Der_tolle_Emil

The Netherlands declares some loot boxes are gambling

Der_tolle_Emil

3 days ago

I'm not a fan of loot boxes and while I think some restrictions are necessary I really don't think that Dota 2 is a good example. If there is a single Free To Play game that stands out in how it should be done it's Dota 2. It will be interesting to see how this will play out; Ultimately though it's better to take down a few honest games too many than leaving a gray area for publishers to exploit yet again in the future.
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Summer Games Done Quick reveals full game and speedrunner list for 2018

Der_tolle_Emil

2 weeks ago

I love these events, been watching them for years. Very excited about another Super Mario Maker relay race, they are sooo entertaining. I am also very glad to see Enter the Gungeon on that list, with so much randomness this will be great to watch.
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Watch the Nintendo Switch Nindies Spring 2018 Showcase here

Der_tolle_Emil

1 month ago

It's sad that we won't get any news on Hollow Knight today, I really really want to play it. But then again this makes room for maybe other announcements that I haven't heard of just yet, so that's a good thing.
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Welcome to the new Eurogamer

Der_tolle_Emil

1 month ago

Congratulations on the new layout. I can't yet say how much I like it, it looks nice and functional but maybe a bit on the flat side. Almost as if elements are floating around in the void.

I do have a strong opinion on threaded comments though: Please kill them :( They don't work on news articles and especially not on reviews. New comments will either drown when they are replying to early comments and nobody will read them because it's simply a nightmare to figure out what has been posted in the last hour or so without scrolling through the entire list of replies.

A proper way to quote would have been a much better approach if you ask me. I find it much more civilized that way instead of having several dozen conversations running "at the same time" so to speak. Eurogamer still having a flat comment section compared to pretty much the rest of the internet is why I enjoyed the comments section so much. Not to mention that after the fourth reply or so the width is so small that there's a line break after
almost every
second word
which is
absolutely
annoying
to read.
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Surviving Mars review - offworld, things are just itching to go awry

Der_tolle_Emil

1 month ago

@UncleLou
Currently, I am a bit torn. I don't think I *ever* want to play the first 5 or 10 hours again, ever.
This seems to sum up pretty much every other review I've read over the weekend. Most of them complained (a lot!) that the beginning is just borderline frustrating, with little to no explanation of anything and it being simply more of a chore than any fun. To be honest I was quite surprised that still every review in the end praised the game regardless, seems to really pick up at some point.
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Der_tolle_Emil

1 month ago

I had my eyes on this for a while now. Last year I was thinking of making a game of my own and after playing Sim City 2000 again I thought it would be kind of fun to have a sim about managing a few arcologies - self contained micro cities where you don't directly plan on what gets built but where you mostly control which resources they get; After a while they'll develop to a proper city with industries which produce even more resources that you can then reroute to another arcology. A bit like every arcology focusing on certain things but all of them together make for more or less a functioning system.

A few days later I stumbled across this game and immediately liked the idea (also because I'm quite a fan of Tropico, at least 3 and 4. 5 was meh). Glad to see this turned out well!
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Looks like Mario Tennis Aces launches for Nintendo Switch in June

Der_tolle_Emil

2 months ago

I only played the N64 version but man was it fun. Not too much into tennis to be honest but when played with a friend Nintendo's magic really came to life. Same for Mario Golf on the N64 actually.
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Norway says Nintendo is breaking the law over eShop refund policy

Der_tolle_Emil

2 months ago

I never pre-ordered anything on Nintendo's eShop so this never caught my attention but I definitely think pre-orders should be able to get cancelled. I also always found it odd that it was legal to force customers to waive their 14 day return period, but I understand that it's tricky to handle returns of digital goods.

The following sentence is interesting though:

Norway, however, disagrees, insisting Nintendo's "performance of its obligations" only begins when you download and start a game.
I totally agree with download - a not yet downloaded pre-order = it can be cancelled. But if they really mean actually starting the game then this is a bit too optimistic in my eyes.

