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  • Why I will never call video games a hobby

  • winstoninabox 16/08/2015

    @ROMhack
    "What's wrong with people these days that they're so easily offended?"

    The author straight up says you're wrong (yes, his words) if you think games are a hobby. Probably outrage is too strong, but a professional author can express an opinion (for that's all it is) without slighting the vast majority who seem to disagree with him. A little push back from the opposition, and a request for a better standard of opinion pieces is reasonable.
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  • winstoninabox 15/08/2015

    @Exceptional_leg
    I agree. I quite enjoyed the read, but didn't understand why the author thinks those who describe video games as a hobby to be wrong. The medium can be treated as more than a hobby, but it doesn't have to be.
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  • An hour with Randy Pitchford

  • winstoninabox 24/07/2015

    @GAmbrose
    "From what I understand, Blomkamp is going to ignore Aliens 3 completely, and make a sequel as if Aliens was the last film.

    Which is a much better way of doing things, if you're going to ret-con."

    Superman Returns says hello.
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  • Meet the man cleaning up after the Godus disaster

  • winstoninabox 18/07/2015

    @PlugMonkey
    So basically you think gamers should've known better and PM wasn't intentionally taking money under false pretenses. If that's how you want to read this situation where thousands of pounds have changed hands with the expectation of thousands more to follow, yet numerous promises connected to those pounds haven't been fulfilled, or, in the case the contest winner from two years ago, haven't even been begun, then that's your choice.

    Edit: because of iPhone
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  • winstoninabox 17/07/2015

    @PlugMonkey
    "but when has he ever 'taken people's money'"

    PM is not a charity that people donated to. He asked people for money on Kickstarter in exchange for a promised game. He sold hammers as DLC in Curiosity (one was thousands of s) and promised a life-changing prize, something which has never even existed. He even had the winner sign a contract. That he seems a bumbling dreamer who is unable to manage his financial affairs is the reason, not a get out of jail free card.
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  • Destiny: The Taken King promotional Red Bull quest and bonus XP detailed

  • winstoninabox 25/06/2015

    If I were to show you a can of Redbull now, you'd throw money at the screen. Reply +2
  • Urban Chaos: Riot Response was Rocksteady's pre-Batman crime crackdown

  • winstoninabox 22/06/2015

    @kevboard It really depends on one's experience whether it was tarnished by this or not. I played it on PS3 and had no problems with the game or any of the DLC. I thought it was a fantastic fourth entry in the trilogy, but realize that not everyone was so lucky. I also liked the younger Batman, his interactions with Alfred, and the 8 killers storyline. I'd certainly recommend it to anyone who likes the Rocksteady games.

    Edit: typos and grammar
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  • The Last Guardian lives! Still directed by Fumito Ueda

  • winstoninabox 16/06/2015

    Praise the sun \o/
    Sorry, wrong game.
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  • Bethesda removes paid mods in Skyrim

  • winstoninabox 28/04/2015

    If the intention was to allow modders to profit from their work, then why didn't Valve talk to some of the modders for suggestions on how best to do that. Instead, this looks like suits from each company sat down, and without consultation with the very people they were hoping to benefit, decided what was best for them. And for them. Reply +7
  • Here's your first look at Cliff Bleszinski's new game

  • winstoninabox 10/03/2015

    @Hiya I recommend the Borderlands series. You'll care a lot. Reply -1
  • Rich Stanton on: Requiem for a dreamer

  • winstoninabox 16/02/2015

    @spamdangled

    I think you've confused me with some other conversation you're having.
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  • winstoninabox 16/02/2015

    @spamdangled

    "Molyneux would win that court case in a heart beat, due to no date being stipulated."

    No, he would not. No due date does not mean what you think it means. Claims in court, and I'm speaking from personal experince, are not settled by one party saying, 'The contract had no due date, so I've got forever'. The court would look *very* unfavorably at the broken communication and *very* unfavorably at the ignoring or Bryan's attempts to reestablish communication. Coupled with the time frame since the contest was completed, the lack of progress PM has made in fulfilling anything at all on his side of the bargain, and now Konrad coming out and saying in a forum that he thinks it unlikely that multiplayer will ever be working, well... If you think that Bryan isn't looking at a win then we'll just have to agree to disagree.
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  • winstoninabox 15/02/2015

    @spamdangled

    "im not aaying that Molyneux is above criticism for Godus, but at least get your facts right."

