Doomspoon

Square's classic Super Nintendo RPG Chrono Trigger is now available on PC

Doomspoon

2 months ago

Meh, I got this on DS after missing it on SNES. I loved Secret of Mana so was quite excited about playing Chrono Trigger. It's massively overrated. Thankfully I have no desire to buy it again, I was up for getting the new version of Secret of Mana but I see that isn't too great.
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Eurogamer's parent company Gamer Network has been bought by PAX operator ReedPOP

Doomspoon

2 months ago

Dark Star brewery and now this. I'm supposed to post some alarmist stuff about this being the end, right?
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Elite Dangerous' third season kicks off next week with a massive free update on console and PC

Doomspoon

2 months ago

Meh, too little, too late.

I backed it on Kickstarter. I loved the idea of the Elite I loved on C64 and Amiga running on current hardware. In the 90s I dreamed of a persistent universe ad permadeath in Elite. I didn't assume for a moment that human players would be bigger arseholes than the AI back then, naive of me I know. I also hadn't experienced how much games have moved on since then.

Elite: Dangerous is a nicer looking version of the 8 and 16 bit game I enjoyed back then but in terms of gameplay it hasn't moved on. The terrain's changed a lot. It can be really enjoyable to spend hours or weeks playing. If you have the stomach to deal with other people when playing that fall in to two camps; the absolute lowest of the low that online gaming can offer or the kind of "hey nonny-nonny, I'm a Roister Doister, slap my thigh, Blackadder reject, space pirate, socially inadequate type" neither of which fits within social norms, then fair play to you. There's no middle ground in my experience, they're both the kind of people that you try and avoid in day to day life, let alone via the internet and I say that as someone that's socially inept myself.

It can't be faulted for doing a prettier version of the 8 or 16 bit game but nostalgia doesn't cover for the gameplay barely being up to current norms.
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Join us for the first Eurogamer Community Pub Quiz

Doomspoon

3 months ago

I could be interested in this. I don't suppose if anyone knows if they have any gluten free beer at all?

edit: This post qualifies for a neg? Really? It's a simple question. I have coeliac disease and like beer, my decision to go to a bar or not is influenced by the likelihood of my being able to find a drink I enjoy.
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The original Xbox's oversized "Duke" controller has been revived, and returns this March

Doomspoon

3 months ago

Personally speaking, one of the most uncomfortable controllers I ever used for any sort of sustained period of play was the GameCube controller. The controllers being so small and that hump in the middle of the underside meant that the joints of my fingers pressed against it at just such an angle that they got really sore.
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Doomspoon

3 months ago

@FerrisBueller I liked it for MotoGP too, well driving games in general. I had an S controller but rarely used it, that was the one I let my brother use for Halo co-op. I think I used the S for whatever fighting games I had.
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New mass shooting simulator aims to help teachers respond more effectively in a crisis

Doomspoon

3 months ago

They could have saved money by running a Counterstrike mod with no weapons on spawn and no option to buy them.
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Publisher blames PUBG for Lawbreakers flopping

Doomspoon

4 months ago

If it's any consolation, Overwatch seems to be imploding due to the community being for the most part a bunch of bellends and now that PUBG is on Xbox that must herald the beginning of the end for that game's popularity too.

Remember when people went mad for DayZ and then there were a load of me too games that followed and now nobody gives a toss about any of them?

How long before the shouty manchildren on Twitch are going on about the next big thing?
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An attempt to analyse a board game we just got in a Christmas cracker

Doomspoon

4 months ago

Seriously, this is like Talisman without the combat and loot/equipment mechanic.
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Doomspoon

4 months ago

@FogHeart As has been replied above, they're the dump spots for 40, 41 and 42.

As per my comparing it to Talisman this would be the alignment modifiers in that game, bad ju-ju happens on the airport related square if you're the plane although there's an argument for game logic when you consider the two sea going vessels and their associated ports.

I hope this clears things up a bit for you :)
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Doomspoon

4 months ago

It's a basic reskin of Talisman then?
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Destiny 2 locks one of its most-prized exotic guns behind Curse of Osiris expansion

Doomspoon

5 months ago

Here's another issue noted lastnight.

My friend has the pass so has access to the new content, I don't. We played some crucible together and both got new drops that we upgraded our existing gear with. He hadn't gone up to 21 and I'm capped at 20. He managed to upgrade some of his gear so it needed to be 21 to use. Suddenly his power level dropped because that gear he's been using for the last three weeks was no longer usable because he had the nerve to collapse a level 20 item into an existing level 20 item.

