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  • Nintendo announces new 3DS and 3DS XL designs with extra buttons, improved CPU

  • spamdangled 29/08/2014

    @WAusJackBauer

    "Of course it's a cash grab, that's the very meaning of Nintendo."

    So Sony and Microsoft aren't also in it for the money?
    Reply +4
  • spamdangled 29/08/2014

    @Playstationman

    "Worst gaming hardware i ever bought.
    Most of the games are overpriced shovelware too."

    Troll harder.
    Reply +8
  • Harmonix announces rhythmic shmup A City Sleeps

  • spamdangled 29/08/2014

    @LetsGo

    Since when is Harmonix in financial trouble? They're minted.
    Reply 0
  • Valve is being sued by Australia's consumer rights commission over Steam's refund policy

  • spamdangled 29/08/2014

    @MrFlay

    "YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO WITHDRAW FROM A PURCHASE TRANSACTION FOR DIGITAL CONTENT WITHOUT CHARGE AND WITHOUT GIVING ANY REASON UNTIL DELIVERY OF SUCH CONTENT HAS STARTED OR PERFORMANCE OF THE SERVICE HAS COMMENCED"

    Steam automatically downloads new purchases, so it basically locks you out of this at point of purchase.
    Reply -14
  • spamdangled 29/08/2014

    @megatronx

    Not giving refunds isn't good for business. It's not only illegal in many countries but it's anti-consumer.
    Reply +44
  • Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King review

  • spamdangled 27/08/2014

    @Malazan

    Thanks for spoiling it.
    Reply -1
  • Capcom files lawsuit against Koei Tecmo for patent infringement

  • spamdangled 26/08/2014

    @InvisibleCrane

    Do you work for Capcom by any chance?
    Reply 0
  • spamdangled 26/08/2014

    Nintendo was doing DLC back in the 90s with the Satellaview, so I think Capcom needs to think carefully before pushing this. Reply +2
  • PlayStation Network returns online following DDOS attack

  • spamdangled 25/08/2014

    @spectrumfox

    Newsflash: A DDOS attack isn't hacking.
    Reply +13
  • Face-Off: Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition

  • spamdangled 23/08/2014

    As someone who owns both the PS4 and Xbox One version, in practice there's nothing to tell them apart with the naked eye. Even Digital Foundry admits that they had to go by the use technical tools to even tell the difference. Reply +4
  • Tales of Xillia 2 review

  • spamdangled 22/08/2014

    @Ror1984

    Namco has actually been pushing it pretty hard - at least to gaming sites and publications. They've held exclusive preview days, sending out press releases several times a week, etc.

    I think perhaps this is in part due to the fact that the game "failed to meet expectations" in Japan when it was first released a couple of years ago, so they're really pushing the western release hoping that it will do better and make back its dev costs, though that's just my guess and I don't know for sure.
    Reply 0
  • Sony confirms "reduction in workforce" at inFamous dev Sucker Punch

  • spamdangled 20/08/2014

    @alexcross

    That's just one division. Overall they have a shedload of debt which why they sacked around a third of their workforce, sold off the Vaio brand, and sold off a lot of the buildings they own. They're in the middle of a massive restructuring at the moment to desperately reduce their overheads and pay down their debt.
    Reply -1
  • spamdangled 20/08/2014

    @alexcross

    "Sony should help them out with all the extra money sony has made!"

    What extra money? Sony is in massive debt. They've let go thousands of workers and sold a huge amount of their divisions and real estate to try and pay off some of their debts.
    Reply +2
  • Watch Dogs is Ubisoft's last mature game for Wii U

  • spamdangled 19/08/2014

    @Glasvegasman

    I did think it was an odd thing for him to say, but then this is the internet so it's to be expected that you come across a few keyboard warriors every now and then.

    :)
    Reply 0
  • spamdangled 19/08/2014

    @Uberheertje

    It actually wouldn't surprise me if Nintendo actually own the franchise rights now for any future game. I wouldn't quite count out a 3rd game no matter how badly Bayonetta 2 might perform. Nintendo have a history of supporting niche titles even when they don't perform.
    Reply 0
  • spamdangled 19/08/2014

    @seeyoshirun

    One other thing that seems to have been forgotten in this article: Ubisoft have supported the Wii U with a handful of "family-friendly" titles, yes. ZombiU is still their best-selling game on the console.
    This perfectly illustrates why Yves is talking bull. Their highest-performing title on the platform is a "mature" game, but he's saying that "mature" games don't sell.

