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  • David Cage and Quantic Dream "shocked" by allegations of unhealthy studio culture

  • zegerman1942 15/01/2018

    "You want to talk about homophobia?" he said. "I work with Ellen Page, who fights for LGBT rights. You want to talk about racism? I work with Jesse Williams, who fights for civil rights in the USA... Judge me by my work."
    Well to be fair working with people who fight for equal rights of minorities etc. does not mean you have to subscribe to the same views or hold the same values. Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein "worked" with a lot of women who support LGBT and civil rights....

    AS a developer, reading this article does not really surprise me. Though it's best to be careful to over-blowing some stuff for the sake of sensationalist journalism and witch hunts. In a studio where 83% of the staff are male, I would expect the tone to be probably more male dominated. Is that ok? not necessarily, but it's also no big surprise and won't change until more female developers join our ranks.

    That Cage is a narcissistic slaver is also not really news. He only cares about himself and telling his story, he does not even care about the gamer (the one who buys his stuff) - so why should we expect he cares for his staff. I have met a few people who worked with/for him and it's not secret in the industry as to how he operates. As long as he gets critical (read: games press) acclaim though, Sony will keep funding him and he won't see a need to change.

    He represents the old school approach to making games. Fortunately there are not that man dinosaurs like him left in the industry (still a few though).
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  • No, 2018's Battlefield game isn't Bad Company 3

  • zegerman1942 15/12/2017

    I really hope DICE LA are not doing bad company 3. none of their games really captured the essence of Battlefield and Bad Company 2 was probably one of the best games in the series - so it would be great if it's done in the core studio. Reply +1
  • Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus' "free trial" is available now on consoles and PC

  • zegerman1942 24/11/2017

    @mega-gazz I don't disagree with you. As I said, i think it's perfectly fine to have a "play once" experience. The things you list (genre popularity, fatigue, competitor launches) - are absolutely spot on. But that's what you have a big publisher like Bethesda for - they should be doing business intelligence and assess all that.

    All i am saying is that Wolfenstein needed more than it has, to be successful and they should have known that. One of the easiest options would have been a multiplayer (potentially done by a different studio, as is common these days) - i think the additional investment would have allowed machinegames to keep focusing on the single player, but add a lot of value (and long term engagement options) for players. Another option would have been a divergent story - where player choice matters.

    At the end of the day it is about at least breaking even - that allows devs to keep making games.
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  • zegerman1942 23/11/2017

    @mega-gazz that is true - and there is nothing wrong with it. But if that's "all" you deliver in game, it's got to be pretty damn good, because competition is tough. The fact that after less than 4 weeks the game is at half price (and it's sold 60% less in the first week than the last game in the series), shows that it does not resonate as well with players.

    At the end it all boils down to budget of a game. You can make ANY game you want, as long as you (roughly) know how many copies you sell - so you can at least break even (and continue making more games). If your budget is bigger, you need to sell more copies (at full price) - and in order to achieve that, you need to find more ways of engaging the player in a meaningful way.

    My guess is the budget for Wolfenstein will require them to sell at least 4 to 5 million copies to break even (development costs and marketing) - dropping out of the top 10 after 2 weeks and having to cut prices this early, will suggest 2 million sales tops. Which would mean that the game does not make a profit. Which might mean we don't get a 3rd game - and that would suck. So TLDR: if you want to make single player story games in a weird (but wonderful) setting, make sure your budget does not exceed expected sales.
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  • zegerman1942 23/11/2017

    4 weeks after launch: 50% price cut and a free trial to hopefully entice purchases. Shame, it's a solid game, but it's clear it has nothing to offer beyond playing it through once. Reply -4
  • How Fable Fortune survived the death of Lionhead

  • zegerman1942 16/11/2017

    With between 2 and 30 players online in the last week, it's incredibly dull to play it - you end up playing the same thing over and over again. Should have been F2P from the start to try and maximise audience. Reply -2
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2's free The Last Jedi DLC gets a release date

  • zegerman1942 10/11/2017

    "These are not the loot boxes you are looking for..." - HEY LOOK! DLC!! Now stop looking at our money grab... Reply +1
  • The price and state of Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot crates at launch

  • zegerman1942 10/11/2017

    Absolutely madness really. This sort of system would be acceptable in a F2P game, but even then it might be considered on the harsh side (selling effectively power in a PvP game is frowned upon and thin ice).

    But to do this in a boxed product, charging 60 USD for the game, is incredible.

