Brandon.
    Reply +14
  • Blizzard games hit by DDoS attack, Lizard Squad claims responsibility

  • spamdangled 14/04/2016

    Can we please stop referring to a bunch of people hiring DDOS services as "hackers" please?

    They're not hackers. Anyone with a spare tenner can do what these people are doing.
    Reply +6
  • Legacy of Kain spin-off Nosgoth cancelled

  • spamdangled 09/04/2016

    @Gamblix I think the fact that it was developed by Psyonix, who are currently coping with the unexpected success of Rocket League, may have sealed its fate more than any quality concerns. Reply 0
  • spamdangled 08/04/2016

    Surprised about this. It had been doing the rounds for ages in Early Access and while it wasn't particularly faithful, it was bloody good fun in its own right. Reply +1
  • Dark Souls' official Twitter account inserts Ben Affleck into From's latest

  • spamdangled 08/04/2016

    I think the takehome from this is that Martin Robinson likes BvS.

    That monster.
    Reply +6
  • New Fear Effect announced

  • spamdangled 07/04/2016

    @lau123

    Noone even knows who owns the rights for that one, not even the original devs.
    Reply +1
  • spamdangled 07/04/2016

    @VibratingDonkey

    "What was it like Big Trouble + Resident Evil?"

    Pretty much. It was also an early trailblazer for QTEs.
    Reply 0
  • spamdangled 07/04/2016

    @cowell I'm waiting for the inevitable GG comments about SJW. You just know it's going to happen when the game is a resurrection of a series known for feminist and lesbian themes. Reply 0
  • spamdangled 07/04/2016

    @MrTomFTW I think it is certainly done well-meaningly. Marketing is often where small indies fall down due to the cost; and having due diligence, and also being able to submit concepts for established franchises must also help.

    Following that, titles are greenlit via community voting. It's an odd system, to be sure. But from everything I've learned via both the various devs involved and squeenix themselves, both sides of the equation seem happy with the arrangement as it stands.

    Whatever works, I guess.
    Reply +1
  • spamdangled 07/04/2016

    @MrTomFTW

    It's not a large company. Squeenix does due diligence for the developer, handles marketing, and takes a cut of revenue. But other than that, it's all on the developer to do the heavy lifting. Squeenix provides no financial support for the actual development of Collective titles.

    Source: Square Enix EU director of Collective development, Phil Elliot
    Reply +1
  • New Baldur's Gate expansion Siege of Dragonspear off to a rough start

  • spamdangled 05/04/2016

    @jabberwoky It's a divisive issue. There are people in the community who want games to stay as toys (for want of a better description), and those who view them as a budding artform on the cusp of metamorphisising into something more serious.

    Then there are people who have prejudices against certain aspects of the human condiition, and those who don't.

    And then there are people who want gaming journalism (the term is almost ridiculous in itself - see: what RPS founder John Walker has to say on the subject), and people who think that actually the bloggy, informal and partial style of writing is actually more traditional and in keeping with the old magazines of past, such as Zzapp, Amiga Power, etc.

    Ultimately, we're at a bizarre crossroads where some people think that game content isn't allowed to grow up, but games coverage has to. But those same people often have some very unpleasant views about what should and shouldn't be allowed in gaming. That, in itself, is an attempt at artistic/creative censorship - and yet they then attempt to scream censorship at every opportunity.

    Said people also claim that they are concerned with qustions of ethics and not gender and sexuality - and yet their targets are exclusively linked to gender or sexuality issues.

    The way I look at it: This medium, the one we love, is on a turning point. The cusp of change. Change is difficutlt and hard - we've grown up in an environment where what we loved remained relatively niche and static for a long time, but where people always argued that it deserved more. But now it's becoming something more, those people are now scared that it could change into something they don't recognise.

    I understand that psychological response, but the way that certain parties are going about vocalizing it leaves a hell of a lot to be desired.
    Reply -2
  • spamdangled 05/04/2016

    The real issue here is that the release is buggy and the scriptwriting isn't exactly brilliant.

