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  • Inside FIFA 18's Weekend League, the gruelling mode that's consuming players' lives

  • witchdrash 21/11/2017

    I am amazed that
    A - the idea got dreamt up
    B - it got implemented
    Its structure changes the game from a bit of fun in to work, and plenty will blame those who play, but itís easy to become so invested that you play because you feel you have sunk in so much that stopping is impossible.

    Really glad I skipped FIFA this year, not because personally I would have ended up playing this (donít play online against strangers because Iím crap) but because this appears to be the year where EA have decided to properly jump the shark with shitty systems across multiple games all seemingly designed to suck the fun out of their games
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  • EA's response to Star Wars: Battlefront 2 hero unlock fury isn't going down well

  • witchdrash 13/11/2017

    I enjoyed Battlefront, not bought this game, wonít be buying this game, it could be the most amazing game created, but full game purchase with mobile app monetisation, thatís a big fat nope from me. Reply +4
  • Amazon UK customers furious as Xbox One X pre-orders fail to arrive

  • witchdrash 07/11/2017

    I've had a lot of problems with Amazon, although that's because I order loads from them, instead of rage quitting, it's usually easier to just ask them for a goodwill gesture, you get your item, some money, everyone wins.

    Amazon have probably given me about £300 in amazon vouchers over the last couple of years due to cock ups. (and that doesn't include the random times they send me two items instead of one, which seems to happen a lot...)

    Just be polite and hold their feet to the fire and they'll give you a voucher to get rid of you.

    Line 1 support can give you up to £20 and if you escalate you can sometimes get £50.
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  • Microsoft Xbox One X review

  • witchdrash 03/11/2017

    Iím tempted but I have a very powerful pc and I can get most of the games direct from Microsoft on that.

    But it does look nice.

    Decisions decisions...
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  • A month after launch, how's FIFA 18?

  • witchdrash 30/10/2017

    Iíve given up with fifa for the moment, the same issues exist for years now, Iím very time limited and donít enjoy multiplayer and my main issue with single player is the ai difficulty curve is not gradual, the game goes from me winning 10/11 - 0 to me losing 0 - 2 and itís often because the game doesnít do what I expect, on easier difficulties you can recover from the engines stupidity on higher difficulties it punishes you, even though it wasnít what you intended to happen. Reply +2
  • Are loot boxes gambling?

  • witchdrash 12/10/2017

    Loot boxes are not gambling, but they are as close to gambling as you can get before it actually becomes gambling.

    You are trading money for the hope of getting something decent, I get the same buzz from opening blind boxes, CCG card boosters and playing fixed odds slot machines, if you get the same buzz, they're relying on exactly the same triggers to suck money out of you.

    So for me, they are demonstrably the same thing, if not technically.
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  • Jelly Deals: LG 55-inch 4K OLED TV at its cheapest price yet

  • witchdrash 18/09/2017

    @max75 no because itís a tv Reply 0
  • witchdrash 18/09/2017

    @SteampunkZomb1e wait until March next year, they'll go on clearance, I got mine less than half price (although still expensive as it was 65") Reply +1
  • Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris DLC details leaked by Xbox Store

  • witchdrash 08/09/2017

    @tramainbacchus the content team were probably finished with destiny 2 (bar a few tweaks) 6/8 months ago, better to have them making more content than sitting in theyíre hands whistling Reply -1
  • Microsoft's final sales pitch for Xbox One X falls flat

  • witchdrash 21/08/2017

    @Foxtrot-Oscar I've not noticed this on my PS4 at all, ok apart from most of the monthly games being pretty rubbish. Plus Digital Foundry have pretty much pegged Xbox One and PS4 as similar, I doubt the difference between PS4 pro and Xbox One X will be much different.

    Your post feels like you more have an axe to grind with Sony and the Playstation, which is a perfectly good reason to switch, but the stats don't bear our your assertions, just be honest and say you don't like Sony anymore so you're going somewhere else, and that's fine.
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  • witchdrash 21/08/2017

    I want to get the enthusiasm up to actually buy this, I chose PS4 at the beginning, because most of my friends were getting one, and decided I'd hold off until later to get an XBox One, however the reasons for actually getting one are less than they were at launch, between my PS4 and my PC (with Microsoft's new found desire to enable Windows 10 owners to play all their games too) there is little, to no, reason to purchase an Xbox One, and more power isn't a particularly compelling reason to part with £450.