    For many players the price of a boxed game is still a lot. If they can then not be the best in a PvP battle because others spend more money (and get cards that delay lock-on for example), is simply shocking.

    Once upon a time DICE cared more about players than most companies. Battlefield 2, Bad Company 2 and a few other titles.

    Using this new system in Battlefront is a masterstroke though. If they had done it in a Battlefield title, that could have sunk the franchise. But doing it in a Star Wars game, which will automatically sell millions of copies purely based on the license, is clever.

    Battlefront 1 has sold a lot, but does not have a long tail and support as Battlefield games do.

    Many players attracted to Battlefront are not the usual skilled/time investing multiplayer fans - they are exactly the kind of people who might not mind spending another 100 quid to get an advantage in multiplayer.

    So DICE/EA have selected the right product to test run and also to maximize the money they can suck out of people. It would probably not work in any other franchise.

    What a horrible way to treat players and fans though.
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  • David Cage on Detroit and its depiction of domestic violence

  • zegerman1942 03/11/2017

    @dft313 I can't really disagree with you :) All I am saying is that even shit stories have some people who enjoy them for some reason :) Reply +1
  • zegerman1942 02/11/2017

    @dft313 That might well be the case - personally I don't want to judge that, as some people will like it and others don't (just as some people liked Batman vs. Superman and some people didn't). To me, as a gamer and developer, it's all about the players - satisfying them is fare more important to just telling "my story". Reply 0
  • zegerman1942 01/11/2017

    A failed film-maker using the medium of games to try and make a point. There are a few of those, and they don't care about the player, they care about "telling their story" - that's what he does.

    Cage never cared about the player, but that's ok - all formats of games can (and should) exist. Some people naturally will like what he does, others won't. He has carved out a niche for himself and he is the king in that niche. Fortunately there are plenty of developers and games out there that care about the players, for me to dive into :)
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  • In Call of Duty: WW2, loot boxes drop from the sky onto Normandy beach and open in front of other players

  • zegerman1942 02/11/2017

    @mega-gazz You raise a fair point Mega. If the system is purely based on purchase (i.e. you can't get loot boxes through in game mechanics), then it indeed is aimed purely at artificially raising sales. For a full price game that is shady to say the least. Personally I have not seen the mechanic in game, so I can't pass judgement yet. All i have seen is reports here and there and a few in game videos/gifs - until I play it and see it for myself, i don't want to fully make a judgement call, whether it's evil or not.

    With regards to psychologists and analysts: this is not really new information.

    I am a developer myself and one of my key interests is player motivation - the psychological aspect behind games. Why do we play some games longer than others, what makes us stick with some titles and mechanics but others we drop quickly - that sort of thing.

    Almost every developer these days uses analytics and psychology to tune their game. We use User Testing, User Experience Labs, Closed Alpha testing and we do use psychology to help us create games that motivate players and emotionally touch them (in many different ways).

    There is a great book i can recommend to anyone who is interested in this sort of thing. It's called "Glued to games" - you can get it on amazon, and excerpts can be found on the web as well.

    Loot boxes themselves work (as does loot in WoW - your example of getting a boss drop is spot on) - but they are "short-term" motivators - they give you a quick boost, that fades quickly as well. There are far better methods (psychologically speaking) to motivate players for longer.
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  • zegerman1942 01/11/2017

    @TimmishMcgraw No that's a good point Timmish. It does not ask you for cash to loot corpses. Destiny does offer Bright Engrams for silver (which you purchase with cash).

    I honestly don't know how CoD works yet, the game is not out and I have only read bits and pieces here and there. Can you earn loot boxes in game or are they only purchasable?
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  • zegerman1942 01/11/2017

    @superdmonkey Agreed with you mostly - i think a lot of comments are just poking fun, what I feel is worse is the tone of the original article, as it is clearly intended to stoke the flames so to speak. I think it is totally OK to highlight any systems (including loot boxes) that take advantage of players and that are inherently wrong, but right now there simply is a lot of articles on loot boxes, even on games (such as this) that have not been released. So it feels like people are jumping on a bandwagon and tar every implementation with the same brush. Reply -1
  • zegerman1942 01/11/2017

    " just like they did in World War 2" - I love the fact that every single games journalist (and gamer) conveniently ignore inconsistency between games and reality (health points, ammo pick-ups, lives, minimap, objective markers, endless supply of ammunition, endless number of enemies) but when it's on a topic that's currently contentious, all of a sudden there is an outcry for realism.

    It happens in the game hub, a well established beachhead. It's interactive, looks to be well implemented, and gives cosmetic and in-game rewards only. Not only that but other players can see it and, from what I have seen in other sources, nearby players can actually benefit.