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Mega Man Legacy Collections 1 & 2 are coming to Switch in May

Der_tolle_Emil

2 months ago

I love Mega Man but I won't be buying this. I grew up with the series and it's still one of my favorites but I do have the original cartridges, imported the US only collection for the GameCube and also have the games for Virtual Console (and the Legacy collection on the Xbox One if you count game pass). The thing is, I probably would buy it again since I haven't played them in ages (especially 9 and 10, which I only played on the Wii) but it doesn't look like Capcom is putting too much effort into this. I'm not too fond of (non-optional, ie. cosmetic) content being locked behind amiibos and the physical release should contain both collections in physical form. I could live with two carts even though it would be great if they merged it into a single collection; But a download code just doesn't cut it. Either to fully physical or make an Amiibo with two download codes and sell it as that; At least make it something that stands out.

The games deserve a bit more love than this.
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Is Bayonetta on Switch the definitive console version?

Der_tolle_Emil

2 months ago

@henrys777
what I don't like in the bayonetta game is the when you play for a while, then you're graded, then play for a while, then you're graded and so on. I would've preferred being graded on the move.
Not sure if you are not a fan of the many grades in general or the constant interruptions of gameplay. If it's the latter then I couldn't agree more.

I haven't played Bayonetta 2 yet (have it on the Wii U) because I wanted to play the 1st one before it which I never got for the 360. I adore the combat, it's fast, smooth, precise and overall feels incredibly satisfying; But I can't remember playing for more than what felt like two minutes without getting interrupted by yet another cutscene. For me there were simply way too many and I never managed to really get in the zone, the minute I got the rhythm down and everything went absolutely perfect the game pulls you out and that kind of ruined it for me.

A shame, really, because I started playing it after completing Killer is Dead, which imho is severely underrated. Yes, the story makes little sense and some of the sexualized content is questionable (although to be fair I found Bayonetta's cutscene camera angles constantly focusing on her ass or breasts even worse) but once you got figured out the combat system it was a really rewarding game - and Bayonetta's combat is even better. The pacing of the game just never gives it a proper chance to unfold, unfortunately.
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Super Nt review: a SNES for the 21st century

Der_tolle_Emil

2 months ago

Mine should arrive tomorrow - glad to hear that they kept the high standards they set with the NT mini.
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For the first time, Evo won't have a Marvel game

Der_tolle_Emil

2 months ago

@Pirederas
Evo chose to feature two Smash Bros. games and a Dragonball game, neither of them ain't even a hardcore fighting game in the first place.
I think you don't really know what makes a fighting game fun and competitive to play. Hint: It's not the blood.
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Der_tolle_Emil

2 months ago

I'm not too bummed about MvCI not being there, although I'm sure there are still some people who are disappointed by this and even though I'm not a fan of it I think it could have been given a chance to shine at least once. However, if I had to choose which of the confirmed games should be dropped to make room for MvC I honestly wouldn't know which one should go. Either way, as always I'm looking forward to EVO.

And while we're at it: Any chance of not spoiling the results this year? Pretty please?
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The Switch's first Dragon Quest in the west shows how to build upon a great

Der_tolle_Emil

2 months ago

I missed this because I don't own any of the platforms it was originally released for but I always wanted to try it - and thankfully there's a demo of the Switch version in the shop and a quite generous one, too. It's absolutely adorable and I'm sure I'll get it this time around. The concept works a lot better than I imagined.
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Shadow of the Colossus fans working to solve mysterious new PS4 puzzle

Der_tolle_Emil

3 months ago

I like mysteries like this. It's just too bad that the existence of it, how many there are plus a hint from the friggin' credits have been reported before the game is even out.

It's not easy these days to experience games for yourself :(
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Nintendo Switch paid online service finally arrives September

Der_tolle_Emil

3 months ago

I almost never play online so we'll see what else this will offer. At least for me the prise seems very reasonable though even if it really did nothing else than allow online play.
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Rockstar's new Humble Bundle for PC includes GTA, Max Payne, Bully, LA Noire and Manhunt

Der_tolle_Emil

3 months ago

@Mister_Vimes
No GTA 1 or 2 is a shame.
True, but they have been released for free by Rockstar a few years ago. The original links from their website have vanished (they just show a "currently unavailable" message: http://www.rockstargames.com/classics/), but the downloads have been mirrored quite extensively. Here's one:

https://www.netzwelt.de/software-chooser/4537-gta-1-2-grand-theft-auto.html

The website is in German (games are in English) but it's a trustworthy website so you'll definitely get the original installer released by Rockstar.
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PSN woes force big FIFA tournament to play matches on Xbox One instead of PS4