So now, as a player that won't be getting the new content in a hurry, I have to proceed with caution when it comes to upgrading my gear in case I suddenly get locked out of it.

Thanks Bungie.
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Doomspoon

5 months ago

@Bigdogjeff I agree with your last point there. I only ever play with the same two people, one of them completed a nightfall with his son and son's friend (ok the teenagers carried the 40something). Of the three of us that play together I'm the more capable at FPS on the whole yet have the lowest power level (still above requirement for nightfalls), end game tallies show that I'm generally getting the majority of the kills but we're all aiming at mission critical targets together. Each time we're lucky to even make it to the boss within the limit, let alone damage it.

I haven't completed a single nightfall yet and I've had the game since launch.

It's devoid of any fun, the need to look for anomolies to increase the timer throws people off focus on the critical targets and just makes the run itself a total mess.

I stuck with D1 until the end despite the bad times but I'm sick of this one.
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UK Gambling Commission weighs in on how it can - and can't - regulate in-game loot boxes

Doomspoon

5 months ago

@Rogueywon indeed. I wouldn't want the government having any hand in regulating game content. Haven't the Australians had a hard time with the likes of the GTA series due to regulation?

I dislike loot boxes. I wish they weren't appearing in games. I choose to ignore them. It's annoying when they give gameplay advantages, that needs to go.

Kinder eggs, Panini stickers, POGs, crisps with random POGs in, TCG/CCGs, collectible miniatures games with blind boxes etc have all existed for years without calls for gambling regulations. Some have been specifically aimed at kids, some have gameplay advantages, some have poor distribution of rares. We've largely accepted they're ok or a con and got on with our lives. This is just an evolution. Don't let your kids spend your money on them or let them waste all of their own and learn a lesson in life like we did as kids.
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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming to Injustice 2

Doomspoon

5 months ago

Damn, they've gone with the different coloured masks from the crappy cartoon rather than the all red from the original Eastman and Laird covers. I'd have hoped they'd have gone for the darker original style than the twee cartoon stuff.

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StarCraft 2 will go free-to-play later this month

Doomspoon

6 months ago

Shame, I have both of those campaigns.
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The Dragon Ball Fighterz story mode looks like it will do the anime justice

Doomspoon

6 months ago

@SuperJamaican Thanks for that profound insight.

There's no accounting for taste but I'm genuinely perplexed, some stuff can be enjoyed in a "yes, I know it's crap" kind of way. Sincerely, do the people that love DBZ do so seeing it's quite bad but enjoy that side of it. Like people that enjoyed the original Power Rangers series could enjoy the campy crapness of it at the time but look at it now and just see it was a steaming turd. See also WWE/WCW wrestling.

Monkey, even as a kid it seemed a bit crap but it was great for that reason and is still enjoyable now, if a bit crap. Maybe DBZ is just another generation's Monkey?
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Doomspoon

6 months ago

Years ago when I played Phantasy Star Online on Dreamcast, there were times when it seemed like every player character that wasn't called Cloud or Sephiroth was named after a character from the DBZ anime. I'd never seen it, I got annoyed with the amount of people all using the same names so decided it must be crap and they all must be tossers.

Years later I decided this was a narrow minded attitude, reflected that there's much anime I've enjoyed and as this was a popular series there must be a lot going for it so I grabbed the first series when it was free in an Xbox anime sale.

Christ it's bloody awful isn't it? Ignoring the American dubbing which is usually offensively bad in anime the rest of the content's crap. As a kid we had stuff like Battle of the Planets which on reflection now is rather crap although I'd still like to see the 'proper' Japanese series it came from.

Why all the love for Dragon Ball Z?
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'80s slasher movie puzzler Slayaway Camp is out on Xbox One and PS4 this week

Doomspoon

6 months ago

Turns out I have this in my Steam library. Installing now.
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Nintendo reveals a Super Nintendo 3DS XL for North America

Doomspoon

6 months ago

@ShiftyGeezer But it's squashed at the edges and runs about 17% slower?
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Doomspoon

6 months ago

I agree the EU SNES looked better than the US one but I loved the concave buttons on the US controller. They reminded me of Parma Violets.
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Online petition forces government response to loot boxes

Doomspoon

6 months ago

Regardless of the fact the petition won't achieve anything, where does this put the gashapon style machines that are becoming more frequent in high street shops and motorway services? Would those signing this petition want the same laws to apply to them? Kinder eggs? Christmas crackers?

