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Blizzcon 2017 live report

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6 months ago

This is the Pokemon Go lady!
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6 months ago

@cowell :D :D
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6 months ago

I could make you a sandwich Chris!
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EA announces Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot crate and progression changes

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6 months ago

@ilmaestro Added a link to the line.

Pre-orders get The Last Jedi Heroes pack:
-Exclusive Star Wars: The Last Jedi outfits for Kylo Ren and Rey
-Instant access to six hero and starfighter epic Star Cards
-Kylo Ren: Power Reach and Solid Freeze
-Rey: Far Sight and Deep Mind
-Starfighters: Enhanced Auxiliary Power and First Order ship upgrade
-Instant access to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Millennium Falcon with updated sounds and appearance

The Elite Trooper Deluxe Edition contains:
-Early access from 14th Nov
-Upgraded versions of all four trooper classes (Officer, Assault, Heavy, Specialist)
-Four epic ability upgrades, one for each trooper class
-And then the rest of the pre-order content above
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A glimpse at the Witcher musical opening in November in Poland

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6 months ago

@Dubya I think it looks great! It's hard to get a good impression from stills and a few frames of video - you lack the whole theatrical oomph and so on
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Your fondest Obsidian game memories

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6 months ago

Thank you again for your entries everyone - particularly the people who didn't win anything but made this really quite a lovely thing to do.

Once again to those who did win: please check the email address associated with your Eurogamer account for my message.
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"I've seen people literally spend $15,000 on Mass Effect multiplayer cards"

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6 months ago

@Panzer1 I'm steering the conversation back to what the article is about.
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Bertie

6 months ago

@Panzer1 I deleted it because it was abusive. This also isn't an article about his views on race, which is a much more complicated subject. It's fine to acknowledge it - he said those things in the public domain - but this isn't the time and place to attack him for it.
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Bertie

6 months ago

@spekkeh It's long been on my mind - it's always on my mind! My impression is that with Ray and Greg and the original team there, there was more push back against EA. Probably hence why they ended up leaving - I imagine it was stressful. But the more key people the studios lose - the Mike Laidlaws, David Gaiders, etc. - the less identity and independent authority those teams have within EA as a whole. But this could be a really one-sided view of it, and it's important to realise that.
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Bertie

6 months ago

@nattydread Although, would the Mass Effect trilogy have been what it was if EA were not involved? I think that trilogy will be remembered for a very long time - it was incredibly ambitious. Then again, you could argue the ball was already rolling before EA had any sway...
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Steam Halloween, Black Friday and Winter sale dates leaked

Bertie

6 months ago

@MrTomFTW I also corroborated the dates - snap! what Wes said
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CD Projekt Red: "This approach to making games is not for everyone"

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6 months ago

@Pasco Selective quoting but of course I'm not saying anyone should exploit people, nor that anyone should be overworked and underpaid. I can't assume the reports are true, nor assume they're false.
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Bertie

6 months ago

@MattEvansC3 I don't think I entirely agree but I see where you're coming from and it's given me plenty to think about
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6 months ago

@vojtas I hear you and I think there is an element of scrutiny being lost in translation
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Bertie

6 months ago

@MattEvansC3 Who have I come down on hard for crunching before? Honestly, I can't remember.

I'm really not trying to brush this off under their culture carpet. I mentioned the human cost for precisely this reason. I spoke to some of the former staff and highlighted their angle for precisely this reason.

I don't like crunch but it's important to work out exactly what we're talking about here before making allegations. For instance, is CDPR actually forcing people to work overtime? Do we have a Rockstar's Wives situation on our hands? I don't believe we do, and yet the assumption that staff should stay later to pull their weight probably weighs as heavy all the same - but what do you do about that? At that point it's optional, albeit in a weird way.

What I mean by saying "such is life" for CDPR now is that this sort of thing is going to become more of a reality. The smaller studios can get away with working their fingers to the bone because there's more togetherness, more collaborative willing to do so, even if it is unhealthy. And heck, at the end of it all we celebrate them for it, which is an odd work-reward cycle we're stuck in. But what do we do? It's a big and complicated issue.

CD Projekt's "this is our culture" stance does irk me on the one hand but on the other, why is it not allowed that? But again, that's a whole can of worms.

Each era of CDPR has been characterised in a certain way, and they've gotten steadily less sloppy and more organised and professional. I see this period now as the newest chapter in their history - their being able to organise a ~500 person studio, and it sounds to me like they're still trying to do it in a ~250 person studio way, which is causing problems.

That's just my opinion on the matter for a comments section rather than the body of a news story, because it's conjecture. I don't know that this necessarily makes them a villain. But how they deal with it, or not, could. But given how they've dealt with things in the past I feel we should give them the benefit of the doubt - with added scrutiny of course.
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6 months ago

@wikidd Pathological? Blimey. I didn't mean it to sound like an apology but I'm not sure "ruthless exploitation" is exactly right either. I think there is a culture clash going on within CDPR and it is struggling to get everyone on the same page.
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DICE offers clarification on Star Wars: Battlefront 2's controversial crate system

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6 months ago

Lots of good comments from you - not so much from EA DICE, to put it politely.

But at least EA DICE referred specifically to the issue of loot crates. To acknowledge a problem and then do nothing about it would be an odd move.

I doubt much will change because the loot crate system seems fundamental to the game and business model, but something has to, right?