Der_tolle_Emil

3 months ago

Ah that must suck for the participants; Switching controllers is never fun in such a situation not even when you're able to choose the same model.
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Dragon Ball FighterZ review

Der_tolle_Emil

3 months ago

I think I'll skip this - but I really look forward to seeing it in action in tournaments. I always prefered the more standard fighting games to play. MvC3 was fun but didn't really grip me the way the SF series or other 1on1 games did; However, it's an absolute joy to watch these games on stream as there's so much happening. It just doesn't get boring. Looks like this one will also do the trick, even though I'm no fan of Dragon Ball at all (then again I've never been much of a Comic fan either and still enjoyed the MvC games).

Good to see a new contender in the genre.
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Guitar Hero expert completes Through the Fire and Flames without making a single mistake - blindfolded

Der_tolle_Emil

3 months ago

@bradknight To me it somehow makes no difference. To be fair, I haven't done Through Fire and Flames on 100% (I absolutely hate both the band and the song) but the songs I like and can do on 100% on expert I can also do without looking at the screen. I'm not saying it isn't a great achievement; I know I'm good at this game and even if I liked this song I wouldn't be able to 100% it, not even close; But the ones I can do I can also do blind - I actually deliberately close my eyes when learning tricky sections and visualize it in my head as this is less distracting than looking at the screen. I didn't mean to offend or belittle the achievement, I honestly didn't know that it makes such a huge difference for others when it's actually helping me.

What really messes with my head though is when playing with friends and the drummer screws up. There is just no way for me to keep it going without screwing up as well :)
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Der_tolle_Emil

3 months ago

Slight buzzkill: Doing GH/RB songs blindfolded is barely more difficult than doing it with your eyes open, especially the harder ones. You don't have time to look at what the game is throwing at you anyway, by the time you get good at a certain song you know it pretty much inside out.

Nevertheless: Being able to play this song without mistakes in itself is already a huge achievement so congratulations. I've spent several hundred hours on GH/RB and expert can be brutal.
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Subnautica review

Der_tolle_Emil

3 months ago

I tried this when I got my Oculus Rift. It's by far the worst offender in terms of nausea. Looks marvelous when standing still but any kind of motion really messed with my head in this, unfortunately. Then again a lot of games cause me discomfort, I'm not the VR type I guess.
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Stardew Valley creator offers another peek at "really fun" multiplayer mode

Der_tolle_Emil

3 months ago

I've put 200 hours into this already - on just my very first farm. Not sure if I should be ashamed or not :)
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Meltdown and Spectre: does patching your PC impact game performance?

Der_tolle_Emil

3 months ago

@Standout
So is there no indication of the negative effects being negated with improved patches in the future?
Simply put: Not really. The thing is, the speed we have now is the "correct" speed. Intel CPUs were faster before because they cheated and skipped a few steps (checking permissions).

Of course a proper hardware implementation is much faster than software, but even if Intel could fix this in hardware it would still be slower than before because it wouldn't skip checking the permissions anymore.

Note: This is an extremely oversimplified, but not necessarily wrong summary. It does the job though explaining why there's no fix on the radar (or even possible) that will bring performance back to pre-patch days.
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Der_tolle_Emil

3 months ago

@DampCloth
Java script doesn't run in kernel mode, so no it's not 10 out of 10 for desktop users.
It doesn't have to run in kernel mode to access kernel memory. That's the flaw: Being able to access kernel memory FROM user land.
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Der_tolle_Emil

3 months ago

@Yfel

Am I the only one who thinks the severity of these security flaws is hugely overstated in all this media coverage?

If attackers are already running malware on your computer you've got bigger problems than what other memory it's accessing imo. They can screw you over in all sorts of ways without reading protected memory.