Yes, it's annoying that more games feature loot boxes, more so when they feature items that give someone a gameplay advantage but nobody is being forced to pay real cash for them.

Also, if it's the case that your kid has been buying them with your saved card details, more fool you for not managing accounts and payment details properly.
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WayForward's retro, Metroidvania-style movie tie-in The Mummy Demastered is out this month

Doomspoon

6 months ago

Level layout and assets look very similar to Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, which I've mostly enjoyed what I've played of it. I look forward to seeing how it reviews.
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In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon you can go through a wormhole

Doomspoon

7 months ago

A friend of mine notified the council of a wormhole opening in Brighton. He's the same one that did the walrus suit lodger ad that Kevin Smith made into a film.
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The space goths won Destiny 2's first Faction Rally

Doomspoon

7 months ago

I went the same way as I did previously on D1 on both platforms, FWC for my warlock (main), Dead Orbit on my hunter and the other one that's been mentioned here but it's so boring I can't remember what it is on my titan.

I mostly play my warlock, sometimes my hunter and rarely my titan. Ah well, at least I can buy the mediocre gun on my hunter and stick it int he vault to forget about.
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Road Redemption review

Doomspoon

7 months ago

Am I the only person that never liked Road Rash in the first place?
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Forza Motorsport 7's VIP membership has changed - for the worse

Doomspoon

7 months ago

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PlayStation Plus October games lineup includes Metal Gear Solid 5

Doomspoon

7 months ago

Cool, I get to try another MGS title without giving money directly to Konami or Kojima.

Only really enjoyed MGS 1 and 2 and never finished the others. I really couldn't be arsed with Kojima's pervy stuff or the lengthy cutscenes but I did enjoy the gameplay of Ground Zeroes so I wanted to try the last game but didn't want to pay for it (yes I know, we're paying for PS+ and the games aren't 'free').

I'm happy about the Amnesia collection. I enjoyed SOMA on PS4, I own the PC versions but it'd be good to play through the decent speakers hooked up to the console. Are the PS4 versions enhanced over the PC originals?

edit: Oh no, I said bad stuff about MGS, Konami and Kojima, QQ. His storytelling is crap, the dialogue in his games is painful, the pervy shit is embarrassing and Konami stopped making good games around when Silent Hill 2 was released. Coincidentally, Frictional games continued providing the atmosphere the the first two Silent Hill games gave us in their own products so it's quite interesting these two titles are being bundled this "remember when Konami used to be good?" month.
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A dog has turned my life into an RPG

Doomspoon

7 months ago

@redcrayon I've passed the North Street one a few times but never been in. My girlfriend is vegetarian so we'll certainly investigate further. Cheers.
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Doomspoon

7 months ago

@redcrayon Regarding the dungeons. Well, there were the underground rooms and cells at the town hall and folklore about smugglers' tunnels down by the Black Lion. Also the folklore about the ghosts around the Druid's Head and by the Bath Arms.

Also on the eating out tip, although I'm not veggie/vegan but allergic to dairy and have coeliac disease so I often eat at Iydea in Kensington Gardens. They're a veggie and vegan place but they're really good with labeling ingredients and the food's really nice.
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Doomspoon

7 months ago

This article combines two of my favourite things. I've been out of full time work due to health issues for many years but I volunteer at an animal sanctuary near Lewes working with the dogs there.

I'm usually quite anxious about talking to people I don't know unless there's a subject very close to my heart ie gaming but this has been quite the catalyst. I'm normally a social misfit and awkward but when I'm walking one of the dogs people just speak to me as an equal, and I them.

Those dogs too, you can see them develop their characters, they grow. They gradually gain more confidence and develop more social skills.

Again, great article.
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Destiny 2 has a microtransaction problem

Doomspoon

8 months ago

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Forget VOIP, Star Citizen has FOIP that maps your face's movements onto a character in real-time

Doomspoon

8 months ago

@regret See, I backed this and Elite: Dangerous on Kickstarter, I thought there was a hint of vapourware about Elite but I was wrong. 2013 and the Kickstarter passed, we got a game in 2014. Admittedly that game was pretty much the same as the 8 and 16 bit ones with the opportunity to have your night ruined by actual, real, pricks and shinier graphics but it was a playable product that could be reviewed alongside other games. Yes I was annoyed that they screwed over the original backers with the cost of the season pass but it can't be argued that they didn't deliver a game.