    As much as this pains me, if they cut windows users off from some exclusives their hardware would be a much easier sell, the problem is if you own even a moderate gaming PC purchasing their hardware doesn't make much sense, as you can get plenty of the "exclusives" on there, and almost everything else is cross platform.
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  • BioWare veteran and Anthem lead designer Corey Gaspur passes away

  • witchdrash 01/08/2017

    @SinglePlayer strictly speaking you don't pass away at any age, something always kills you Reply +46
  • So far, Fortnite feels less than Epic

  • witchdrash 27/07/2017

    Call me a weirdo but I'm having fun, but I've always enjoyed grindy games, there needs to be a bit more of a sandbox mode at your fort and maybe a horde survival but it's entertaining.

    The only thing that jars is the need to get a lot of loot llamas, and certainly early on there's not much way to get them except with real cash.
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  • Gears of War creator Epic Games announces a new game

  • witchdrash 28/02/2017

    Looks pretty meh Reply +1
  • Escaping Skyrim's shadow

  • witchdrash 27/02/2017

    ESO isn't a bad game, it's quite fun in parts, I just couldn't get sucked in to it in the same way as the single player games. Reply +10
  • Nintendo Switch out 3rd March for £279.99

  • witchdrash 13/01/2017

    @iRuleHyrule yes and no, for me I like Nintendos games and I wouldn't mind a decent 1080p static console, but I've got bored of Nintendo trying to sell their consoles using gimmicks, if they produced a shield type static console for £150 that played all their games using normal joypads id buy it, I don't fancy paying £280 for a console who's additional cost will be the portable aspect I'd never use, when I could get an Xbox one s for less when they'd be used in the same way.

    The wiiu lumbered is with a pretty anaemic large screen controller that cost a big chunk of the initial outlay, and was in the grand scheme of things a complete waste of time and the switch is going to hit us with that again and some stupidly expensive controllers.

    Sometimes just being a nice solid basic console is a better option than some sort of kitchen sink that only a few people will use all the features of, but push up the overall cost to silly levels.
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  • witchdrash 13/01/2017

    Another Nintendo generation to skip for me, way too expensive, shame Nintendo are going down the gimmick route. Reply +5
  • Super Mario Run only playable with an internet connection

  • witchdrash 09/12/2016

    @JoelStinty having intermittent connection required for patches etc is completely different than always requiring a connection.

    Mobile gaming, is by definition on the go, and even today on the go means mobile black spots for most people

    Also for things that are online insisting on an online connection makes sense, facebook can't download your latest fake news alerts with out it. To insist on it for something that is effectively a single player game with all the data already on your phone is a different matter all together. Yes when I have no data that's when I turn to the offline stuff on my phone, mostly games, don't make those stop working at that point simply because you're frightened people will steal your game (btw people will steal this game anyway)
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  • witchdrash 09/12/2016

    So another game that the eventual pirates will actually get a better experience than those who bought it .... Reply +12
  • It didn't take long for CEX to hike the price of Call of Duty: World at War on Xbox 360

  • witchdrash 28/09/2016

    @Eldritch so I'm not the only one to enjoy CEX and Games second hand pube filled boxes... Reply -1
  • Watch: Why I'm not sticking with No Man's Sky

  • witchdrash 25/08/2016

    I agree, the. Basic summary for no mans sky for me, is the universe feels dead, each planet quickly becomes the same as you simply harvest to move on, when you realise this you lose the enjoyment of moving on because you don't actually get anything better in the next system, it may be purple and yellow rather than green and blue, but it's the same Reply +12
  • Nvidia unveils GTX 1060: $249 buys you GTX 980 power

  • witchdrash 07/07/2016

    @HotshotLemming hardly the way exchange rates are going you'll need a mortgage to buy one Reply +15
  • Sony confirms PlayStation 4K

  • witchdrash 10/06/2016

    @Simatron3000 i don't know there's an increasing number of parents who grew up with consoles, I mean my daughter is going to have to push that hard to get me to buy her the latest and greatest console, when she gets to the point beyond simply being amused by pressing controller buttons of course :) Reply 0
  • witchdrash 10/06/2016