    Loot boxes are not inherently bad. Quite the contrary, they scratch a lot of human psychological itches. They have been used for decades (every corpse in WoW is a loot box) and people enjoy the excitement and anticipation, and they love it if they get something rare. Every single engram in Destiny is a loot box. As a gamer and a developer, I think they are a great mechanic if done right, and just because a handful of games exist where they are done completely wrong, does not mean we should have a crusade against them and need 200 articles a week on them.
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  • Eve Online dev CCP ditches virtual reality development

  • zegerman1942 31/10/2017

    How do we have 10 page articles whenever a game developer farts, but when 2 studios are in peril we get a tiny piece. This is incredibly sad news, not just for the studios involved (and the 100 staff affected) but for VR overall. CCP was a major player in the new tech, putting a lot of money and weight behind it and creating probably one of the best VR experiences early on.

    For them to pull out, is a massive step.
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  • Interview with the video game whale

  • zegerman1942 25/10/2017

    25 USD a month is not a whale. That is more like a dolphin (in industry terms). Reply +9
  • EA has shut down Visceral Games

  • zegerman1942 18/10/2017

    When companies don't see people as the true wealth and asset, this happens. "Pivoting" a studio won't make the game better or more successful - it just means a lot of people are out of a job. Everyone at EA knows their job is not secure, if a project does not perform, a studio gets cut - this does not make for a happy work environment where creative people thrive and are at their best.

    Such a shame about Visceral. Some great games came out of there and some great talent will have to find a new home.
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  • Raid: World War 2 sounds a lot like Payday set during World War 2

  • zegerman1942 10/08/2017

    Was anyone else expecting anything more original from that studio? Reply 0
  • Sniper Elite studio announces 1930s supernatural adventure Strange Brigade

  • zegerman1942 08/06/2017

    This is quite possibly one of the worst announce trailers I have ever seen. In the run up to E3 as well.

    It's all over the shop and the VO in particular is far too fast paced and sounds off.

    This says nothing about the game, could be fun and definitely look forward to seeing more, but as an announce trailer it's disappointing.
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  • Mass Effect Andromeda patch makes Jaal bi

  • zegerman1942 07/06/2017

    The character changes to me just show how immature our industry at times still can be. Some of the characters in Andromeda clearly were written to please a certain crowd, "force" diversity and say "hey! we care about everyone" - and that's totally fine. I am all for more diverse characters in games, and won't ever complain about it. If they are done well.

    The problem with writing something or creating something for the sake of doing it, just to fill a quota, is that they lack authenticity and depth. They are not well thought out and their gender/orientation/race is almost added as an afterthought.

    Imagine if this would have been a film or book and it would not possible to just patch it.

    When we create characters and story in our games, we truly need to think about them from the ground up and ensure they are the right character for the part. Patching afterwards, changing the experience, is a cheap and lazy option.
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  • Anita Sarkeesian brings Tropes vs. Women in Video Games to a close

  • zegerman1942 28/04/2017

    I do like the fact that everyone who disagrees with Sarkeesian is branded a misogynist and is harassing her. There have been a lot of good counter videos, clearly showing her bias and poor research.

    Yep, she had a couple of good points. But by en large her work is one of select examples, completely ignoring the vast majority of video games out there, simply to push a very specific agenda. An agenda which, in the current climate, catapulted her to fame and brings in a lot of money.

    A very good counter series is done by Troy Leavitt. Seriously worth watching. Unfortunately it won't really change any hardcore minds, but he has actually done proper research (and he is a developer, so actually has insights from years in the industry).
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  • Alien: Isolation 2 rumour isn't true

  • zegerman1942 27/04/2017

    @pelican_ That I can totally agree with. There might well be other considerations as to why no sequel will be made.

    But look at it the other way around. If it would have been any kinds of financial success (i.e. say it sold 4 to 5 million copies), there would definitely be a sequel (cause that's how publishers think a lot of the time). Whether that would have been a good game/the right move, is another question.
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  • zegerman1942 26/04/2017

    @SupremeAC Yeah 15 or 20 years ago maybe (unfortunately). 600.000 copies (at full retail prices) will mean less than 10 million GBP for publisher/developer - that's about 2 years of development time for a team of 60 to 80 people. My guess is Isolation was at least 3 to 4 years of dev time and had a good marketing budget as well. Reply +2
  • zegerman1942 26/04/2017

    @pelican_ from what I could find the game shipped about 2.3 million copies. In late January 2015 they tweeted to have reached 1 million sales (4 months after launch) - so between then and now they sold another 1.3 million in 2+ years (many of these copies will have been super cheap or even free as bundles).