The only ones for whom this vulnerability is a real issue is those who share their systems with untrustworthy users.
This can be exploited BEFORE malware is on your system - for example by JavaScript running in a browser. Not a single software mitigation is working (when unpatched), regardless of how sandboxed the browser is. Even if it's running in a virtual machine you are able to access memory of the host - and without the user having to download anything. That's what makes this so scary. There has never been anything in the history of computing that required so little user interaction and has such an impact on security, even with every security measure in existence in effect. So no, this is not blown up as far as severity is concerned. Please patch your system, even if compile times go up. Performance over security is never a worthy tradeoff and the argument "I'm not targeted anyway" is just as invalid. I know media coverage is often way over the top but in this case I can 100% assure you that this is it; This is the 10 out of 10 on the severity scale.
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Sea of Thieves is getting a beautiful Xbox One controller

Der_tolle_Emil

3 months ago

That's one of the best looking controller designs I have seen so far.
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Charity speedrunning marathon Awesome Games Done Quick 2018 starts this Sunday

Der_tolle_Emil

4 months ago

Thanks for posting this in advance again this year. It's a fantastic event, as always I'm really looking forward to this.
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Burnout Paradise HD reports gather pace

Der_tolle_Emil

4 months ago

I enjoyed it - but I always hated the camera angles in this. Bonnet view was too low and chase cam had such a weird angle that looked like it was looking down on the road instead of ahead. I always had to slightly push the right stick down to make the camera actually point forwards instead of down. This is the only racing game that I played where I found every single camera annoying. Nevertheless I spent quite a bit of time with it and even bought the expansions, so maybe I'll bite again.
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Stylish boss rush hack-and-slasher Furi is heading to Switch next week

Der_tolle_Emil

4 months ago

@Simatron3000
The switch trailer was not 60fps but the ps4 one was so....
The Switch version runs at an unlocked framerate, capped at 60fps, just like the PS4 version (which isn't a locked 60fps either). According to the devs the framerate is very similar to the PS4 version. Both versions have a few drops below 60 here and there that don't affect gameplay.

How much "here and there" actually means will be seen once it's out. But it's definitely not locked/capped at 30fps on the Switch.
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Der_tolle_Emil

4 months ago

@patchbox360
Ori and the Blind Forest would be nice on the Switch.
Isn't it published by Microsoft? I also somehow remember it being shown as an exclusive at E3 back then. Either way, since I haven't played it yet a Switch port would be fantastic. At least I got Axiom Verge (again) until Hollow Knight drops :)
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Der_tolle_Emil

4 months ago

WarTech: Senko no Ronde comes to mind. Although watching the trailer again there really aren't that many bullets involved like I originally thought.
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Nintendo Switch is fastest-selling home console ever in US

Der_tolle_Emil

4 months ago

@tmcd35
It's good they're attracting more indies but they still don't seem to be attracting enough beyond the core first party titles to make it worth my while.
A somewhat fair point, but it has been out for 10 months. We already have a vast improvement in terms of support compared to the Wii U and considering how badly the previous console failed I'm sure that a lot of publishers took a "wait and see" approach to know if it's even remotely lucrative to tackle the platform. I'm pretty sure development (let alone investing time in console exclusive games or at least console unique features) didn't even kick off until 4, 5 months ago.

For me personally I think Nintendo attracted more developers than I would have imagined even if I knew the Switch would be selling so many units. Even though they are "just" ports (disregarding the technical challenges of those ports considering the vastly different architecture compared to PC and the other consoles) I would have never imagined to see the likes of Doom or Wolfenstein on the Switch.

It's a valid position to only get a console when there are 10, 20, 30+ or whatever titles available/announced that appeal to someone, but I don't think it's completely fair to expect those to show up within such a short timeframe, especially given the failure of the predecessor, and then "blaming" the platform holder. Everything considered the amount of support is already better than anyone could have realistically expected.
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Der_tolle_Emil

4 months ago

Well deserved. Though I personally haven't used the portable aspect of it that much (in fact even less than with the Wii U) it just feels good to play games on the Switch. Apart from the games being really high quality I really like the pro controller. I even prefer it to the Xbox One controller, which is quite a feat, as I absolutely adore that controller (and will even use it instead of keyboard and mouse for some PC titles, as it's just that nice to hold). Also the fact that I can turn the console on and be back in the game precisely where I left off in as little as 5 seconds is something I didn't know I actually missed. Or not having to wait 40 minutes until the game finally finishes installing.

