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Writer Drew Karpyshyn leaves BioWare for a second time

DanWhitehead

1 month ago

Sounds a bit like the Telltale style of episodic story games. But which Fox IP will it be? Something Alien related? Something Simpsons? Something, um, Home Alone?
Planet of the Apes?
Die Hard?
Predator?
Predator Dies Hard on the Planet of the Apes?
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Peter Molyneux's The Trail out on Nintendo Switch

DanWhitehead

2 months ago

22cans is working on a new game that is expected to be revealed later this year.
Meanwhile, Godus is still available to buy in Early Access but hasn't been updated since 2015.
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Adorable PSVR platformer Moss finally unearths release date

DanWhitehead

2 months ago

Main character looks nothing like Richard Ayoade. Apart from that, I'm in.
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Everything I learned about game design last year I learned from Dead by Daylight

DanWhitehead

3 months ago

In regard to "gaming as acting", this was one of the things I loved about the multiplayer hacking "invasions" in Watch Dogs 2. Because the other player sees you as an NPC, success often came from being able to "perform" as a scripted character. It was fascinating to learn the kinds of movements that give a character away as being controlled by another human, and also learning how to suppress those movements and instead mimic an AI when being hunted yourself. It was amazing how many of those bouts I was able to win while standing in plain sight, just by being good at pretending to be fake.
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Sandcastles: Vectorpark's beautiful hymn to impermanence

DanWhitehead

4 months ago

I like that you can hold on to a sandcastle, stopping it from washing away, but eventually you have to let go of it. Or, I guess you could spend the rest of your life with one finger on an iPad screen.
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Here are 15 video game movies to watch this Christmas

DanWhitehead

4 months ago

Sean Bean doesn't actually end up in Silent Hill in the movie. He spends the entire film at home, wondering where his wife and daughter are. Legend has it that his character was only added in after the studio refused to fund a video game horror movie with only female characters. Not sure how true that is, but considering how little impact he has on the plot it's definitely plausible.
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A day in the life of an independent video game store

DanWhitehead

4 months ago

@Sharz "On a few occasions I asked about a game and was told £45 while it was £15 on Amazon. I want to support local business but simply can't with that sort of mark up."

To be fair to the shop, that almost certainly wasn't a mark up. Amazon can sell practically new games for £20 or less because it buys thousands of the things, and shovels them out of the door as part of a massive retail universe. The small indie shop probably had to pay close to full price just to have a few copies on the shelf.
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GTFO is a co-op shooter with an Aliens vibe

DanWhitehead

4 months ago

Finally! A first-person shooter inspired by Aliens! Who says there are no original ideas left?
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Humvee suing Activision over Call of Duty

DanWhitehead

5 months ago

"They're also games that aimed to portray real world military units with real world military equipment, so there's a certain amount of fair-use here, even if it is a work of fiction."

That's not how Fair Use works though. You can't just say "I want to tell a story that features copyrighted things, so therefore I'm allowed to use those copyrighted things". Fair Use only allows a reasonable portion of a copyrighted work for criticism, education or parody of that work. I'm not even sure Fair Use would apply anyway, since this suit is about trademark infringement (ie they have copied a commercial design) not copyright (which is automatically assigned to any creative work).
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Mario Odyssey encourages curiosity - and what higher praise is there?

DanWhitehead

6 months ago

Also, those concertina bugs gave me mad Noby Noby Boy flashbacks.
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DanWhitehead

6 months ago

What I love about Odyssey's structure is that it has clearly been designed to subtly showcase the Switch's unique feature. I can happily spend hours playing it on the TV, then pop it in my bag and pick up a few more Moons during my 20 minute train commute - and the game rewards both ways of playing. When the Switch was announced, I didn't really see the point in a console that was both TV-and-handheld but with Odyssey I got it straight away. And every time I do it, I'm still delighted at the idea I can take a game this lovely on the go, with so little effort.
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Ridiculously charming wooden train set simulator Tracks just got a lovely new nighttime update

DanWhitehead

6 months ago

"picking up passengers and yanking your whistle"

Disgusting.
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Freddy Krueger comes to Dead by Daylight

DanWhitehead

6 months ago

Boo for using the crappy remake version. Englund or nothing!
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Mario was punching Yoshi in the head in Super Mario World

DanWhitehead

7 months ago

Not surprising. Don't forget that the canonical backstory for the original Donkey Kong is that DK was Mario's pet, but he was "mistreated" and kidnapped Mario's girlfriend in revenge.
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PewDiePie apologises for racial slur

DanWhitehead

7 months ago

It was something I said in the heat of the moment. I said the worst word I could possibly think of.
Well, which is it? You can't claim to have said something "in the heat of the moment" and then also claim that you took the time to think of the "worst word" to use. Either you deliberately used a racist term for effect, or a racist term is something that unconsciously springs to your mind in a split second. Just admit that you think racism is funny and you like using it to further your career. You'll still be a massive bell-end, but at least you'll be an honest one.
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Friday the 13th patch slays team killing