    Typically (after you take away retail cuts, fees to platform holders and other distribution costs), it takes about 3 to 4 million copies for most "normal sized" (i.e. read: none CoD, GTA etc.) AAA titles to break even. There are exceptions, but a total lack of celebrating the game post the "we sold a million copies", combined with the poor showing in the US, leads me to believe that Isolation was not an exception and that they did not break even.

    Of course a lot of it is assumption, but it's based on a lot of experience in the industry.
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  • zegerman1942 26/04/2017

    @SupremeAC It definitely was a AAA title, don't know the exact number of people who worked on it, but it was a full size team at Creative Assembly. It also had decent marketing behind it from Sega. It took the game more than 4 months to sell a million copies (in fact it sold slower than the horrible Gearbox Title). A chunk of the copies sold beyond the 1 million mark were sold at less than full price.

    My estimate would be that the game would have needed to sell about 3 to 4 million copies at full price to break even and be slightly profitable. In that case it would have made a sequel worth it. (this is my experience from similar scale projects/titles).

    It's got nothing to do with the quality of the game or how people liked it. It's not an attack on anyone who liked the game. It's just (sad) commercial reality.

    It completely bombed (and reviewed badly) in the US and that's despite having one of the most iconic franchises.
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  • zegerman1942 26/04/2017

    Considering the game was a commercial flop, I would be very surprised to see a sequel ever appearing. Maybe 10 years from now someone will do a kickstarter. Reply -4
  • Mass Effect Andromeda and the quest for great facial animation

  • zegerman1942 29/03/2017

    The article is spot on. Working in the industry I can attest to the amount of work that goes into games such as this.
    Having said that, what is striking is that previous mass effect titles actually produced higher quality than the current one. That's why it stands out.
    Poor choice of tech maybe, a new (inexperienced) studio on top of that (not inexperienced people, but a studio/team that has not released a mass effect game). Working on a loved and well known (if not well selling) franchise - all that added pressure on top.

    Reality is, they should have seen that the quality was below a certain standard and should have either canned the game or given it even more time to get it right. As it is, the game will probably end the franchise and quite possibly the studio.
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  • Mass Effect Andromeda is another failure for trans representation

  • zegerman1942 28/03/2017

    Damned if you do, damned if you don't it seems.

    But this is what happens when you try to please everyone, including SJW and write characters for the sake of writing them, instead of writing characters because they are needed and well thought out.
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  • Mass Effect: Andromeda review

  • zegerman1942 20/03/2017

    This can happen when you get a new team to take on the reigns of a franchise. To be fair, Mass Effect (while reviewing well) as never really sold incredibly well - so it was surprising to get a sequel in the first place.

    My guess is the studio will be closed within a year (depending on DLC contracts).

    It is super interesting to see that almost every games news outlet has been going on and on and on about Andromeda, hyping it up - in all the time playing it during the early phases, nobody went "hrmm actually this is not that good?" Why is that?
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  • Ion, the space survival game by Dean Hall and Improbable, is dead

  • zegerman1942 07/03/2017

    What went wrong? Dean Hall's ego and fame is what went wrong. Too much hype around one guy, instead of doing a game like this proper studio with a proper team. He might have pulled of DayZ (barely) but he is not a team player and just because he launched one title (or sorts) does not mean he can handle full on game development of a full scale project. Reply +1
  • Hearthstone's next expansion Journey to Un'Goro detailed

  • zegerman1942 28/02/2017

    Some great ideas and concepts. Problem is: with the current tempo of the game, quest cards will never see play and some adapt cards might be too slow.

    Blizzard keeps putting in some great cards/mechanics to support a slower meta, but reality is that games end before turn 9 most of the time.

    Adapt can be fun in Arena though i think.
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  • BioShock creator Ken Levine reveals new studio Ghost Story

  • zegerman1942 24/02/2017

    So it will be like a Bioshock game in all but name. He is a bit of a one trick pony. Also slightly worrying if it took them 3 years to get to a position of only now hiring key positions such as game designers. Reply -13
  • Morrowind expansion revealed for The Elder Scrolls Online

  • zegerman1942 01/02/2017

    Fantastic looking trailer. Curious to see more about the game. Might be time to head back into the game after a while :) Reply 0
  • Punching Nazis

  • zegerman1942 28/01/2017

    It would be great if Eurogamer would be less political (and clearly biased) and more concentrated about games.