    The inclusion of a trans character is a non-issue. Or, at least, it should be a non-issue. But sadly the GG warriors are at it again with their targeting of anything that doesn't prescribe to their ridiculous caveman worldview.
    Reply -3
  • spamdangled 05/04/2016

    @eulogy

    It's bloody make believe, with made up rules and social structures. It can exist on whatever social norms the developer decides. And prejudice is rarely logical or rational by its very nature.

    I really don't see the issue here. There's no narrative dissonance caused by having a trans character in D&D, and Baldur's Gate has had non-heteronormative characters in the past.
    Reply 0
  • spamdangled 05/04/2016

    @bdc

    How is their mere existence in a game "pushing it" on you?

    Trans people, gay people, etc. exist. "Tolerance" is just a way of saying "get it out of my face and do it behind closed doors".

    If you can't handle the real world, stick to reading the Sun and the Daily Mail. Why should gay or trans people be forced behind a wall just because it interferes with your own world view?
    Reply +1
  • spamdangled 05/04/2016

    @jabberwoky Swearing wasn't directed at you. It was exasperation at the whole situation, more than anything personal :) Reply 0
  • spamdangled 05/04/2016

    @eulogy

    "I'm pretty sure being the only known transexual in a medieval world (as far as we know), in such a world you'd almost definitely be murdered for being a freak."

    It's a make-believe world where you can drink a potion that will change your gender.

    And when you're knee-deep in dragons, necromancers, wizards, planetary-scale magical events and literal Gods walking among men, I'd guess that gender identity issues barely warrant a double-take.
    Reply +3
  • spamdangled 05/04/2016

    @jabberwoky Having a belief and a certain outlook on life isn't the same as having a political agenda, ffs.

    Life imitates art and art imitates life. A developer's viewpoint and outlook on the world will always influence what they create.

    That's not having an agenda; it's simply being true to their beiefs.
    Reply 0
  • spamdangled 05/04/2016

    @Bertie

    Fancy laughing at me as I attempt the hot wings challenge in MeatLiquor on London Road this week?
    Reply 0
  • spamdangled 05/04/2016

    @Zhnigo

    When it comes to mature storytelling and characterisation in gaming, and specifically RPGs, then I will always point to that old standby: Planescape Torment.

    Fall-From-Grace, the living oxymoron of a chaste succubus, remains one of the most complex and well-written characters in this medium. And that game came out nearly 17 years ago. So any argument that games have only recently attempted to target mature themes is null and void.

    Yes, recent attempts to appear diverse have felt - and are often transparently - forced, a box-ticking exercise (remember the Assassin's Creed: Unity debacle, which lead to Ubisoft shoehorning a female PC into Syndicate?). That stuff is tokenism, and when it's done purely for the sake of it then it's not welcome. But that isn't to say that it doesn't necessarily come from a well-meaning place.

    Just because the execution is lacking doesn't mean that the thought process behind it is necessarily malignant; road to hell is paved with good intentions, etc. etc.

    I sincerely doubt that the inclusion of a Trans character here was deliberately intended to be tokenistic; just that her portrayal makes it feel like it's along those lines.

    That's a scripting problem, not a directorial one. I sincerely doubt that the dev team sat down at their daily meeting and said "how can we add more minorities to this game?"

    If you go back and play all the old Black Isle RPGs, they have always included gay characters, relationships, gender issues, mature themes, etc. And even after the split that led the studio to branch off into Bioware and Obsidian, both studios have continued trying to be inclusive (particularly Bioware). So I think Mizhena's inclusion was more an attempt to carry on a long-standing tradition of being inclusive towards sexuality and gender identity - not something that came from some kind of will to push an agenda.
    Reply +4
  • spamdangled 05/04/2016

    @blarty I'd love a joke like that :p Reply +3
  • spamdangled 05/04/2016

    @Cosmic_Deb I'd imagine it's purely a human resource concern; bigger, less niche titles are coming up which are more likely to generate traffic and interest. So in order to allocate a review they would likely need to contract out to a freelancer - and the subsequent review may not make a return on the cost investment. Plus, RPG's are notoriously long and arduous review tasks that suck up huge amounts of time from the writer, who could otherwise be doing other things.