    Let's look at the facts. The contest was 2 years ago. A contract was signed, and it may well be open-ended as to the delivery date. The conditions of the prize have in the media at least gone from a claimed length of 5-10 years to 6 months, to possibly less than that if other players 'dethrone' the god. However, PM has never had the prize. 22cans ceased communicating with the prize winner about a year ago and the prize winner himself has given up on communicating with them after the repeated silences. The actual software that is needed to begin the prize has not even begun to be written let alone tested. Is that less grey enough for you?

    So yes, it could be as you state. But if Bryan Henderson wanted to make a claim in court I wouldn't like to be PM.

    "Perhps then level those points at the people, including those in these very comments, saying otherwise and claiming he took the money and ran and saying in app purchases were fraud."

    Initially you decided to respond to me, and not the other way around. So how about you save your advice for yourself. And once again I'll remind you that I didn't say that the in-app purchases were fraud.
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  • winstoninabox 15/02/2015

    @spamdangled

    "yes, i forgot the bit where..."

    No, the bit you forgot was, and I'm going to put it in one sentence this time so you can focus all your powers of concentration on it, *PM took money from people to take part in a contest, yet 2 years later he has never given the prize*.

    Everything else is immaterial. It doesn't matter whether he made money or not, whether he invested his own money or not, whether he used in-app purchases or not, and it certainly doesn't matter that those who paid money did so voluntarily.

    The really weird thing about this is the prize. At no time before, during, or after the contest has he ever actually had the prize to give away. And if the people working on the prize are to be believed, it may never ever come into existence. He has sold the lion skin that he never had.
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  • winstoninabox 15/02/2015

    @spamdangled

    Uh, look I don't know you, but I'm gonna assume you're a non-native speaker of English. I wrote 4 sentences, none of which say offering in-app purchases is fraud. BTW, I don't watch those shows, but I have seen a couple of episodes or each, and I'm pretty sure the writers of the shows, as do I, understand what fraud is.

    What I did say was that PM advertised a contest with a prize and took money from some entrants via in-app purchases to improve their chances of winning. Despite the contest having concluded two years ago with a winner, he as yet has produced no prize. He has also kept the money that he took from those entrants. You can make of that what you will.
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  • winstoninabox 14/02/2015

    "This is why when I see people calling Molyneux a fraud or a thief I can't agree."

    Everyone seems to be forgetting that Curiosity, although a free download, had in app purchases - 59p to 50,000. PM took that money, an he would have happily taken the money for the diamond chisel had it been sold, with the promise of a prize at the end. Two years later there's no prize and he's kept that money. There must be a word for a person who does that...
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  • Face-Off: Assassin's Creed Unity

  • winstoninabox 17/11/2014

    @StooMonster Star Trek says hello. Currently playing through it in coop for the giggles. Wish I could've taken a video of the Gorn teleporting into the fight who repeatedly just sunk into the floor to disappear. It is a good game with beer, though. Reply +1
  • Xbox One plays catch up in Japan with solid launch line-up

  • winstoninabox 20/06/2014

    Both consoles are expected to sell in the first week. Reply +3
  • The Heavenly Sword movie is out soon - and here's a new trailer

  • winstoninabox 11/02/2014

    Only periods can give the right emphasis.
    Worst. Trailer. Narration. Ever.
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  • Fixing Forza 5: How Turn 10 wants to win fans back

  • winstoninabox 13/12/2013

    If your goal is for players to have access to and the fun of driving as many cars as possible, then just give them access to all the cars. Then if you want to distinguish between players who've achieved things in the game over players who haven't, then make the livery of all cars locked to the same noob livery. If you want your car to look better, then go out and achieve the goals. There's no need to monetize the process in order to show the difference between racers who have and haven't done stuff. The only reason for monetization is... making money. Reply +6
  • The play's the thing

  • winstoninabox 02/09/2013

    @linea "the worlds that videogames represent are primarily interacted with either by destroying, pushing or picking up items- any other interactions have to be heavily scripted generally."

    Great point.
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  • Saints Row: The Third's Dominatrix DLC now headed to SR4

  • winstoninabox 23/07/2013

    @Binba442 Spoilers:



    Three had some missions set inside the Deckers' computer network. There are also some limited superpowers in the hunt for Johnny Gat DLC.
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  • Dead Space 3: Awakened review

  • winstoninabox 14/03/2013

    Sounds like what Alien 3 was to Aliens in that it made the previous film irrelevant. Reply +1
  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker retrospective