    Games are meant to be entertainment and, for brief moments, make us forget about the every day world. The Trump related stories are everywhere. Do we have to have them here as well? And if we do, it would be great if they were written by someone who has a background in political journalism.
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  • Come and work at Gamer Network!

  • zegerman1942 18/01/2017

    All you need is the capability to write lame puns. Reply +21
  • Writing Lara Croft

  • zegerman1942 17/01/2017

    @anthonyhillman I think she is a great writer in her own right. Had the pleasure to hear her give a talk in London a while back and I think she is probably one of the best writers we have in the industry at the moment. Fully agree with you mate. Reply +1
  • Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford fights fires over lack of Bulletstorm upgrade discount

  • zegerman1942 07/12/2016

    Shame. loved the game, would have liked to pick it up again, but not at full price. Reply +3
  • Mass Effect Andromeda developers reassure fans after trailer sparks animation concerns

  • zegerman1942 02/12/2016

    I am slightly more worried about the UI rather than animation. It looks incredibly cluttered compared to previous mass effect titles. Reply +2
  • I'm still searching for the SSX in Steep, but there's one thing it absolutely nails

  • zegerman1942 23/11/2016

    @Naetharu Thanks for the long reply mate! As ChrisF has pointed out, you missed my point. I was being tongue in cheek. Read some of my comments after the original (not too far down from the top) and you'll see what I meant :) Reply 0
  • zegerman1942 22/11/2016

    @chrisf I know right! :) Reply 0
  • zegerman1942 22/11/2016

    @RustyBullet in the end we got there :) well played Sir ;) Reply +1
  • zegerman1942 22/11/2016

    @RustyBullet I could not care less about negs to be honest, particularly not if they come from people who failed to understand the humor and just jumped to conclusions. I definitely do not feel the need to be validated by a like/dislike mechanic on a gaming website. The only issues I have are with your mum, she won't stop calling! (Joke) ;) Reply +3
  • zegerman1942 22/11/2016

    @RustyBullet Sorry to have to spell it out for you, but I was being sarcastic. I find it hilarious that Eurogamer likes to fly the "sexism" flag whenever a game does something even remotely offensive, but here we are, one of their own painting dicks in the snow and putting it up on a video. Reply +1
  • zegerman1942 21/11/2016

    I find the drawing of a penis in the snow and showing the video of this extremely offensive Eurogamer. It is sexist in the extreme to have male genitalia used in such a low form for entertainment. Knowing you are normally really good on equality and censoring everything that even remotely smells of sexism, I am extremely disappointed to see this video appear. Reply -18
  • Peter Molyneux released a new game today

  • zegerman1942 04/11/2016

    Is this now the last game he will ever make or will there be another last game he will ever make? Reply 0
  • Battlefield designer reveals promising-looking Viking monster game

  • zegerman1942 02/11/2016

    It's impressive to see how quickly you are made to care for the creature
    Really? Was that part of the press release or do you really care for an imaginary creature after 30 seconds? :)

    This looks interesting. Visually stunning, love the viking take and language. Though the premise is hardly a twist - a lot of games feature an antagonist that's outnumbered and fighting against evil and oppression (it would be different if the Vikings are the good guys and the player creature the bad guy!).

    Lots of potential for interesting gameplay, so look forward to seeing more in the future!
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  • zegerman1942 02/11/2016

    It's impressive to see how quickly you are made to care for the creature
    Really? Was that part of the press release or do you really care for an imaginary creature after 30 seconds? :)

    This looks interesting. Visually stunning, love the viking take and language. Though the premise is hardly a twist - a lot of games feature an antagonist that's outnumbered and fighting against evil and oppression (it would be different if the Vikings are the good guys and the player creature the bad guy!).

    Lots of potential for interesting gameplay, so look forward to seeing more in the future!
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  • Watch: 7 things we want from Shadow of the Tomb Raider

  • zegerman1942 02/11/2016

    1. She mostly gets hurt when you fuck up in the game (spikes, wolfs, mountains etc. are all fail states of gameplay)
    2. The last tomb raider had some rather large open world-ish areas where you could run and explore at your own pace

    Can't actually be bothered with the rest of your points. We are no longer in the 90s and nothing stops you from going back to play the original games. It's ok for a franchise to move forward and address a younger, newer, audience.
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  • Official Battlefield account pulls insensitive tweets after outcry over #justWWIthings

  • zegerman1942 01/11/2016

    Who the fuck is Alex Hern? Reply +2