    If this starts a 3 year tick-tock style cycle, where every 3 years a more powerful system demos, and has 6 years of life before being retired, I'm pretty happy with that, with a switch to x86 architecture there isn't the development costs in hardware there was, and 6 years is an age in graphics technology, just look of the state of the xbox 360 and ps3 at the end of their lives, they simply couldn't put a picture on screen that matched a pc that cost about the same to purchase. Reply 0
  • Here's how Overwatch's leave game penalty works

  • witchdrash 10/06/2016

    @arty I play overwatch quite a lot and I've had to leave a game once, that's because my 2 year old daughter fell over and knocked her head, every other time I've gone, do I have 15 minutes free, no, I'm not playing overwatch, not screw my team, I'm going to play for 5 minutes and bail because I don't have any sort of proper time management. Reply +5
  • Enter the Gungeon sells 200k copies in a week

  • witchdrash 13/04/2016

    @Jac try fishing it out :) Reply 0
  • witchdrash 13/04/2016

    It would have been 200,001 copies of Enter the Gungeon, but the playstation store has decided that all my payments options are invalid and sony have been as useful as a chocolate teapot floating in lava. Reply +1
  • Bully, Manhunt now available to buy on PS4

  • witchdrash 22/03/2016

    £11.99, again console shops take the piss. Ended up getting these on Steam as part of a bundle that cost about £20, and this was a few years back...

    Apart from the occasional sale the PS and Xbox stores are terrible value, and these aren't exactly changing that.
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  • I wish WOW's new demon hunters didn't have to be elves

  • witchdrash 11/11/2015

    I know Blizzard have this whole lore thing, but this isn't Lord of the Rings, where the lore is controlled elsewhere, Blizzard can come up with any old reason as to why.

    "Ok the secret order of Demon Hunters opens a recruiting stall in Stormwind and recruited a load of people after The Burning Crusade, just you hadn't noticed it before because of magic, there are now demon hunters of all races" there you go you can have that for free Blizz.
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  • Official PS4 In-ear Stereo Headset out December for £78/€90

  • witchdrash 03/11/2015


    Some houses are really expensive! Think yours is expensive now?
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  • witchdrash 03/11/2015

    Think I'll stick with my £5 Logitech USB headphones, because that sounds painfully expensive Reply +2
  • Job losses at Just Cause 3 developer Avalanche Studios

  • witchdrash 02/11/2015

    @SameerAFC actually quite often not, which is why I turned down getting in to game development, and just went in to classic business software development. (seemed a lot of hardwork and not much job stability!)

    Also when they announce these losses they're pretty much always of permanent staff, as you don't have to report ending a freelancers contract, as you're not actually making any job losses, you're simply terminating a business relationship.
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  • Tribes back catalogue now available for free

  • witchdrash 30/10/2015

    Really loved Tribes 2, took a while to get to grips with the skiing and jetpacks, but it felt much more liberating than all the other multiplayer games around at the same time. Reply +2
  • UK tabloids point the finger at Call of Duty, GTA in coverage of 15-year-old TalkTalk hacker

  • witchdrash 28/10/2015

    @SpaceMonkey77 that or TalkTalk's security was terrible, seeing as they'd been hacked twice before in the last 12 months my guess would be that this guy's just some sort of script kiddie and TalkTalk's website just rolled over when he ran "MyFirstWebsiteHacker.exe" Reply 0
  • witchdrash 28/10/2015

    @carmagain I just don't agree with you at all.

    The Daily Mail is a symptom of the intolerance of it's average reader, they are a paper of spin and sensationalism that boils stories down to simple, and often, incorrect conclusions. In this case that video games have anything to do with the story at all.

    Why do I make this generalisation, because the Daily Mail is writing stories in a way that sells papers to it's readership, which means it's readership must want stories written in this way, and it's clear that many of it's readers believe it.

    It's really really simple, I'm sorry you're too much of a bleeding heart to see it, and want to see people as snowflakes who are vastly different from each other, but that simply isn't the case. If the Mail didn't have a readership that believed this type of crap, they simply wouldn't write stories the way they do.
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  • witchdrash 28/10/2015


    Ignorance doesn't mean you're not part of a specific demographic, it just means you don't know you are.

