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Welcome Bendix, newest member of our video team

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5 months ago

@Bratterz I thought you'd left.
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Hacker known online as "Dr Mengele" sentenced to jail for World of Warcraft DDoS attack

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7 months ago

@erp Most of the DDoS attacks WOW suffers are aimed indiscriminately at the log-in servers though. Remove the videogame/hobby context and you're trying to lock millions of customers out of a paid-for tech service that was certainly still pushing the billion dollar revenue bar in 2010. In a neutral context, it doesn't really strike me as overkill.
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Video games and the power of winter

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12 months ago

Reads like a thaw.
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Arms' next Party Crash poses the ultimate question

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1 year ago

In one corner there's Ninjara - boooooooo - the grab-spamming, teleporting numpty who's favoured by unsavoury sorts when playing online.
Still salty about getting your arse handed to you the other day then @porkface ?
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Does Heroes of the Storm need saving?

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2 years ago

@Nuronv You could say Blizzard are getting a taste of the exact same problem every post-WOW MMO ran up against. You can't just take an audience because it's there.
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Metabomb is hiring a Staff Writer!

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2 years ago

@chucklepie You're not throwing your hat in the ring then?
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2 years ago

@Sicho We are moving into new games outside the Blizzard bubble.

(I also really need to change my profile bio on here!)
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Come and work at Gamer Network!

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2 years ago

@obihobson To be fair none of those things stopped me from getting a job here and keeping it the last 6 years so...
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Eurogamer readers' top 50 games of 2016

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2 years ago

@HaughtonMills Either or really. I normally queue up solo unless I'm in the office and we have some games over lunch.

The game does a nice job of "guiding" group composition in the solo queue, although you will find people being a little more coordinated in ranked Competitive Play over Quick Play.

A two tank, two support, two offense/defense setup in random is a good starting point though, and if you make that suggestion politely at the start, you'll be surprised how often people work towards filling the roles.

The game gets a lot of stick about toxicity, but a bit of pleasantness in the starting room goes a long way. Across many, many matches you'll tend to get the groups you deserve :-)
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Bedders

2 years ago

@JoelStinty 100% accessible. I would normally avoid multiplayer shooters like the plague, but Overwatch is now firmly one of my favourite all-time games.

There are certainly heroes for twitch fans, but you can be just as valuable to a team as a tank blocking damage (say Reinhardt), or as a healing support (Lucio).

If you like what you've seen and this is the only thing holding you back, then go for it - I'm quite sure you'll be pleasantly surprised.

I am now contractually obliged to mention that we have an Overwatch channel at Metabomb, and that you may find our beginner's guide very handy :-)
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After 13 years, Eve Online will become free to play

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2 years ago

LFR, ASSEMBLE!

I could get right back into this if we could get our little gang together at the weekends for cruiser roams, no sub required :-)
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EA Gamescom 2016 live report

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2 years ago

"Thank the maker for EA, who's still willing to put on a show while others shy away..."
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Microsoft E3 2016 conference live report

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3 years ago

And one more thing....IllumiRoom!
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Overwatch guide

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3 years ago

@mechanicalfrog Well, seeing as you mention it....https://www.the100.io/overwatch :-)
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3 years ago

@technotica Alas, yes :-(
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3 years ago

@technotica It goes live at 4pm today Blizzard time, which is midnight UK tonight.
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Here's help with finding the perfect Overwatch group

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3 years ago

@Jimjamyaha Guilty as charged! I am a sucker for Blizzard games, and I set up MetaBomb to follow those passions :-)

I never would have dreamt we'd get this far to be honest, so I'll dream bigger and say one day we'll branch out!
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What would you uninvent about modern games?