DanWhitehead

8 months ago

@GuiltySpark Yeah, I've had too many of those. I think it's down to players being frustrated they didn't spawn as Jason and just deciding to kill everyone anyway. Very frustrating to those still trying to play properly.
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Spaceplan is the 2001 of clicker games

DanWhitehead

12 months ago

Yep, great game. Cleverly uses the shallow mechanic of a clicker to deliver a genuinely funny and surprising story. Will probably end up being one of my favourite gaming experiences of 2017.
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Watch: Ian murders robot dinosaurs in 90 minutes of Horizon Zero Dawn

DanWhitehead

1 year ago

Does this game make anyone else want a brand new Zoids game or is it just me?
YES. There was one for Xbox 360, but it only came out in Japan.
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Latest footage of crowd-funded Psychonauts 2, as it picks up publisher

DanWhitehead

1 year ago

@Pasco "In summary, gameplay-wise it is still good enough. The reason to play it is its uniqueness."

The milkman and lungfish levels alone are worth it.
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27 years later, scrapped ZX Spectrum version of Total Recall now playable

DanWhitehead

1 year ago

@bad09 A Total Recall game was released for the Spectrum, just not this one.
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There's an official headstand for PlayStation VR

DanWhitehead

1 year ago



Here's where I keep mine. Works great, but I can't get it wet.
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Enter the Dragon (32): graph paper, games and growing up

DanWhitehead

1 year ago

Had no idea you lived in Cheadle Hulme in the 80s - we were practically neighbours!
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Watch: We found a recipe in Dishonored 2 and decided to cook it

DanWhitehead

1 year ago

Stealth COD article.
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Sony investigating PS Plus issue with Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

DanWhitehead

1 year ago

Dan Whitehead wrote Eurogamer's Everybody's Gone to the Rapture review
My Christian Donlan disguise worked perfectly!
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Watch: Seven games we'd love to see remastered

DanWhitehead

2 years ago

@marcustenghult "It truly is a sad reality when the establishment in the games audience begs for new ways to pay for and play old games they already played and own rather than ask for backwards compatibility as was regular in the past."

Backwards compatibility, while a lovely feature, has never been the norm. You couldn't play SNES cartridges on the NES. Megadrive games wouldn't work on the Master System and 128k Spectrum games wouldn't work on a 48k Spectrum. It's only relatively recently, and in a handful of console evolutions such as PSOne to PS2, where backwards compatibility has even been possible thanks to shared hardware/software features. Even then, the results vary wildly.
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The dark romance of cars and nukes in Fallout 4

DanWhitehead

2 years ago

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Watch: Aoife plays Morrowind for the first time, upsets Chris

DanWhitehead

2 years ago

NOW YOU KNOW HOW ZX SPECTRUM FANS FEEL, BRATTERZ.
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No Man's Sky limited edition has online play icon hidden under sticker

DanWhitehead

2 years ago

The PEGI icon doesn't mean "online play" it just means "online features". It's there to warn parents that content in the game may be created by other users, which is absolutely the case with NMS. That is entirely separate from the age rating however, which is based only on what's in the game.
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Telltale Games is teasing something to do with Mr. Robot

DanWhitehead

2 years ago

@Tyronne "Capitalism will remember that"
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No Man's Sky has an enormous day one patch that adds multiple endings

Watch: Ian introduces Chris to the ZX Spectrum

DanWhitehead

2 years ago

You are dead to me, Chris Bratt.
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Telltale's Batman has a bit of an identity crisis

We keep getting emailed weird things about Pokémon Go

DanWhitehead

2 years ago

A friend of mine runs a comic shop and has been giving away free posters to anyone who drops a lure in the shop, as well as offering discounts based on your trainer level. I thought that was pretty clever.
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Majora's Mask fan-film teaser trailer looks excellent

DanWhitehead

2 years ago

"It's unclear if Nintendo is going to shut this project down, but it's unlikely since it doesn't use any actual assets from the games."
It doesn't really matter if it's an asset from the game - that mask design belongs to Nintendo, as do all the other visual elements of Zelda. Hopefully Nintendo will pay attention to the fan film rules that CBS recently put in place for Star Trek, and offer a framework for fans to create stuff like this safe from legal threat but without taking the piss.
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Watch: TimeSplitters 2's first level in Homefront: The Revolution

DanWhitehead

2 years ago

@Yaster Yeah, I'd like to know if it uses the original control scheme (which now seems a bit odd) or if it has more traditional modern console FPS control. I love Timesplitters 2 with a passion, but going back to it today can be very strange thanks to the floaty control and weird aiming.
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Steam in hot water after admitting security lapse exposed 34,000 users' details

DanWhitehead

2 years ago

@CaptainKid "Nothing is stopping someone else to upload my cv information to wherever they please."