    TL,DR: Editorial and business decision, nothing personal.
    Reply +1
  • spamdangled 05/04/2016

    @Zhnigo

    "If it's inclusion for the sake of inclusion, then yes. If being trans is the ionly defining trait of the character, then yes.
    If the character is cohesively written and has actual significance outside of their special status, then no."

    I can agree with that. If it's pure Tokenism, then it arguably does more harm than good. If, however, the characters is three dimensional and has agency beyond their gender identity, I don't see the issue.

    Sadly, the argument brewing from quarters like KIA and gamergate isn't to do with the quality of how she has been written - they are outraged by the fact that a trans character has been included at all. Which is just sad, and goes to show that behind all the public bluster about how they're all about "the ethicz" they really are just a bunch of bigots targeting anyone who dares to think that games can be more than just glorified Tits and Ass packages targeted at teenage boys.

    Games are better than that. We, as a gaming community, are more mature than that. And the medium is mature enough to start breaking through from its stereotypical status as a kid's toy.

    The oddly forward way that the character discloses their gender id is a bit hamfisted; but if that character goes on to have input and stuff beyond that, then I really don't see the problem.

    And the "ethics in heroic adventuring" line is just a silly fourth-wall reference, which the series has always done. Minsc was breaking the fourth wall long before Deadpool, for example (giant miniature space hamster).
    Reply +13
  • spamdangled 05/04/2016

    @Zhnigo Because he's a GG supporter. Reply -8
  • spamdangled 05/04/2016

    @Zhnigo

    Please explain how being accepting of Trans people is sexist. Or a political agenda.

    Surely it just falls under the category of "not being a bigoted dickhead"?
    Reply +13
  • spamdangled 05/04/2016

    @TheTingler

    Agreed. If the portrayal and writing is sub-standard, then that's an issue. But having a trans character in the first place sure isn't; and as the writer of the game points out, the original Baldur's Gate games routinely broke the fourth wall with real-world references to contemporary culture.
    Reply +1
  • spamdangled 05/04/2016

    Urgh. FFS. More gamergate retards and their "political agenda" bollocks.

    The bugs and things are disappointing, and beamdog's previous titles suffered from the same; hopefully they'll patch it up soon.
    Reply +39
  • Dark Souls 3 review

  • spamdangled 04/04/2016

    This is surprisingly direct and aggressive with what has gone before, to the extent it feels like From Software wants to definitively cap the series
    I don't know why reviewers keep saying this, as Miyazaki has outright stated that DS3 is a "turning point" but not the end of the series.
    Reply +1
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 review

  • spamdangled 04/04/2016

    @dogmanstaruk That said, the battery in the S7 Edge is a more powerful one than the regular S7, according to the rep from Three I spoke to.

    I'm guessing it's to offset the increased power draw due to the larger screen and edge features, so it wouldn't make a huge difference in real terms. It has the best battery life of any phone I have ever owned, to be honest.
    Reply 0
  • spamdangled 03/04/2016

    @INSOMANiAC

    Battery life is not poor at all. I use it heavily all day - music, gaming, netflix, internet browsing - and it's still at around 12% by the time I go to bed.

    Low battery life my arse.
    Reply +1
  • spamdangled 03/04/2016

    @dogmanstaruk

    Same. I was in the market for a new Windows Phone, but 3 doesn't have them in stock. Instead, they offered me an excellent deal with a free upgrade to the S7 Edge.

    Seriously happy I made the jump; it's an utterly stunning phone - the battery lasts all day even when under significant usage, and it charges stupidly quickly.

    The only drawback I've found so far is that it's a little too easy to reast your fingers on the screen edge when holding it, which sometimes results in the phone thinking you're making inputs when you're not.
    Reply +2
  • What would you uninvent about modern games?

  • spamdangled 03/04/2016

    Aim down sights.

