Hello! Welcome to the new Livetext beta test page. We'll begin at 3pm.
Hello everyone! This is going to be a test NOT ONLY of the spangly new live text system Craig has spent the last week or two developing, but also your endurance, and my capacity to talk rubbish continuously for 30 minutes. Who's excited?
Before we begin properly, I should probably introduce myself for anyone who has no idea who I am. I'm the editor of the site, which means I do things like typing reports, reducing headcount, etc.
This is a picture of me yesterday moving a washing machine with Alec Meer from GamesIndustry.biz and friend of Eurogamer Al Bickham. I'm the guy with the beard dressed as a lumberjack.
Anyway let's see what's in these comments. I can pull them in to the live feed to highlight them, you know.
Hi, Tom. I enjoyed Eurogamer's Dead Rising 2 review, but I wondered if you are aware of any reason why the reviewer, Simon Parkin, did not include any mention of key online components added to this sequel. Namely "online co-operative play" and also no mention of the online gameshow "Terror Is Reality." Both were completely omitted from the Eurogamer game review. I wanted to ask if there be another review or re-review for Dead Rising 2, which will include details of these online components in the future? Regards.
Hi livetext_beta_tester. I assume you're a long-time user. I believe the reason Simon wasn't able to talk about them in the review was because we couldn't test them before launch, but would need to check with our reviews editor Oli Welsh. I'm not sure if we're going to do a separate piece on the online elements either but that might be fun. What do you make of them?
Tom, do you like apple pies?
I do like apple pies.
I haev a question - will there be some kind of posting time limit when this goes live? Could get messy on the right hand side. Will it be moderated
There should be moderation on comments, yes. We've got a few other presentational changes we want to make too - e.g. we want to be able to pull in a question or comment from the comments feed and then reply directly under it. I also think we should make it more obvious that a comment I've pulled in from the right is from a reader - at the moment it looks a bit like you work for us!
Tom. You have the voice of an angel. When is your LP out?Can you come sing my kids to sleep?
Thank you! I find my singing is better at waking up children than putting them to sleep.
Do you sleep all night and work all day? Cut down trees, wear high heels, suspenders and a bra?
Yes and I also make efficiency savings.
I can post videos in here too you know. My example video was always likely to be this one.
I could share some cool links too I suppose. Do you like running? This article about Jure Robic, the Slovenian ultra long-distance cyclist, really inspired me to punch through that mental barrier 15 to 20 minutes into a run. Fatigue is mostly in your head. I was very sad to read that Jure died this past weekend while training. He was a great.
Tom, taking into account the obvious time and resource issues wouldn't it to great to have one of these hosted a day after each major review goes live. Hosted by the reviewer and your good self.
Interesting idea! There's lots of potential uses for them I think. One of the reasons we're reinventing them is that our current system is quite creaky and we want to be more flexible.
OMFG enough with that video already
Haven't you got some pictures to draw or something?
Here is another entirely unrelated video.
Tom: If someone really hates a review, like really really hates it, like totally hates it, like 'I hate this fucking review, it's the worst thing ever', would you give that person your home address so they can visit you and give their complaints face to face?
Only if they made the game!
It'd be good to quote stuff from the left column in the right column quickly
I like this! Craig, take note!
Lets get to the big questions.Bobby Kotick... Is it a wig?
Doubt it, but he does look a lot like Billy Crystal in that photo everyone uses of him looking like Billy Crystal.
Tom, what other sites (not necessarily gaming) do you admire?
Stuff I read daily: football365.com, planetf1.com, news.bbc.co.uk, grauniad, etc. I'm quite boring. I love Rock Paper Shotgun's Sunday Papers posts - that'll happily kill a week of lunch-hours.
The "Girls just wanna have Tom" vid is right at the bottom of the page, under the More live coverage frame.
I think that's a bug but it strikes me as a feature we should add to the site.
Tom, did you get around to getting a copy of that Kenneth Brannagh, Shakleton thing I told you about?
I think I added it to my Amazon wishlist - got a stack of important material to work through first, such as some book Christian Donlan lent me about DARPA and the rest of Entourage season 7.
Good recommendation though. Loved the book - Endurance.
Those vids are randomly floating around the page!
Noob question & late to the party. Are the comments on the right the same as asking the livetext person a question? (like when we do a livetext Q&A) Or are they just like normal article comments? And what do they look like once the livetext has finished?
1/2) Not sure technically but I guess functionally they are more like livetext Q&A. 3) When the LT finishes it waits a bit then goes chronological so people who weren't following it live can read through the log. We can also add introductions and stuff like that.
rauper got preferential treatment! Bah.
Like a boss.
Tom, is your name on that Sky Broadband list?
Are we able to have paragraphs in comments?Seems not.
Paragraphs are last-gen.
Roquefort / Brie
Oh ho, googled the Sky Broadband list thing. Comedy! Anyway don't be ridiculous - were I to acquire gentlemen's material, I would not give Sky money for it.
that's why your name's not on the Sky broadband list.
I do use Sky Player, but it's ridiculously overpriced and I'm thinking of canning it. Paying 30 quid odd a month to watch Liverpool get tonked again and again is a bit stupid.
Cheers Tom. Was just trying out daveeyre's cheese-based rating system though.Question: What are your thoughts on Facebook Connect, and is there a place for it in the EG empire?
We looked at Facebook Connect recently. There may be a place for it at some point but not immediately. In the meantime we added the Like button because it gives us promotion on Facebook which is kind of what we were after. We're also going to make it easier for writers to publish relevant updates to our Facebook channel soon, if anyone cares, as at the moment it's basically just me posting links when I remember. (You're really seeing behind the curtain today!)
Tom, did the amount of criticism EG received over the Kotick threads make you facepalm, epic style?
No not really. Like I said on the forum, I think people assume we split stories out for the wrong reason - we do it because they're individually interesting and we don't want people to miss them, whereas folks assume we do it for pageviews. Pageviews really aren't as big a deal as people imagine.
Final question from me. Tom, have you ever tried to bend a FIFA disc in frustration?
Oh man, we've lost so many FIFA discs to overuse in this office it's unreal. I'm not even lying.
That kind of sums it up! At one point with FIFA 10 I got us a replacement disc and we broke it in one day.
By the way, I'm reviewing PES at the moment (review has an 11am Friday embargo) and enjoying it way more than last year!
Hey- you quoted me out of context!Do I win something?
OK, looks like our comments database is getting hammered. More optimisations needed.
This is why we test!
massive abuse of power. I love it.
S'how I got where I am yo.
Bare knuckles who would you put your money on Tom? Schafer or Kotick?
I don't believe in gambling.
Haha, so Kotick is big enough to spawn four threads on the same day. Fair play then.
Any news on what kind of tournaments'll be occuring at EG Expo? I know you responded to me on facebook saying there will be some, but I've not seen on what exactly!
Not sure I'm allowed to say, sorry! The developer sessions are going to be awesome though. I've been talking to Tim Willits and some of the others about what they're showing and it should be brilliant fun. If you have time on the Saturday afternoon you should check out the Hello Games (Joe Danger) one too - that's going to be a riot.
I'm being told I have to stop because we're going to break the site :-) Thanks everyone! This has been lots of fun!
Are you enjoying PES more than you enjoyed last weeks game against united then Tom?
Remember the post about abuse of power and remember also that I can delete accounts.