    He's talking crap and his position isn't supported by his own sales figures. The problem isn't Nintendo; the problem is that Ubisoft has always taken a really half-arsed attitude to the platform and that consumers have been savvy enough to recognize that and not buy into inferior ports.

    That's not the fault of the Wii U, it's the fault of Ubisoft being lazy to start with.
    Reply +1
  • spamdangled 19/08/2014

    @kirinnokoshin

    The Wii U install base may be modest
    It's a bigger install base than Xbox One, but I don't see them abandoning Xbox development.
    Reply -5
  • spamdangled 19/08/2014

    @FX102A

    Either Ubisoft is putting a minor spin to support its decision or they think we are all imbeciles.

    When you release a game that has already been out for a while on another console(s), offers only token differences and can give no guarantee that it'll get all the DLC & support, why do you think many Wii U owners shy away from their releases.

    In truth the only "mature" Ubisoft title they should look at is Zombie U because it was an exclusive title and wasn't released on another console in advance (I know others did see simultaneous launches on Wii U but by then most of us knew we risked no DLC or missing features so we avoided them). Of course, even Zombie U failed to light the charts but it's mixed reviews and survival horror genre was always gonna work against it.

    It's a pity as one of my fave 3rd party titles was Ref Steel 2, and Ubi game and proof they could create a stellar game if they built it from the ground up for the Wii (even though that didn't light up the tills either).

    Sigh, I honestly don't know what to do anymore, guess I'll just keep on truckin and hope for the best.
    Thank you! See, SOMEONE gets it.
    Reply -4
  • spamdangled 19/08/2014

    @enfilade

    True, but he could have worded that a lot better. And I would contest the point by pointing out that the reason so-called "mature" games on Wii U don't sell is because there's very few of them, and what examples there are, are simply ports from other platforms with little to no optimization and often less content (Call of Duty, Assassin's Creed, Batman, etc).

    My point is that he's saying they don't sell, but the company has put next to no effort in even trying. It's like he thinks they should just be able to shove out an awful port with less content and/or features and it should sell millions just by virtue of being there.

    The reason stuff like Batman, Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty etc didn't sell on Wii U isn't because they're adult-rated; it's because they were bad ports which were incredibly inferior to the versions released on other platforms.

    If they actually put the effort into developing something well instead of shoving it out as an afterthought, they might see better sales. But instead it seems like he just thinks they should be able to sell millions by being lazy.
    Reply -13
  • spamdangled 19/08/2014

    @vincepac

    I went to a state school actually.
    Reply -4
  • spamdangled 19/08/2014

    @vincepac

    Ok, so please define what makes a "mature" game.
    Reply -9
  • spamdangled 19/08/2014

    The irony is that Ubisoft's most mature games are often the ones with cartoony artsyles, like Child of Light and Valiant Hearts. Reply -3
  • spamdangled 19/08/2014

    @ShiftyGeezer

    Actually, I tend to enjoy a lot of Ubisoft's output. AC4 was one of the my favourite games of last year, for example. I just find it hilarious that he seems to be under the illusion that something like Watch Dogs is mature, which is pretty hilarious in and of itself.

    Ultraviolent revenge fantasies =/= "mature"

    It's the "mature" thing that irritates me the most. Not only because it says a lot about how he thinks that violent open-world games are "mature" by virtue of being violent, but also that it indicates he thinks that fantastic games like Mario are "immature".

    Someone needs to teach him that maturity involves a lot more than pre-pubescent angsty violence.
    Reply -5
  • spamdangled 19/08/2014

    @enfilade

    Please define what is "suited" to Wii U?

    It smacks of people thinking that because Nintendo typically creates games with a colorful artstyle, there's no place for anything else. It's the stupid "nintendo is for kids" mindset all over again.