    I pathologically hate every single shooter that has them.
    Reply -2
  • Why virtual reality is the future

  • spamdangled 02/04/2016

    @Yautja_Warrior

    But you could do the same thing with a blindfold...
    Reply +1
  • 28 hours with Dark Souls 3's Japanese PS4 import

  • spamdangled 01/04/2016

    @DugBriderider

    It's not. Miyazaki has said DS3 is a turning point for the series, but definitely not the end of it.
    Reply +2
  • Nintendo fires marketer after sustained online hate campaign

  • spamdangled 31/03/2016

    @man.the.king

    "If you guys were to move to a different website, I would probably follow."

    Is that a promise?
    Reply -1
  • spamdangled 31/03/2016

    @Abdu@EG

    " Most of your visitors are men."

    Source please.
    Reply +8
  • spamdangled 31/03/2016

    @LSi01 policy on moonlighting: acceptable only if it's under an assumed name, so that it's not implied that they condone or agree with anything linked to that second job by association.

    Also, lots of people work under an assumed name. I know a number of games journos that work under an assumed name. Not because they have anything to hide, but because they don't want morons like gamergate digging trying to screw with their personal life when their professional life is entirely separate.

    Also, novelists and other writers regularly adopt pen names. Actors regularly work under assumed names. It's really not unusual, in any field.
    Reply +3
  • spamdangled 31/03/2016

    @Herman-Toothrot

    He's not wrong. It's the truth. Gamergate started as a campaign by an ex bf making up a load of lies. They then started targeting other people.

    It was only after they got negative attention that they started spinning the "journalistic integrity line".

    Also: none of this stuff with Rapp has anything to do with journalism. Just like she had nothing, at all, to do with localisation. She was just yet another convenient target, chosen because she has a vagina.
    Reply +5
  • spamdangled 31/03/2016

    @NullDev

    Jesus christ man. She has never said anything to suggest she supports child sex abuse. Nothing. Nada. At all. Ever.
    Reply +10
  • spamdangled 31/03/2016

    @Herman-Toothrot "I'm intrigued into how a movement vying for integrity in games journalism is still being blamed for this kind of behaviour."

    Because they're not actually vying for integrity, perhaps?
    Reply +6
  • spamdangled 31/03/2016

    @jamyskis1981

    "But you are expected to maintain neutrality in terms of your use of mod powers."

    Nope. Nor does Eurogamer have a requirement to remain neutral in how they choose to report stuff.
    Reply -3
  • spamdangled 31/03/2016

    A lot of people are confusing what she actually said and what Gamergate (falsely) accused her of saying by taking cherry-picked sentences from a much wider thesis out of context.

    Also: people really need to learn the difference between having an opinion, and having an agenda.

    She wrote a university thesis, she didnt start a fucking political pressure group. Unlike the (dis)organisation who love to bandy the word "agenda" about.
    Reply +18
  • spamdangled 31/03/2016

    @WilhelmvonOrmstein

    how many times? mrtom IS NOT AN EMPLOYEE OF EUROGAMER.

    Mods are volunteers, and tom isnt the only one.
    Reply +4
  • spamdangled 31/03/2016

    @walidb123

    she didnt advocate that at all. instead she wrote an articulate, well-argued and reasonable thesis that questioned the arbitrary line in the sand that says 17 is rape but 18 is ok, and also argued that japanese culture is different from western culture and that they shouldnt be expected to adhere to values contrary to their cultural norm.

    the irony being that she is actually against the kind of censorship that the gamergate morons have tried to pin on her.
    Reply +27
  • spamdangled 31/03/2016

    @Avaloner

    fun fact: mrtomftw is not the only mod, he isnt employed by eurogamer, and doesnt sit at his keyboard pressing f5 24 hours a day so he can swoop down on any spam.

    also, a siren doesnt go off every time a spammer posts a comment.
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  • Hands-on with Final Fantasy 15's new Platinum Demo

  • spamdangled 31/03/2016

    If Squeenix doesn't release a Carbuncle plushy, I will be disappointed.

    Look at it! So adorable!
    Reply +1
  • Fallout 4 The Automatron review

  • spamdangled 25/03/2016

    Worst Fallout game in the series, worst game in Bethesda history.

    Such a stinking heap of fail.
    Reply +1