Regarding Star Citizen, I've written off my Ł40 or whatever I paid. I did get a nice shiny plastic founder's card. Whoo! It's a veritable vaginal lodestone.
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Angry Gameseek customers call aggressive discount promotion a "scam"

Doomspoon

8 months ago

The notify me when the deal is live thing is bollocks too. I set an alert on Destiny 2 yesterday after missing it, knowing it would be around again in 23 or so hours. I sat at the PC this morning ready for it, half hour early, clicked the deal as soon as it went live, got a notification telling me they were out of stock and then the site died. No email notifying me of anything. Nothing on their site when it was alive again.

I had to go to hospital this afternoon for a pre-surgery assessment, the same deal went live again. No notification, I got a text from my girlfriend telling me the deal was up again but had to switch my phone off as I got called in for the assessment. I'll save myself the annoyance and just keep my Amazon pre-order. Chances are if I did get lucky on the Gameseek one and cancelled my Amazon order I'd be one of the select few that gets the email telling me there's a problem with the order/they're out of stock and have to wait another week anyway.
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Crackdown 3 delayed until spring 2018

Doomspoon

8 months ago

I still don't know or care who the smeg Terry Crews is.
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Gearbox announces new game, but it's not Borderlands 3

Doomspoon

8 months ago

Well, they did something different from Borderlands with Battleborn. That did well didn't it? I personally feel it's a shame Battleborn didn't do well, I liked the campaign and the characters were pretty well thought out but the adversarial mode was crap, that side of it deserved to fail against Overwatch. TF2 and Overwatch don't lock you into character selection and they aren't first person MOBAs.

Also, one of the things that stopped me playing Borderlands in the first place was because Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway was so bad in comparison to the first excellent games I was reluctant to touch another Gearbox game. Turns out the Borderlands games are great, my loss.

Every so often they take a gamble and do something excellent that really deserves attention, other times they screw up royally. What's it to be?
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The Last of Us fans think they've sleuthed out Part 2's location

Doomspoon

9 months ago

Well, that's made me look forward to the game more. I really enjoyed visiting Seattle a couple of times many years ago and I always like seeing it in other media.
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Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition now Xbox One backwards compatible

Doomspoon

9 months ago

This wasn't showing in my 'Ready to Install' list. I just had to re 'buy' this via the website. I went through the purchase process right up until the point where I was going to cancel when payment was requested but it seemed to jump ahead and recognised that I did own it after all. Just in case anyone else has a similar problem.
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Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 coming to EA Access this month

Doomspoon

9 months ago

@Pete207 I bought BF1 on PC when it was in a sale with the view to getting it on console if it was cheap or friends were getting it. Turned out I couldn't get into it on PC and wasn't enjoying it as much as BF3 and 4 across various platforms. I just can't score kills on BF1 yet seem to get killed in one shot from others so I've not touched it in months. I will be trying again on Xbox though.

I don't have access on PC but do on Xbox. Price is the defining factor for games rather than them appearing at a later date on access. I could similarly view whether games will be much cheaper in a sale, appear in a Humble Bundle or be offered as a Games With Gold or PS+ monthly library addition. I don't specifically choose not to buy EA games because of the eventual appearance in the vault.

I even bought Battlefront on PS4 with all of the DLC in the sale a few weeks back despite having the base game via Access on Xbox and now the DLC's been added. Part of the incentive here was local split screen and owning two PS4 controllers but only one XB1 pad.
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Mercy me: in praise of gaming's greatest healer

Doomspoon

10 months ago

@dirigiblebill I've just skimmed the linked article on Mercy hate with a view to reading it later.

It's been interesting to see that when I've been in party chat with my girlfriend who has a very obviously female username on PSN, she can get player cards for playing a multitude of roles, she often tanks, heals or defends objectives. She will rarely get votes.

Sure, plenty of times as Lucio I've got top heals/most golds/most objective time and missed out on votes because people vote for most kills but I do get votes for those actions more than I don't. She rarely does, even when it could be clearly argued she played a key role in the game. It's hard not to see it as anything other than traditional sexism.

The other night we both were on a team that saw us get credit for top heals and top damage blocked, in a game our team won, we feel we played a major role in that outcome. The other four ask us to team up, myself and girlfriend are already paired so we do. I get kicked immediately after and she gets spammed with party chat requests, again hard not to see it as "oooh a girl". She quit the game and rejoined me and got seriously spammed with invites, like it was through a bot. I sent a chat message to one of them "stop spamming invites", his mate started doing the same instead. Result was her PS4 went off for the night.
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Doomspoon

10 months ago

"Thug" always conjures up a mental image for me, a stereotype if you will. A white bloke with a shaved head, St George or Union Flag tattoos and/or t-shirt, a fat neck and possibly swigging a can of Stella. Or at times I think of some traditional criminal hired muscle, lacking in brains but handy for intimidating people.