    As I said, Ubi hasn't actually put any sort of real effort into the system, they've just palmed it off with a handful of shit ports with less content than the other consoles, a launch title which was semi decent but had a lot of flaws, and a Rayman game that came in over a year late after they decided to make it multi-platform.

    I love Ubisoft games, but the logic behind this is ridiculous and the way it's been worded is insulting and patronizing to anyone who owns a Wii U.
    Reply -27
  • spamdangled 19/08/2014

    @vegard

    If you look at Ubisoft's ouput on the Wii U, it's just a load of lackluster ports and ZombiU. They haven't even tried.

    So basically, this is like saying "our shitty ports haven't done well, so Nintendo can fuck off. Instead, we're just going to make shovelware because the owners of Wii U systems are too fucking thick to enjoy anything else because they're idiots"

    As for his declaration that Watch Dogs is "mature", well that's like calling a looney toons cartoon highbrow.
    Reply -28
  • spamdangled 19/08/2014

    @Sicho

    Exactly.
    Reply -17
  • spamdangled 19/08/2014

    #"[Watch Dogs] is coming to Wii U... It will be the only mature game we publish on it," Guillemot told Game Informer. "What we see is that Nintendo customers don't buy Assassin's Creed. Last year, we sold in very small numbers.

    "They are very interested in Just Dance, very interested by other kinds of games. So what we are trying to do is to focus more on the types of games they are interested in."

    Wow... that's fucking insulting and ignorant. So he's basically saying that Wii U owners are only interested in casual shit. Well done Yves, you've just successfully patronized and insulted over 6 million happy Wii U owners as well as Nintendo themselves.

    Jesus.

    And let's not forget that Ubisoft's brand of "mature" is ultraviolent revenge fantasies and cookie-cutter open world games that play like development-by-numbers. I swear to god there's some sort of document at Ubisoft HQ dictating that every single open-world game has to include watchtowers to unlock map areas, serious amounts of violence, a story based on revenge and insulting and inaccurate interpretations of mental illness.
    Reply -45
  • Hellgate is back - as a Steam Greenlight pitch

  • spamdangled 19/08/2014

    @SarcasticJoe

    IIRC, it played more like a third-person Diablo where the levels were largely procedurally-generated dungeons masquerading as the London Underground.

    Weird one to resurrect, given that it was flawed from the outset with very little content.
    Reply +4
  • Flappy Bird dev's latest, Swing Copters, release date set this week

  • spamdangled 19/08/2014

    @avluis

    So you missed this paragraph, which neatly sums up how the new game is different: "Swing Copters continues Flappy Bird's one-button gameplay where you weave back and forth to fit through narrow gaps in the scenery. Only now you'll ascend rather than fly to the right, and there are swinging hammers guarding each gap just in case Flappy Bird was too easy for you."


    Same principles, applied slightly differently. You now move vertically instead of horizontally, and hazards are now mobile rather than being static pieces of scenery.
    Reply +1
  • spamdangled 19/08/2014

    @avluis

    "Has the actual gameplay changed from his last game?"

    There's a wonderful thing called "reading the article" that will answer that question for you.
    Reply -1
  • Canned Metal Gear fan remake reveals David Hayter involvement

  • spamdangled 18/08/2014

    @Kiliko Lots of fan remakes get released with the blessing of the IP holders Reply +3
  • Xbox boss Phil Spencer makes case for Tomb Raider exclusivity deal

  • spamdangled 18/08/2014

    @_LarZen_

    "Deals like this helped Dead Rising....probably the worst game you can buy on the XBO."

    Feeling bitter? Dead Rising 3 is a great game.
    Reply +2
  • spamdangled 18/08/2014

    "We reported that confirmation shortly after we received it, as we felt it was important that our readers knew the nature of Rise of the Tomb Raider's exclusivity as quickly as possible."