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3 years ago

I didn't have time to contribute fast travel to this article, but fast travel is what it would have been.
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Why Hearthstone's Wild mode won't be a graveyard for excess

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3 years ago

@Bludsh0t Yeah that's my mistake, changed the second mention of it to Keeper for who knows what reason. Thanks for the spot!
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10 days after launch, Street Fighter 5 online play is much improved

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3 years ago

I've put time into the game this week
A lot of time. He's been extremely thorough...
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XCOM 2 guide

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3 years ago

@plysovej_kaktus By its nature it is less of a spoiler minefield than our walkthroughs but it depends very much on your personal threshold for things being spoiled.

It takes a fairly broad view of how systems work rather than, say, how to deal with specific story challenges or anything like that.
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GCHQ releases Picross-like puzzle to the public

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3 years ago

@peterfletcher Oh God...
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Watch Fallout 4 pit 30k Deathclaws against 300 Brotherhood of Steel soldiers

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3 years ago

The surprise C&C soundtrack part of this made my day and it's not even 8am yet.
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Xbox 360 at 10: Geometry Wars and the doors of perception

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3 years ago

@SuperShinobi The graphics of the second one have actually stood the test of time remarkably well too. I would do anything for a remake of it:



I was watching another video earlier with that white Porsche in it (can't remember the exact name). Trying to control the back-end of that thing was one of my favourite things about the game, and you could dominate the leaderboards if you mastered it.
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3 years ago

@benptooey I never really took to the sequels and the new game modes they introduced, but Dimensions really won me over after a long time of putting my prejudice aside.

The sheer variety of modes and board shapes makes the leaderboard aspect much more enjoyable to me - you want to beat your friends on every level of every type. You can't just be good at one and claim you're the best player :-)
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3 years ago

@pyper777 In my first version of this I wrote December and then doubted myself because I knew I had scuttled to the shops for my release day pre-order, but couldn't marry that up with the global November release. I'd forgotten that MS broadened the window a little in the UK - thanks for the clarification.
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3 years ago

@LSi01 I once played this on a friend's 360 to rattle off the Achievements for them, and ended up setting what came to be a new high score for a while. This same leaderboard result was used down the line as proof that they were better than me at the game.
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Discovering Hearthstone's League of Explorers

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3 years ago

@kimchibaka We normally do - and should have here - I'll pop it in now. Please do visit us (metabomb.net) and get stuck in.

We've got some really interesting new stuff coming in the next month or so, and the more people get stuck into it, the better it'll do! I'll put a post in the forums when it's live I expect.
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3 years ago

You're both quite right and I've tweaked the explanation to make sure that's clear. Thank you for letting me know.
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Microsoft is chucking snow at people strung up on a billboard to promote Tomb Raider

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3 years ago

I hope the Tomb Raider-themed travel prize for this is a weekend pass for Wookey Hole.
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Titan's soul: a day with Overwatch

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3 years ago

@bigbadbeasty It's funny, Overwatch has bitten me far more than Heroes of the Storm managed to and I think it's going to be a big hit. I haven't played huge amounts of TF2 though, which probably helps.

As usual with Blizzard I think it'll come down to how much of the wider untapped audience they can ease into the game.

Edit - yep, that was meant to be at you!
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Overwatch closed beta begins this month (in the Americas)

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3 years ago

@KanePaws Bravo!
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How a single tweak takes down Hearthstone's most powerful deck

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3 years ago

@monkeighy I've only played a little of MTG, but I think I know what you're talking about. In Hearthstone though, a player's turn is theirs and theirs alone.

It's more a question of taking it in turns to present the other player with a puzzle to solve, which they then expand upon and hand back to you.
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3 years ago

@Duffking My first reaction to Secrets Paladin was that it was an absolute monstrosity. I still don't like playing either with the deck or against it, but I've sort of grudgingly learned to neutralise the threats as efficiently as possible.

I still think it's anti-fun - and unimaginably unfriendly for new players to encounter - but I don't find it as self-evidently overpowered as it seemed at first. I do think Mysterious Challenger represents too much value though, and could use some kind of reworking.
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3 years ago

@tennocyte It's the biggest change made to a game played by millions of people - just not you - for perhaps the entire year. There are plenty of huge franchises out there, played by countless other millions, and which leave me entirely cold and totally unable to fathom their appeal.