    I never said I personally chose things that support my own personal view, but there's plenty of research that suggests most people do, which means I probably do!

    The primary demographic of the Daily Mail is:
    The Daily Mail is a tabloid that aims for a middleclass, C1-C2 demographic. It has a predominate suburban female readership. Its readership splits to 53% women and 48% men.The large female readership is due to ĎFemailí and its articles based towards women. Itís a conservative paper. It targets the over 45ís age group.

    Will there be people who read the paper outside of this yes, but that's the market it's aimed at.

    Yes people's opinions can change, but there also plenty of evidence that most people simply try to reinforce their own opinions by seeking sources (not sauces as I originally wrote.. definitely not the right word!) of information that reinforces their opinions.

    Again is every single person like that no. The thing is you can make sweeping generalisations, but you can't be nuanced.

    When I look at the Telegraph demographic I fall squarely in it (I read the telegraph) does it mean that it can say specifically everything about me, of course not, I hate watching Rugby. But it is generally accurate, and that's the point.

    Anyway, this is way way way off topic, you can label me a cold hearted cynic who doesn't see any point in this article, and you'd be right, why because I don't think it does anything other than provide the Eurogamer readership with an opportunity to punch the Mail, who don't care, because they're selling papers, mostly to a group of people who don't actually play, or give a shit about computer games!

    edit: cleared up some more english fail...
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  • witchdrash 28/10/2015

    @carmagain Do you pay to read something that doesn't fit your personal view of the world? I'd suggest very few people do that.

    It's pretty simple if you look a demographics for any paper, people who read the Telegraph fall in to particular categories, people who read the Guardian fall into another, the Daily Mail have their own segment, that basically want sensationalist headlines and simple answers to complex problems. Enough of the people who read that paper, want that sort of reporting, otherwise they'd change how they produced their stories.

    So oddly enough you can make sweeping generalisations, because that's the whole point in defining your market and specifically tailoring your content for it.
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  • witchdrash 28/10/2015

    @carmagain To a degree you're absolutely correct, but people who the read the Daily Mail do it because it fits their perspectives, undoubtedly if I gave you a list of news sites and papers I read you'd get a substantial insight into my outlook.

    All I'm saying is voicing off against the mail is pointless as they're trying to serve their segment, also the average reader doesn't want a complicated answer to their problem they want it simplified to villain of the day, this is plainly obvious from the sort of headlines the Daily Mail produces, if they didn't, they'd buy a different paper, that provides a more nuanced view.
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  • witchdrash 28/10/2015

    @carmagain Genuinely dismissing it, the sort of person who reads the Daily Mail doesn't want their views challenged, they simply want them reinforced, ultimately you can lead them to the truth, but like those who are still convinced the moon landings are a hoax you can't get them to believe.

    Plus they as a whole would like there to be a single thing to blame for everything going wrong, rather than admitting any single situation is complex with many different factors leading to a particular outcome.

    Also, ultimately, like TV, and Movies, eventually those who didn't grow up with games will die off, and there'll be something else to "worry" about, so in the long run meh.

    Edit: English failure
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  • witchdrash 28/10/2015

    @Bonders99 Actually the Daily Mail just knows it's audience, close minding idiots who simply want their own preconceptions reinforced, not challenged, the sort of people who need a large menace in their lives, whether thats Islamists, Terrorists, The Chinese, Immigrants etc etc

    You know the sort of people who don't really enjoy thinking.

    The newspaper is simply doing this because it sells papers, there's no point in getting angry at them, they just really know their market.

    Edit: Just admit it, you can't fight stupid, which is what we all want to do, but it's a pointless battle. The Daily Mail simply serves stupid.
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  • witchdrash 28/10/2015

    Let me just rewrite this entire article:

    Morning everyone the sky's still blue, water is wet, fire is hot, and the daily mail is printing complete bullshit, now back to our normal lives.
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  • Assassin's Creed: the story so far

  • witchdrash 21/10/2015

    @jetsetwillie I know what you mean, played all of them and still enjoy them, there's just an odd fun of Templar killing sprees while ambling round town.