  • winstoninabox 25/02/2013

    I'm glad you liked MGS: Peace Walker. But if you didn't get much out of the PSP itself then are you really into gaming? I've close to 50 PSP games and never regretted a one of them. Hundreds of hours of gaming later and I'm still playing stuff on it. The Lego games alone sucked me in for days collecting everything. And in the last month I've got into Ace Combat with my nephew who loves it in co-op. No love for Liberty City? What about Vice City? Get a few mates together and there's heaps of multiplayer fun to be had with those titles.
    If you've never sat in a coffee shop with friends playing Monster Hunter, you're not qualified to pass judgement on what was, and still is, a superb handheld.
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  • Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn is more space soap than space opera

  • winstoninabox 06/10/2012

    This is the story of a bunch of fresh-faced cadet space marines at an elite military academy - all their parents are senior offices in the United Nations Space Command - and so far it's strictly high school.
    All their parents are offices! I guess the story will give the kids room for improvement.
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  • Retrospective: Jet Set Radio Future

  • winstoninabox 17/09/2012

    "when I visited the real Tokyo a few years ago. I was there to see Q Entertainment for a magazine article, and I'm guessing I'd never travelled so far from home. The funny thing though is that everywhere I looked I felt like I was at home anyway. Because of Jet Set Radio Future, I recognised almost all of the streets around Shibuya - those strange, fiercely clean alleyways sloping away at odd angles"

    You saw Shibuya at its best. It's a dive now.
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  • Sony announces God of War Saga and inFamous Collection

  • winstoninabox 07/08/2012

    In the inFamous collection the last bullet point is "Extra missions".
    Any idea what they are?
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  • 007 Legends to feature On Her Majesty's Secret Service mission

  • winstoninabox 29/06/2012

    @Kill_Crazy I hope you've seen it and Casino Royale before playing. I've watched them both several times and still found their stories as the game presented them almost unfathomable. Oh and play it on 007 difficulty. Anything less is not so challenging. Damn that copter fight was tough. Enjoy! Reply 0
  • winstoninabox 29/06/2012

    @Kill_Crazy QoS and Blood Stone are really not too bad, and can probably be picked up for the right price now. I actually really enjoyed the original story of Blood Stone. Unfortunately they shoehorned naff multi-player in which did neither of them any favours. Reply +1
  • Sega sacrificing Euro/Oz operations to focus on four core IPs

  • winstoninabox 29/06/2012

    I just finished Captain America: Super Soldier by Sega last night, and would love it if there were to be another game in the same mould. It's not as good as Batman: AA which it is obviously modelled on, but really is a pretty good movie tie-in. Great voice work and the story is good, too. It's the sort of game that if they gave the developers a crack at a sequel, and they could smooth out the rough bits, it would turn out great. The Eurogamer review score of 5/10 was a little too harsh. I'd give it a low 7 myself.

    Come on Sega, don't let all that work go to waste, especially as in a year or so they'll be another movie you can piggyback off.
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  • Peter Molyneux's new game Curiosity has a 50,000 DLC

  • winstoninabox 07/06/2012

    The cube is a lie. Reply +1
  • Inversion Review

  • winstoninabox 06/06/2012

    to an alien invasion of the planet by a group of wacky menaces called the Lutadores.
    For a second I thought the aliens are the Luchadores from Saint's Row the Third. Now that would be wacky.
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  • Just Cause dev working with Square Enix on "ground breaking" open world action game

  • winstoninabox 29/05/2012

    @bdaggers I too still play it. And I too would buy more DLC today if it were available. It really is just such a great game to zip around in causing trouble, doing the races and blowing stuff up. Reply 0
  • winstoninabox 28/05/2012

    Could it mean JC3 will be for this gen AND next gen? Reply 0
  • Jaws bites in new 007 Legends screens

  • winstoninabox 25/05/2012

    Jaws looks a little short. I'd expect to be looking up at him more. Unless he's far away... Reply 0
  • Journey creator: "Games are not good enough for adults"

  • winstoninabox 19/05/2012

    Ask a carpenter how to fix a problem, and he'll tell you a hammer. Reply +2
  • Early Assassin's Creed concept footage dug up

  • winstoninabox 05/05/2012

    I found the lost Indianna Jones game to be even more fascinating. Reply 0
  • Game of the Week: Dear Esther

  • winstoninabox 19/02/2012

    I've never played Dear Esther nor CoD so I can only talk with confidence about Uncharted. Your claim that it "emphasizes content over gameplay" is incorrect. Only on the first playthrough of the game is the player forced to experience the narrative as a narrative. After that it is possible to chapter select. At that point the abstraction from the narrative is huge as, should the player so wish to, he or she can easily view the game not as a story but as an endless chance to replay battles.
    On top of chapter select is the ability to select the difficult level, which further emphasizes that the player can artficially choose to alter the context of these replayed battles, and thus increase the narrative dissonance. And then the player can add their own made up challenges into the mix. Win by hand to hand only for example.
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  • Star Wars: The Old Republic Review

  • winstoninabox 15/01/2012

    The writing is flat, the staging and animation of the lengthy conversations is very basic and the subject matter is often dry, adult, cynical or plain boring - all of which feel more appropriate to the sterile politics of one of BioWare's own universes than the high adventure of Star Wars.
    Did you watch the prequels?
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  • The truth behind retailer-exclusive pre-order extras

  • winstoninabox 02/01/2012

    @cowell I agree.