I have a lot of respect for those of you saying they love the game but won't play while these problems persist, incidentally.
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Bertie

6 months ago

@ihnm_aims Yeah, I didn't read this is a plus point at all.
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The Invisible Hours review

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6 months ago

@yurkles I was! Thanks! Sorry.
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Bertie

6 months ago

@captain-T-dawg It's worth seeing and it's worth supporting the effort but, gah, why couldn't it have been 15!
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6 months ago

@Vanmunt Good tip!
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6 months ago

@FearlessMilo A comment I'm very happy to read! I hoped the review would come across in this way.
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Bertie

6 months ago

@pooKy1979 Oh god, sorry!
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Are loot boxes gambling?

Bertie

6 months ago

@pelican_ The thing about that argument is there was no upfront 40 for the book to begin with. Opening packs was the game, so to speak. Also, they were 0.50 and I had an Ultimate Warrior shiny. But I wonder do we look more kindly on these because we took part in buying them, we validated them, we were sort of brainwashed to accept them?

Then again, put side by side with some of the things we're talking about today, they are, to my mind, much more innocent. That whole circle of friends collecting things and trading them in the playgrounds of schools, and spending time fitting our their books rather than watching TV, seems healthier than what's going on now. But then I would say that because it was my childhood.
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6 months ago

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6 months ago

@Solid_Snack It would, you're right. I've been talking about this a bit in the office and as Wes pointed out, an 18 rating for FIFA, because of random FUT packs, would be devastating. As a parent I'd be seriously wary of any game with an 18 rating and gambling warning on.
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Bertie

6 months ago

@erp I think I probably am :)
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Bertie

6 months ago

The thing is, even if loot boxes are classified as gambling, as the casinos in Vegas are gambling, it still doesn't really solve the problem. Loot boxes won't go away just as the problems in casinos haven't gone away. It may make these games harder for under-18s to get hold of (ha - as if) but how many under 18s really spend money on loot boxes anyway? They're time-rich not money-rich.

To me, the problem is exploitative design preying on human nature, on addiction and validation and belonging, that kind of thing.

Then again, an 18 rating may help these gambling aspects be cordoned off and less commonplace among games played particularly by tweens and younger.
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Star Wars Battlefront 2 has a loot crate problem

Bertie

7 months ago

@RawShark "A new NOPE" is brilliant.

Impressed with all the comments here, just thought I'd say.
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Bertie

7 months ago

@Matshelge I do mention this in the article but I should have included it in that sentence, sorry. I've added a little bit there now
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Bertie

7 months ago

@darky77 It's correct that the sort of downloadable content charged for in Battlefront 1 is free in Battlefront 2 -maps, characters and things - but I can't remember EA explicitly saying loot crates were implemented to make up for it, although, you know, it's easy enough for us to join the dots.

But I wonder: is potential loot crate income higher than potential Season Pass income? Is giving one thing for free a good way of masking the implementation of something more lucrative? I'm being cynical but, faced with this system, it's hard not to be.
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Football Manager 2018 dives into the fragile world of dressing room politics

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7 months ago

@Bludsh0t I'm not sure. I doubt it. (I'll see if I can find out.)
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The biggest Star Wars Battlefront 2 killstreaks from the beta weekend

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7 months ago

The Y-Wings just look so... odd! They're like the giraffes of Star Wars
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Star Citizen Alpha 3.0 has been released

Bertie

7 months ago

@d0x Encouraging stuff!
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PlayStation 4 firmware update 5.0 released

Bertie

7 months ago

@Yaster Dammit you're absolutely right
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Multiplayer suddenly returns to Pandemic's old Star Wars Battlefront 2

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7 months ago

@bad09 Forgot about GameRanger! Thanks
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The untold origin story of Creative Assembly

Bertie

7 months ago

@Eldritch Was the shove move in that FIFA? I think it was but I can't remember. That was my favourite
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Don't be put off by Kingdom Come: Deliverance's stiff characters

Bertie

7 months ago

Incidentally I played on a beefy PC laptop and it ran well. Sounds like 30 fps is the goal on PS4 and Xbox One although on PS4 Pro apparently frame-rate is currently already around 50.
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Rebellion's Strange Brigade is a jolly refreshing romp

Bertie

7 months ago

@Some_Call_Him_Laz No not at all, I think you know what I mean.
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Bertie

7 months ago

@digitalash Vermintide is a good reference actually. It's hard to see how deep the RPG mechanics go but I don't think especially deep. Like Jafar says, SB may not reinvent the wheel but I don't believe it has to.
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New Shadow of the Colossus remake footage on PS4 Pro

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7 months ago

@minky-kong I'm not sure. I'd hope so - I don't see why not.
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Bertie

7 months ago

If you look at the new footage next to the older game in the video below, the difference is striking
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PlayStation TGS 2017 conference live report

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7 months ago

Same character designer apparently.
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7 months ago

Voice of The Witcher Geralt
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Bertie

7 months ago

That's Doug Cockle!
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Bertie

7 months ago

Man I want his outfit!
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Bertie

7 months ago

This conference is so like the old E3 conferences before streaming and consumer audiences became a priority. It's weirdly nostalgic
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7 months ago

Is this Jurassic Park Gundam?
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7 months ago

Clever girl!
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7 months ago

That hair is unworkable in a sword fight. He needs to get a chop.
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