    But not before getting all them sweet clicks ;)
    Reply +94
  • Ninja Theory: Don't call Hellblade Heavenly Sword 2

  • spamdangled 18/08/2014

    "Hellblade is smaller and shorter than Heavenly Sword"

    You could finish Heavenly Sword in an afternoon, so this sentence worries me.
    Reply +5
  • World of Warcraft subscription prices will rise in November

  • spamdangled 18/08/2014

    They already earn over $68m per month in subs from wow alone. Add that to Diablo sales on PC, Reaper about to come out on console, Starcraft 2, their licensing deals with internet cafes, and all the money they rake in from cosmetic goods, novels, comics, action figures, statues, t-shirts and other merchandise and I'm not sure they can exactly justify this. They're easily one of the highest grossing companies in the industry, perhaps higher than Valve. Reply +4
  • The Witcher 3 includes Gwent, a Hearthstone-esque card game

  • spamdangled 15/08/2014

    @Aretak

    "ithout those "butthurt fans" they wouldn't even be making The Witcher 3, given they're not some massive developer being bankrolled by one of the major publishers"

    Yeah, I'm sure they're desperately counting the pennies given that, you know, they own gog.com
    Reply +1
  • spamdangled 15/08/2014

    Dear internet:

    Get over it, there's no exclusive in-game content.

    Yours sincerely,

    99% of the gaming community.
    Reply +13
  • World of Warcraft's Warlords of Draenor expansion gets a release date

  • spamdangled 15/08/2014

    @George-Roper

    Have you tried Wildstar? It really shakes up MMO combat by requiring a lot of movement and awareness. You can string together combos, etc. It's traditional in some areas, especially at the start - you're still selecting skills from a hotbar - but it makes good progress into turning combat into a more action-oriented system as opposed to 2 people standing still.

    I have some guest codes sent to me by Carbine, so PM me if you're interested in giving it a try-before-you-buy whirl.
    Reply 0
  • spamdangled 14/08/2014

    @Azzazin5577

    Nah, the best cinematic they ever did was Arthas' return in WC3. Watching Arthas from a Bird's eye view marching through the gates, then reaching up and catching a petal in his gauntlet which promptly withered... great stuff.
    Reply +3
  • spamdangled 14/08/2014

    @George-Roper

    I agree with your latter point, but the former point is a tad unfair, given that the game is a decade old now. That said, the new expansion is overhauling the engine by a fairly impressive degree and the stylised artstyle they went with has lent it something of a timeless quality.

    I remember when it first came out, it was actually quite rare to find a computer capable of running it on ultra settings. It's easy to forget, a decade on, that at the time of its release WoW was actually considered a VERY attractive game with huge view distances, great art and fantastic animations and spell/ lighting effects.
    Reply +5
  • spamdangled 14/08/2014

    Whenever I see a Blizzard cinematic, I can't help but think they were mental for making the upcoming film live-action.

    Their cinematic department puts Pixar to shame.
    Reply +23
  • Hearthstone: Naxxramas strategy guide and walkthrough

  • spamdangled 14/08/2014

    @Bedders

    Ah ok, I must have misread in that case. My apologies!
    Reply +1
  • spamdangled 14/08/2014

    NVM Reply -3
  • Ubisoft: only "vocal minority" complains about number of Assassin's Creed games

  • spamdangled 14/08/2014

    @FortysixterUK

    But Revelations was almost as bad as AC3...
    Reply +1
  • spamdangled 14/08/2014

    @bad09

    "it's like COD that gets lots of hate on it but sales tell a different tale."

    But COD sales have been steadily declining in the last couple of years
    Reply +2
  • Konami's Metal Gear Solid 5 preview event

  • spamdangled 13/08/2014

    Geoff looks like he's about to pass out. Quick, someone pass him some mountain dew! Reply +1
  • spamdangled 13/08/2014

    Why's everyone so bemused by the 4 hours a sleep thing? Plenty of people sleep for 4 hours or less a night. I sleep between 3 and 4 hours a night. Margaret Thatcher only slept 3 hours a night.

    Oh, and I worked out that PT stood for "playable teaser" yesterday :)
    Reply 0
  • spamdangled 13/08/2014

    Those guards were a bit slow to react to the fact that their jeep was about 6 feet in the air Reply 0
  • spamdangled 13/08/2014

    Wait.... is that ocelot? Reply 0
  • spamdangled 13/08/2014

    Those horses make me want RDR 2. Reply 0