Nothing apart from a little thing called the Data Protection Act.
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Games of 2015 no. 9: Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

DanWhitehead

2 years ago

The game's biggest weakness for me was that too many of the houses felt identical - same layouts, same furniture, same books and ornaments. For all the gorgeous exteriors, the places the characters were supposed to live felt stiflingly videogamey. That felt like a missed opportunity to really tell these stories in organic environmental ways as well as through triggered exposition.
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Eurogamer says farewell to Dan Whitehead

DanWhitehead

2 years ago

Holy shit. You guys. Leaving Eurogamer was probably the hardest work-based decision I've ever had to make, and even now the words "leaving" and "Eurogamer" in close proximity feel weird. After coming up through the trenches of games magazines, Eurogamer was the only gaming website I ever wrote for. Not once was I pressured to tweak a score, or soften my words, and for that a part of me will forever by Team EG.
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The Tomorrow Children closed beta sign-up live

DanWhitehead

2 years ago

@Dr_Wadd Aah, but by then it would be today, not tomorrow.
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Sandbox game Life Is Feudal emerges out of Early Access next week

DanWhitehead

2 years ago

@Zepthire "Modestly Multiplayer Online"
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The Park review

DanWhitehead

3 years ago

@spamdangled You mean noted like this?

"None of this comes to anything, and much is simply easter egg lore, there for the amusement of players of The Secret World, Funcom's MMO in which Atlantic Island Park is a location. If you're not a player of that game, much of the narrative background here is superfluous."
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Watch: What we expect from today's PlayStation conference

DanWhitehead

3 years ago

@Bratterz That's une oeuf of that, thank you.
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Project Spark drops free-to-play model, ends DLC support

DanWhitehead

3 years ago

I can't help thinking that the success of Super Mario Maker has something to do with this. Nintendo has got everything right that Microsoft got wrong.
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Several prominent voice actors have voted to strike

DanWhitehead

3 years ago

@SavageEvil "Unbelievable, the people who actually all the heavy lifting get little pay, just like in the movies, the people who do all the work building out a movie, set, getting things in line, keeping the actors prompted, so many of those little people not getting their due."

Actually, most of those "little people" do get their due, because movie sets are heavily unionised.

"These guys who come in and pretend to be a character in a video game. Just how many actor get residuals from sales of movies? Unless they have massive draw that just doesn't happen."

Not true. Lots of US actors get residuals and royalties from TV work, adverts etc. It's not just the A-list stars. That's the benefit of being unionised.
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DanWhitehead

3 years ago

@adrianleighgordon "And, from a more personal perspective, a bit egotistical. Everybody plays a part in making these games what they are, what makes VA's so damned special?"

Nothing, but SAG is an actor's union so they're talking about actors. They're not saying actors are more deserving than anyone else, just that their union literally can't speak for anyone else.
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Mighty No. 9's demo has been delayed

DanWhitehead

3 years ago

Pretty sure at this point that they've just remade the entire game in Super Mario Maker and are still trying to work out how to share it.
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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth's meaty Afterbirth expansion pushes out a release date

DanWhitehead

3 years ago

That headline.
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UK tax watchers are furious with the "fairly undramatic" Ship Emergency Simulator

DanWhitehead

3 years ago

The Tax Payer's Alliance is a shoddy astroturf lobby group that exists only to get stories into the papers when taxes are used to pay for, well, pretty much anything. It's a front for a bunch of tax-avoiding corporations who want to push the agenda that "tax = bad", while pretending they're doing it for the benefit of the obligatory "hard-working taxpayer". The grand irony is that the TPA probably wastes more taxpayers money with its constant FOI requests, that must be dealt with out of the public purse, as it fishes around for any statistic that might stand up its greasy little crusade.
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Amazon Underground makes hundreds of F2P Android games actually free

DanWhitehead

3 years ago

Not sure how I feel about this. In theory, it will hopefully lead to a decline in aggressive micro-transactions and instead drive developers to create games that people want to play for longer.

However, Amazon tried introducing something similar with its Kindle books, where authors would be paid based on how many pages were read, and writers protested - with some good reason - arguing that some media doesn't lend itself to that sort of model. The fear was that it would lead to longer, blander books that were easy to skim through, and would make life harder for those writing non-fiction, short stories and anything that is slightly challenging.

Games won't face those same problems, but does it mean we'll see a rise in simplistic games that are deliberately made easy so that people keep playing? I guess I'm just wary of how much sinister marketing psychology has been used in the IAP field, and how that might be applied to this new model.
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Guillermo del Toro doesn't want to make another game

DanWhitehead

3 years ago

"Buy Silent Hills from Amazon"

Oh, Ad-Bot, you are a cruel tease.
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