Very occasionally I think of it from its etymology, a thief, from Hindi 'thag' at which point I have some Temple of Doom dubious turban imagery going on.

Oddly a stereotype that never comes to mind is that of a black youth. I was never a Tupac fan so the 'Thug life' labeling was something I was only reminded of through reading this. Ho hum.

Still though, negs for mentioning that Mercy is just a tweaked version of the TF2 medic for my previous post and ones that followed? A lot of what Overwatch gets right is because of how well TF2 did it. I largely play Soldier and Medic in TF2. In Overwatch I main Lucio but I started out as a Mercy player because she played pretty much exactly how I played Medic in TF2 with the bonus that I could quickly travel to my target. Her gun plays like the Medic's syringe gun, the damage boost is comparable to the Kritzkrieg. So Mercy doesn't get the invulnerability Uber that Medic has and the cooldowns are quicker. Medic doesn't get to res the team, so they didn't make it exactly the same but it is kind of a TF2 remix.

Play demo? here, try Junkrat. Engi? go with Torbjorn or maybe Bastion. Soldier? Pharah's rockets can be used similarly, she has her boost instead of the rocket jump. Sniper? Hanzo or Widowmaker. Ok, not quite as copy and paste for the rest. Heavy? you'll probably like Roadhog or Reinhardt, maybe give Zarya a try? Play Scout? Genji or Tracer should work for you, Lucio at a push. Spy I think is the only one with nothing directly comparable, Reaper can serve a similar role but doesn't play in an immediately similar way.

I love that Overwatch's roster is so varied and there's some genuine innovation there but without Team Fortress 2 it's hard to imagine there would have been an Overwatch.
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Doomspoon

10 months ago

In praise of Team Fortress 2's medic Mk II, now with wings. Shaped for confidence, shaped for comfort, shaped for you.
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Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy biggest single-platform launch of the year

Doomspoon

10 months ago

@Spiggy "Absolutely loving Elite Dangerous, put a good few hours in happy in the knowledge that I've barely scratched the surface (of the surface),"

Yet simultaneously you have played it all. I was a Kickstarter backer and played solidly for months, especially that Xmas when both PSN and XBL were hit by the DoS attacks.

It's thoroughly absorbing and looks beautiful at times too. Once you've traded/mined/bounty hunted a bit and done some missions to afford a new ship, improve the cargo capacity/firepower/jump distance etc then that's all there is to it, just rinse and repeat with a bigger ship each time. Part of the hook is to get the next bigger ship and/or go 'there' on the galaxy map or indeed make it to Elite rank in one or all of the three categories.

Again, absorbing while you're at it but leave it for a week, come back and you sort of wonder if you can be bothered anymore.

However, even I was considering buying it again on PS4, or even buying the season pass in the Steam sale as I only have the vanilla game on PC.
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StarCraft Remastered has a release date and price

Doomspoon

10 months ago

@spamdangled Quick, someone tell Nintendo before they release it for N64. Oh, too late.

I think they've done a reasonable job with the Halo Wars games.

I agree though, Starcraft needs a keyboard at least even if you forego the mouse.
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Destiny's Mercury Lighthouse goes dark for good in August

Doomspoon

10 months ago

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We asked a landscape designer to analyse The Witcher 3, Mass Effect and Dishonored

Doomspoon

11 months ago

I'm with those that want more articles like this. Earlier in the week I read an article on a non-gaming site about running the current party manifestos through Democracy 3 link here.

I'd like to see more articles that cover real world aspects and their representation in games.
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Watch: 7 games to play now Dark Souls is done (for now)

Doomspoon

12 months ago

@AzureBonds76 Did you miss it as a PS+ game on PS3?
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Doomspoon

12 months ago

Damn, that's made me add a few games to my wishlist and potentially to my existing backlog. Thanks.
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de Blob arrives on PC, nine years after its original release

Doomspoon

12 months ago

@VirtuaIceMan Thanks for posting this. I was about to make a similar comment about having previously played De Blob on PC.
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Android owners catch a break in this amazing Humble Bundle

Doomspoon

1 year ago

@Murton Not forgetting the Jelly Deals round up that covers US bargains.
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