So even though I'm barely making use of the main selling point of the console all those little things all still add up. It's simply a satisfying experience to play games on it from the very beginning.
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Bankrupt Mad Catz is somehow back from the dead

Der_tolle_Emil

4 months ago

To be honest, I'm glad they are back. Their reputation isn't their greatest and they have released quite a bit of junk in their time, especially in their early days where they basically just rebranded Chinese plastic (as the memes go, your typical "player 2" controlers); But when you dismiss their low, low price portfolio you're looking at some damn fine hardware - and not just relatively good, but actually top of the line equipment. Their arcade sticks in particular are phenomenal in pretty much every aspect (including swapping parts!) and I also quite like their R.A.T. mice. They might look like an abomination but I'm using one at work and they are incredibly comfortable, and even after over two years of heavy use they don't show even the slightest signs of giving up anytime soon. The same is true for two co-workers, who have different models both at work and home, so the whole line seems to be rather well done. Not the cheapest, but it's definitely money well spent.
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Stardew Valley creator reveals new story and feature additions for 2018

Der_tolle_Emil

4 months ago

@Les Then you must have saved on the 28th of spring which means the next time you load it'll be summer 1st. Spring only crops will die that night and weeds will spawn. That happens on every season change. It would have looked exactly the same even if you kept playing without turning the game off after saving. If this was your very first season change then I have no doubt it caused a bit of confusion (especially if you didn't talk to the villagers who are telling you that crops will die by the end of a season) but it would have happened either way, regardless of how much real time had passed.
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Der_tolle_Emil

4 months ago

@Les
Charming game but, like animal crossing, it doesn't fit with how I play games which is on and off. It's dispiriting to come back to your save after a few weeks and see your crops dead and the farm overgrown with weeds.
Uhm, time doesn't pass in this game when you're not playing. Your farm will look exactly like it did when you quit playing.
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Xenoblade Chronicles 2's December update will aim to fix its awful map

Der_tolle_Emil

4 months ago

I haven't started to play it yet - looks like I'll tackle BotW's DLC before diving into this.
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Nintendo Switch hits 10m sales in nine months

Der_tolle_Emil

4 months ago

Haven't touched my Xbox One since I got the switch with the exception of an occassional dip into Forza Horizon 3 and watching Twitch streams. It's not the console itself that does the trick, but the quality of the games released so far easily surpasses everything I had hoped for.
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Twin-stick bullet-hell dungeon crawler Enter the Gungeon is heading to Switch next week

Der_tolle_Emil

4 months ago

Has anyone played this and also Neurovoider? I only played the latter and while it has its moments (disregarding the soundtrack, which is awesome from start to finish) it's a bit too irritating for my taste. There are some ridiculous difficulty spikes and not that much variety to start over and over again and not get bored, especially because I feel like more often than not I spend more time selling unneeded items instead of actually playing the game. (Mostly because I feel the vast majority of weapon types and skills just aren't useful, not even from time to time).

Now: How does this compare? Am I struggling with the concepts of roguelikes in general or is Neurovoider simply a bit too flawed? Because I do like how it feels when it works, it's just not often enough that I feel like it does work.
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Creative Assembly issues refreshingly frank update on Total War Warhammer development troubles

Der_tolle_Emil

5 months ago

This is why I'm firmly in the "git reset --hard; git pull" camp. And hated for it by everyone else in our team :/
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Super Mario Galaxy, Zelda: Twilight Princess to launch on Android in 1080p

Der_tolle_Emil

5 months ago

@the_ewan
They're right though - whether you like it or not, the release of major Nintendo games from major Nintendo brands on a non-Nintendo device/console is a big step in that direction.
It really isn't. This isn't the first licensing deal between Nintendo and another company and it certainly won't be the last, but it has nothing to do with going 3rd party.

We've had official Nintendo games years ago, on the PC even (early 90s). Of course, those were educational titles for the most part. And I think we all remember Zelda appearing on a Philips console.

Besides software deals, Nintendo also released a special version of the N64 in China, which wasn't marketed under Nintendo's brand either.

