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  • Surgeon Simulator dev reveals first slice of I Am Bread gameplay

  • spekkeh 20/10/2014

    To be frank I am worried the gameplay content is spread a bit too thin Reply +16
  • spekkeh 20/10/2014

    Wow this is literally the best thing since

    never mind, I'll let myself out
    Reply +15
  • Civilian massacring game Hatred courts controversy, gets it

  • spekkeh 17/10/2014

    @gr8effect you could also argue that the fact your kid thought it was something that needed bringing up (though kids have this about everything of course) means he can't separate the two worlds completely. Which is logical because like any story, games convey meaning and therefore things trickle over. Reply +1
  • spekkeh 17/10/2014

    Well we've all been kids. And this is so triehard edgy that my twelve year old self would have pirated at least six copies. I just have to wonder why any ostensible adult would be inclined to make it. Reply +15
  • E3 organiser and trade group ESA speaks out against GamerGate

  • spekkeh 16/10/2014

    @pmcr09 So let me get this straight. If these feminists started a hashtag to rally under (and female power was the norm), which was from the beginning linked to abusive behavior, and out to silence a certain way of thinking, and after a few weeks of festering on the self-proclaimed arsehole of the internet with tonnes of inflammatory scheming, as a direct result of the culture they created Stephen Molyneux couldn't speak because of bomb threats, you would still like to associate yourself with this hashtag?

    I wouldn't. Even though I support inclusion of women. Fuck I'd distance myself in the strongest wording from that.
    Reply +2
  • spekkeh 16/10/2014

    @Thrice87

    But it is potentially manipulating markets through co-ordinated efforts.
    Yes, though having read the e-mails I see no proof of this whatsoever. It seems to be leaked more to show that some journalists from different sites talk to each other about topics. Though really, did anyone expect otherwise? Of course people within the same trade network and talk to each other, generally this is considered to be beneficial to the trade. For one it improves the dissemination of news, for another peer reviews and discussions improve the quality, though for outsiders it could also lead to a veneer of hive mind after debates are settled. Then again maybe it's better that professionals sharpen their mind with other professionals and not random internet rabble, myself included. I wouldn't like my articles to be peer reviewed by EG commenters, no offense.

    I felt similarly about the allegations re IGF, of course for competitions it would be better if noone in the indie game scene knew each other and had any kind of affiliation, but then there would be no indie scene let alone a competition in the first place. This is endemic to any trade (and even science) in the first place, so I'm just left wondering if the people complaining about it even have a job, but that could just be me.
    Reply +4
  • spekkeh 16/10/2014

    @Greynarl

    There is also a lot of legitimate corruption that has been exposed through it like Gaming website editors e-mailing each other on mailing lists to make sure they cover certain news stories a particular way especially when they portray gaming websites and writers poorly.
    This is not corruption.

    To be honest I wasn't happy when Eurogamer praised Zoe Quinn but failed to mention her relationship with a particular Gaming website editor which is perfectly fine of course until you realise that editor then gave her game very favourably reviews
    This didn't happen.

    but please do research and read up on the issue yourself
    Yes please.
    Reply +8
  • spekkeh 16/10/2014

    @Aurain

    By painting GG people as something most of them are not, you stoke the fire, but by putting effort discrediting their core ideas, you suffocate it and put it out.
    As a scientist I'm of course all for a rational discussion of ideas, but that kind of went out the window when the conspiracies started creeping in. Every argument by MSM is intrinsically suspect due to alleged collusion. And for some even people like me, tenured, right leaning, independent commentators, are apparently part of some leftwing conspiracy to destroy the gamer identity. If the other side is part of some conspiracy, then you don't need to listen. The arguments aren't heard, or don't want to be heard, because all these allegations have been debunked, but still people dish them up or resort to youtube vids instead of more level headed discussion fora.

    I agree that the inflammatory epithets like misogyny are exaggerated and likely harm their purpose, though I do think that for much of gamergate, there are subconscious chauvinistic motives borne out of insecurity that gamer culture went mainstream, and with that the sense of self-worth they derived from the small community becomes increasingly meaningless.
    Reply +6
  • spekkeh 16/10/2014

    @Aurain

    but GG is the narrative of unethical practices in gaming journalism in general, regardless of how others have spun it or made it something else
    This is I'm afraid bogus. Practically all of the revelations by Gamergate have been debunked and were incredibly minor in the first place (not even worthy of the term corruption). Here's a list of some of these.