    I think I also have something for painful over complicated stories
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  • BioShock's iPhone/iPad port no longer available

  • witchdrash 24/09/2015

    @Malek86 it doesn't work on the current version of iOS, since they're not patching it, I doubt they would want to pay the storage and bandwidth costs to to enable an ever dwindling number of people to download and use it, when it's easier to just say, it's gone, don't delete it. Reply -1
  • witchdrash 24/09/2015

    @PaulLFC They haven't, they've simply removed it from purchase or download, if you have a copy on an earlier version of iOS it works fine and will until the device dies. They're not deleting it off people's devices remotely.

    It's only recently that providers have enabled you to "re-download" anything for free. Plenty of games in the very near passed if you lost, or broke the media they were on, tough, it's a full re-purchase, and if they'd removed it from sale well bad luck you've lost that game forever.

    Being able to re-download past purchases is really handy, but I'm not sure there's anyone who was dumb enough to promise that any app would be available forever.
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  • Amazon reveals spruced up Fire TV model

  • witchdrash 18/09/2015

    There's lots of reasons I like my current Amazon Fire TV and have ordered this one too

    I can put Kodi on it
    My smart TVs have been abandoned by their manufacturers as they aren't the latest model, this includes a 4k one I bought less than a year ago
    The apps crash far less than the ones on my smart TV (as in they've never crashed on the fire, trying to run 4 on demand on my main TV feels like pissing into the wind)
    My Logitech harmony can control it over Bluetooth
    My projector doesn't have any apps so I need an external box
    I have Amazon prime
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  • GAME apologises after Super Mario Maker mix-up

  • witchdrash 09/09/2015

    @shotbyascot I know people who are paid weekly, what's wrong with them saying I have £300 need this much for bills and I'm going to spend the rest of it on whatever I want.

    I don't think it's reasonable to sit there are think I've got £50 spends but I can't spend it in case douche bag company a or g in this case, decide to empty my account by charging me 7 times!
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  • witchdrash 09/09/2015

    @ABC123XYZ unless you're a pound shop, a betting shop, a Starbucks/Costa, scum like bright house , or an over priced dinosaur serving a segment of the market that need to buy x but don't understand it (like game) the high street is basically dead. Reply +1
  • witchdrash 08/09/2015

    This is one of the companies on my list that I'd happily see go out of business, I was really disappointed when they didn't completely tank a couple of years back. They're a horrible company, I got kicked out of one of their stores for "abusing" their staff, they threatened to call the police, all because I asked if the price of a preowned game was correct (£1 more than the new one next to it) and I burst out laughing when she said it was. Reply +1
  • Jon Blyth on: Microsoft Jackpot

  • witchdrash 29/08/2015

    If I go to Vegas, which has happened a number of times! I'll play slot machines, well not since they switched to printing out tickets for winning, I like carrying buckets of cash around, but I don't play them because I get some sort of enjoyment about watching wheels spin round, it's because I get free beer and I may win quite a lot of money.

    The idea that people enjoy playing slot/fruit/whatever machines and they can't aren't actually win anything disappoints me, the fact you can sink nearly unlimited amounts of money into the one talked about in this article is genuinely staggering. Ladbrokes must be rethinking their business model "let's let people place bets and give them shiny stars when they win, it's basically the same, but we keep all the money!"
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  • The Taken King makes big changes to Destiny's weekly activities

  • witchdrash 28/08/2015

    @plankton1975 yes it makes it more challenging, but it also makes nightfall strikes feel like work, strikes are a load of fun, because you can run and leroy a room if you want, you can dance around a lot of enemies and maybe you die, maybe you don't.

    Any penalty that punishes the player, say by causing them to lose a lot of time, isn't fun, especially if the wipe isn't down to their stupidity, but is just bad luck, or as has happened to me, having the last standing guardians router reboot in a boss fight while he was coming over to pick us up, is brutally unfair, and kills an enthusiasm for a retry.

    I understand there should be grades of difficulty, and for some the all dead instant fail adds a tension they enjoy, the fact that nearly every run I've done players have taken the "easy" route suggests many are more interested in success than a "challenge".

    I would personally allow players to select the instant fail option if they want, as a modifier, even give players a cosmetic reward for it, but the nightfall buff should be behind an extra difficult strike, but not one that resets your progress if you die.
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