All in all, this is mostly business as usual, even if it doesn't happen that often.
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Capcom announces Mega Man 11 and re-releases for all eight Mega Man X games

Der_tolle_Emil

5 months ago

Well, the looks of MM11 don't necessarily blow me away. It doesn't look bad per se, but Mega Man titles often were the definition of pixel precise jumps, dashes and getting around certain bosses. I'm aware that this isn't what modern gaming is about but don't mind it from time to time, especially in a game that definitely has its roots (and success) in that particular area of gaming. If they nail that feeling again them I'm definitely on board.
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GoldenEye speedrunner breaks 15-year-old Dam record

Der_tolle_Emil

5 months ago

Awesome. I love speedrunning. It is so satisfying when you nail it and everything comes together.
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Prison Architect's Escape Mode is coming to consoles next year

Der_tolle_Emil

5 months ago

Great game, it's such a shame that PC development seems to have come to a halt. There are still a few bugs that would be nice if they were fixed (none of them gamebreaking, fortunately) and a bit of polish here and there would also do wonders.

Also while modding support is there it is severely limited, for no real reason. Some functions that are in the game are simply not accessible by mods. Extending mod support just a bit would rejuvenate the game a lot.

Nevertheless, it's definitely recommended by me. I don't have experience with the console versions but the PC version glued me to the desk for much, much longer than I expected.
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Mother defends 14-year-old son sued by Epic over Fortnite cheat video

Der_tolle_Emil

5 months ago

@seeyoshirun
Whatever the strength of the legal case here, I'm not comfortable making such assumptions. There are a myriad of reasons why he might have done what he did and a lot of factors to consider in a situation like this - the well-documented dissociative effects of doing almost anything online, the emotional maturity of most people at that age, mental health, et cetera.

I'm not definitively saying he isn't some smarmy entitled jerk who should have known better, but I think we should tread carefully with the kind of value judgements we make. I know plenty of people older than 14 who don't wholly grasp the implications of their actions online.
That's of course true. There are two reasons which brought me to my earlier conclusion: First off, I know very well what I did when I was 14 and that I was very well aware what the consequences are. Today that clearly falls under the script kiddie category, but at least I wrote them myself. That's not the point though; The much bigger reason is that I don't think this lawsuit will lead anywhere. Ultimately I think it will be dropped or settled out of court with pretty much no harm done, it definitely achieved something and I'm sure the kid learned his lesson. I don't this to haunt him during his early years when starting a career or even longer, that makes no sense - but a bit more than just a slap on the wrist seems "ok" to so speak.
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Der_tolle_Emil

5 months ago

I probably should feel bad about wanting him to be made example of. Cheating is one thing, and it won't go completely away anytime soon, but bragging with it and thinking it would be a great idea to mess with DMCA takedown requests is taking this a whole step further. 14 might sound young (and I'm sure he still is quite naive) but lots of us here were probably very well aware what they did online when they were 14. If he think's he is old enough to play mature games and old enough to get involved with DMCA requests then he should be old enough to see this to the end (especially if he is in fact associated with the creators).

Maybe I'm completely off but the kid sounds like those entitled bullies in school, thinking they're too cool to follow rules. It might sound bitter but honestly, I can't shake the feeling that this is the case here.
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A free Sanic T-shirt DLC is now available for Sonic Forces

Der_tolle_Emil

5 months ago

I read that as satanic t-shirt. Not sure which one I'd prefer.
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LA Noire's Switch port tested: could the system handle GTA5?

Der_tolle_Emil

5 months ago

I'm impressed. Some things sound like a major cutback but going from more or less 12 cores down to 3 must be a nightmare for coders, especially if the cores themselves don't make up for it by having the necessary grunt to simply "bruteforce" the workload.

I'm still on the fence if I should buy this. I quite enjoyed it on the 360 back then but I don't remember anything besides it becoming a bit repetitive at the end. It certainly was something different, I'm just not sure if the same thing will work twice for me.
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Nintendo apologises for Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp server woes

Der_tolle_Emil

5 months ago

@erp
In these days of cloud-hosted virtual server infrastructure... very easy.

Just not very cheap.
That's completely untrue.
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