Like most people though, I recognise that they are played and loved by that massive audience regardless, and it would be narcissistic in the extreme for me to expect those people to be denied coverage because of my own foibles and biases.
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The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone walkthrough and guide

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3 years ago

@geeza2020 I think it only seems a bit weird because reviews are such a defining part of our history and guides are a) a relatively new addition to the site and b) comparatively infrequent, and so harder to establish as a part of our identity. DLC's one thing but typically these guides are massive undertakings and so you don't see them as much.

In an ideal world we prefer to run reviews and guides at the same time, but sometimes the best laid plans and all that don't quite work out - as in this case. While we don't believe in reviews-in-progress, I see no harm in a guide-in-progress because people are gradually playing through the game themselves, and don't necessarily need the entire thing from day one.

This leads on to another unavoidable aspect of guides which is that by definition they are most relevant and useful when the majority of people are most engaged with a game - and that's right at launch, followed by a decline in interest which only differs in degrees between individual games.

We sometimes see comments from readers who can't understand why we would publish a guide on the day of release. Well, from the perspective of our wider audience, that's the most logical time to publish a guide! Different people get stuck in different places, for different reasons and have different demands on their time and abilities.

It's from here that the discussion tends to evolve towards unpleasant undertones of worthy and unworthy gamers which I think speaks rather badly of us all, but I'm going to stop here because this is me wildly extrapolating from your original point! I'm not attaching that line of thinking to you, I'm just speculating on a wider part of the general discussion around these things.

My general philosophy is that our guides content needs to be of the highest possible quality, just as we want our reviews to be the best critical insight out there. Sometimes guides get delayed, and sometimes reviews get delayed, but there's no real reason to hold one back over the other.

Hope that explains my thoughts on the whys and hows of what we want to achieve with guides.
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Armikrog review

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3 years ago

Hello. If there's a typo in the article it's because of me not Richard so apologies for that - it's been corrected.

In the grander scheme of the, ah, debate taking place though I think most of us would call this clutching at straws in the extreme. I don't believe there's a writer more qualified than Richard to write this review and I'm very glad he did it for us.
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Death Ray Manta SE review

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3 years ago

@Genius Thanks for stopping by to share those keys, that's a really nice gesture.
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3 years ago

@riceNpea My fault this one, adding now. You should see it pop up in a mo.

PC and Mac
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Watch: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 is a bit of a glitchy mess

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3 years ago

GOTY
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League of Legends team owner embroiled in drug price hike controversy

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3 years ago

@TheRealBadabing It's a very complex problem that if you genuinely want to resolve requires a complete overhaul of how new medicines are researched and developed, and how that work is funded.

It requires a huge amount of motivation and if you hand that quest for motivation over to private companies, it's pretty obvious where they're going to get it from.
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Destiny: The Taken King guide

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3 years ago

@avoidconfusion Go to the postmaster and it'll be added to your inventory.
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3 years ago

@Bludsh0t The raid's only just come out. We didn't think it would make sense to review the game until we'd sampled such a significant element.
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Bedders

3 years ago

@Dizzy Pretty useless under the circumstances I'd say.
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Bedders

3 years ago

Also, we're hoping to have the PVP part of the guide live very early on Monday with the raid content coming soon too. Our man on the ground Paul is gamely doing battle night and day to get this guide put together and deserves a special nod of appreciation.
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3 years ago

@jabberwocky It's taken me that long to do about four of them to be honest, but I'm pretty terrible at the game.
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Borderlands fans get married during Gearbox PAX panel

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3 years ago

I've added the comma :-)

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EA Gamescom 2015 conference

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3 years ago

Tom Phillips is actually weeping right now.
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3 years ago

Real time....composting?
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New World of Warcraft expansion to be revealed next week

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3 years ago

@crestedzulu I've given myself a final written warning.
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