    They were always only part of the gamergate movement anyway, which was started by reactionary conservatives who don't even really care about games, latching on to a small sex scandal to combat their perceived leftist threat of women encroaching into male dominated domains. You can see this in the narrative that much like all reactionary commentaries it has shifted from women to academics to everyone else considered 'leftist elite' by these nutjobs. Even if the narrative was mainly on games corruption, and who doesn't want to combat that, it's done more harm than good. Following Gerstmanngate (actual gate) and more recently Rab Florence on this very same site, there's been a longstanding process to improve ethics in gaming journalism. Like EG not participating or reporting on (p)review events, a greater separation between editors and PR etc. This process now seems dead and buried as anyone interested in this with honest intentions is scrambling to get as far away from the tainted narrative of Gamergate as possible.
    Reply +14
  • Anita Sarkeesian cancels university speech following school shooting threat

  • spekkeh 15/10/2014

    @lancashirered

    But I don't think blaming the vast majority of normal decent players is the way forward; which is what seems to be happening
    You seem to think GamerGate constitutes the vast majority of normal decent players. I think you are grossly mistaken. I think the vast majority of normal decent players view GamerGate as an incredibly embarrassing affair that needs to go away as quickly as possible. In that sense MrTomFTW is coming up for his readership.
    Reply +5
  • spekkeh 15/10/2014

    @dirtysteve

    where's the actual link to GG though? The evidence?
    You are right this is one big coincidence.
    Reply +6
  • spekkeh 15/10/2014

    @abigsmurf This is not a death threat but a terrorist threat. Sadly people like Sarkeesian get death threats daily that aren't reported on. Not meant as a pissing contest, because all of these threats are horrible. I especially feel for Boogie who seems like a genuinely okay guy. Reply +3
  • spekkeh 15/10/2014

    @the_rydster You mean like Brianna Wu--oh wait. Reply +9
  • spekkeh 15/10/2014

    Absolutely horrible. The damage GamerGate has done to our image (let alone the poor women that have been harassed) far and I do mean faaar exceeds any problems game journalism has (and were wellknown before GG, which has no basis to stand on). Anyone still condoning it is part of the problem. As for the actual trolls, I think they are acting like petulent children, just trying to get the biggest emotional reaction out of someone. Like children, the only way to solve it is to send it to its room and not give it any recognition whatsoever.

    /marxist jew scientist with secret SJW agenda conspiring to destroy gaming
    Reply +20
  • Why Ajay Ghale isn't the real star of Far Cry 4

  • spekkeh 14/10/2014

    So basically more of the same, though I guess we already knew that. Ubisofitis still in full swing. Will give this a pass.

    Also, GTAV shook the up the formula pretty strongly with switching between main characters and the heist preparations, which were its two saving graces.
    Reply -2
  • Let's have more games that show rather than tell

  • spekkeh 12/10/2014

    @Uncompetative I think that's a good distinction. It's better to be able to experiment, but not if you lose a lot of progress by it. Reply 0
  • spekkeh 11/10/2014

    I only just started playing SoM. I though the very intro was deftly handled, where they used a nice narrative conceit to have you try out the controls in a safe environment, while simultaneously making it pressing. After that though, I get anxiety just thinking about the massive information overload. I sort of already forgot what the mission was as I feel the need to sit down and study before I can proceed to play. I agree with show don't tell (or do, don't show), even outside of the artistic considerations, a tv has poor usability to read text off of. Reply +31
  • The man who made Conker - Rare's most adult game

  • spekkeh 12/10/2014

    @smelly Yes I have, and they really aren't, though I guess it depends on what you mean by dumbed down. Back in the ole days games were singular in focus, only one way to succeed and occupied a single plane. Since we went into open world, compound genre, spatial awareness and greater autonomy games, the intrinsic cognitive load exerted by the games has shot up exponentially. There's nothing dumb about today's games. That may be something else than what you mean though, which I reckon has very little to do with actual dumb, and more with precision timing. Reply -5
  • What the hell is Gamechurch?

  • spekkeh 10/10/2014

    It's a nice idea but alas God is ded and we fragged him. Reply +1
  • Unity reportedly up for sale

  • spekkeh 10/10/2014

    I agree with Empedocles. In the long run I can't see them compete with UE4's new pricing structure and I think neither can they, which is why they want to sell. Either to cash out when they still can, or because they need a bigger investor to have a fighting chance. Reply -4
  • Samus and Zero Suit Samus costumes in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

  • spekkeh 08/10/2014

    Bordering on Samusful. Reply -2
  • Nintendo to focus on Nintendo Direct and social media following Official Nintendo Magazine closure

  • spekkeh 07/10/2014

    I was a big fan of NMS and NOM. By the time it changed to ONM, print magazines were frankly already dead, just in denial. I really like seeing the likes of Leadbetter and Chris Schilling frequenting Eurogamer. Gives a reassuring feeling of community that endures past the death of the medium. Even though there was no community back then, just faceless reader multitudes, and they of course have no clue who the ef I am. Reply +2
  • DriveClub review

  • spekkeh 07/10/2014

    Hey look, the game allows veering off a cliff after all. Reply +28
  • Super Smash Bros. Wii U and Amiibo release dates announced

  • spekkeh 07/10/2014

    Releasing Amiibos on Sinterklaas eve huh?