    Stop buying into it and they'll stop doing it, it's that simple.

    I've no animosity toward retailers trying to maximize their profits. That's their livelihood there. People who complain about it really need to just man up to the fact that that game that you love playing is a something sold to you by someone trying to make a profit. Sure they might listen to fans, and sure they need you to buy it, but ultimately they're trying to make money from you. If you don't like what they're doing then stop complaining like you're hobby is somehow being taken away from you (it's not), don't buy their product, and find a product that you do like.

    In 18 months time you'll probably be able to pick up the lot in some $10 bargain sale on the PSN anyway.
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  • NFS: The Run 49.99 on PSN Store this week

  • winstoninabox 15/12/2011

    @Ryze In Japan the PSP is still doing pretty decent business. Reply 0
  • Uncharted series sells 13 million copies

  • winstoninabox 06/12/2011

    @CaptainQuint What is this ever-decreasing gameplay? Reply +2
  • Saturday Soapbox: Failure is Not an Option

  • winstoninabox 20/11/2011

    @Nithron Well said. You need to know what kind of game you're playing, and the game should make that clear to you. Especially if some missions are time-dependent, but others allow you to put them off indefinitely while you wander around shooting pigeons. Reply +2
  • Game of the Week: Uncharted 3

  • winstoninabox 06/11/2011

    I'm 2/3 through on Crushing, and have to wonder what the reviewer considers a 10 to be. All 3 of the Uncharted games offer a great challenge on Crushing. Did the reviewer complete the game on the highest difficulty? Gun fights are really tense when you can be cut down with one shot; running from cover to cover just to stay alive. There are no prompts in the fistfights. Knowing how to use the right weapon for the upcoming big fight, and getting the stealth kills to thin out the ranks a little all show a great depth of gameplay.

    And the 2nd time through I notice so much more of the story, writing, even the characters' reactions in scenes. I find the balance between story and game fantastic. I haven't been able to even try the online stuff yet, but I've loved the single player so much so far, the multiplayer is just going to be a bonus.

    Would I give it 10? I don't know. Uncharted 2 certainly made a bigger step from its predecessor, but while Uncharted 3 doesn't make the same leap it does everything at least as well, and looks even more gorgeous to boot. I wouldn't mark it down just because we've seen similarl before. It's right up there with Uncharted 2 for me, and that game is a 10 in my book.
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  • Payday: The Heist Review

  • winstoninabox 31/10/2011

    As good at what it does, as Uncharted 3 is at what it does. Hmmm... Reply +5
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Review

  • winstoninabox 31/10/2011

    I gave Shakespeare's Henry VIII 8/10. While the characters and story are quite well put together, he's done the king thing several times before this and I'm over it. I really wanted him to write a mime performance art piece that utilizes other media. That's what I wanted. Reply +3
  • Just Cause 3 in development - report

  • winstoninabox 26/10/2011

    I think I spent more hours in JC2 than anything in the last year. Maybe the only thing I'd like is the option to sometimes have stealth kills. I'd find this guy guarding some roadblock by himself in the middle of no where, bump him off with one shot, and suddenly helicopters and trucks turn up! Who let 'em know? Reply +2
  • Batman: Arkham City iOS map app released

  • winstoninabox 26/10/2011

    @Beano Thanks. I loved the collectible tracking in the first game. R* please take note for GTA V - I wanna be able to collect pidgeans without paper and pencil! Reply 0
  • winstoninabox 25/10/2011

    I haven't played it, so does this mean that there is no collectibles tracking in the game itself? Reply +2
  • Batman Sinestro Corps skin UK details

  • winstoninabox 18/10/2011

    No amount of DLC is worth the shame of having Green Lantern sitting on your media shelf. Terrible movie that has a nonsensical plot, turgid script and a lead with zero charisma. When the best thing you can say about a film is its 3D effects weren't awful, then you've got a dog. Check out Topless Robot which rips it to shreds. Wait for the skins to become available later is my suggestion. Reply 0