    Impression of Dutch and Belgian toy stores:

    Reply +11
  • Ryse on PC won't feature micro-transactions

  • spekkeh 28/09/2014

    Fuels the theory that the microtransactions were in fact obligated by Microsoft, seeing as all major exclusives had them. There's of course also the reason they wanted to go all digital; more revenue. Reply 0
  • Call of Duty maker Activision moves to dismiss former dictator Manuel Noriega's "absurd lawsuit"

  • spekkeh 22/09/2014

    "If successful, Noriega's efforts would give numerous historical and political figures - and their heirs - a veto right over their appearances in works of art, having a chilling effect on movies such as Forrest Gump and Zero Dark Thirty, TV shows such as Saturday Night Live and Boardwalk Empire, and beloved books such as Primary Colors and The Paris Wife, just to name a few," Activision said.
    Pretty sure these people weren't slandered, or otherwise their image was used as satire as part of a political message. Don't really think that applies here. Seems more like Activision purposefully kicked up a stink to get headlines.
    Reply 0
  • New lighting tech debunks moon landing conspiracy theories

  • spekkeh 20/09/2014

    @penhalion

    The real question of course has always been why did we never return to the moon. It's almost as if what we found there scared the pants off us and we ran back home, tail between legs
    Actually they returned five times. Maybe they found a stripclub with an open bar.
    Reply +4
  • Assassin's Creed movie delayed

  • spekkeh 19/09/2014

    Maybe Fassbender had time to read up on the story. Reply +4
  • Silent Hills concept trailer is coming for you

  • spekkeh 18/09/2014

    Looks amazing. Though I prefer the 'trying to find out what happened' fear over jumpscares in corridors, so I do hope there's an actual village as well. Reply +5
  • Final Fantasy 15 demo confirmed, Nomura leaves director's chair

  • spekkeh 18/09/2014

    I see those guys in the car, I keep singing out loud Ooh eeh ooh ah ah ting tang walla walla bang bang. Reply 0
  • Scalebound is unlike anything Platinum has done before

  • spekkeh 18/09/2014

    Sounds like Platinum does the mechanics, but the way the game looks and everything has to go through Microsoft to closer attune it to western tastes. Not sure if that would work. There's enough focus tested gruff marines in gritty environments as is. On the other hand, while I adore Platinum Games' games, some of the aesthetic decisions (mostly goofball antics and some cringey sexism) I could also do without. So maybe if they were to meet somewhere in the middle, that could work out well. Reply -15
  • The race to defeat Destiny's toughest challenge begins

  • spekkeh 16/09/2014

    @Die_nasty These games are not for us. Sadly the MMO paradigm of locking out content behind grind is creeping into many more games. Best choice is to vote with your wallet, only way to nip it in the bud. Reply +8
  • The Xbook One is a $1500 Xbox One laptop

  • spekkeh 15/09/2014

    *carry case not included

    Reply +13
  • Destiny UK's biggest new IP launch ever

  • spekkeh 15/09/2014

    @GitSomE_UK No, but I had the same with Halo, the nondescript aesthetics with faceless marines don't do it at all for me. Hard to argue with something that's that popular though. Reply +3
  • spekkeh 15/09/2014

    75 on metacritic, biggest new ip. The thirst is real. Reply +27
  • Life is Strange: It takes time to be different

  • spekkeh 12/09/2014

    Sounds like a nice looking Gone Home.

    I'm down with that.
    Reply +2
  • iPhone 6 and Apple Watch revealed

  • spekkeh 09/09/2014

    Apple was more interesting when they still made premium phones. Now only the price is premium. Looks like cheap HTC one knockoff with a worse screen and mono sound. GG Tim Cook. Reply +12
  • The Sun Also Rises covers the war on terror from multiple perspectives

  • spekkeh 04/09/2014

    That's a good point too I guess ;). Reply +2
  • spekkeh 04/09/2014

    Great idea, though I see they've stopped short of actually having someone play a Talibani. Then again, maybe that would've been detrimental to the tone.

    On first sight not a big fan of the artstyle, too detached/emotionless. I had similar problems with Kentucky Route Zero. If all the emoting is text based, I'd rather just read the book.
    Reply +3
  • Sony's Pre-TGS 2014 press conference live report

  • spekkeh 01/09/2014

    Well that EG lack of Japanese character encoding ruined my joke. Reply 0
  • spekkeh 01/09/2014

    @Salt_The_Fries I guess Dragon Quest Musuo is pretty AAA. Or, well, あああ. Reply 0
  • spekkeh 01/09/2014

    Musou games, date sims, creepy VR voyeur game by Tecmo. I guess this TGS is to Japanese gamers what two hours of throatstabbing is to us. Reply +1
  • spekkeh 01/09/2014

    Dragon Qyeesss Mus--oh Reply 0
  • spekkeh 01/09/2014

    @L0cky you know that's what's going to sell it the most though Reply 0
  • spekkeh 01/09/2014

    Crap, only halfway in? I'm already an hour late for work. Guess I'll be reading up on the rest in the train. Reply 0
  • spekkeh 01/09/2014

    Game Producer doesn't want to be recognized. Understandably. Reply 0
  • spekkeh 01/09/2014

    OMG voyeur game, Morhpeus bought Reply 0
  • spekkeh 01/09/2014

    @L0cky

    Reply 0
  • spekkeh 01/09/2014

    Bobo Green desu. That somehow sounded funnier than it is. Reply 0
  • spekkeh 01/09/2014

    Witcher also looks better with Japanese voices. I guess it's all the over the top gore in these games that feels better at place in a manga. Reply 0