DrRobotnik

Xbox Game Pass revives Xbox One's digital vision - without the evil

DrRobotnik

3 months ago

@pelican_ The problem is music is cheap to produce and the content doesn't (and didn't) really change (just the business model around it). If you lower the cost of entry to games, the profits tighten on an already squeezed industry, all the money flows through platform and service providers (rather than developers), and risks lessen because people can't afford to make them.
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EA DICE is reworking the Star Wars Battlefront 2 progression system

DrRobotnik

3 months ago

@polaris70 ZZZZZZZZZZZ

Standalone, single player or local multiplayer games should absolutely be free of any kind of MTX, but multiplayer games that require servers are an ongoing cost that perpetuates for as long as that game is active.

Players don't buy DLC or map packs anymore, and that revenue has to come from somewhere. Yes, there could be an initial profit from sales, but that's essentially saying that a game that sells well but fades fast is going to be more profitable that one which has longevity, because the game that fades has no ongoing costs.

Like it or not, that issue has to be reconciled somehow. Cosmetics aren't always enticing enough, but they are a valid option. Others could/should be explored.
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Publisher blames PUBG for Lawbreakers flopping

DrRobotnik

4 months ago

@doplerradar amazing considering Cliffy left during early Fortnite development. Although that game doesn't resemble the current version at all.
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Ubisoft is giving away Assassin's Creed: Black Flag for free next week on PC

DrRobotnik

5 months ago

@goggamanxp yep. Bashing uplay is old hat.
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Star Citizen is selling virtual plots of land for up to 96 a pop

DrRobotnik

5 months ago

@ShiftyGeezer Have you seen their burn rate? If they stopped taking in 'donations' they would be bankrupt within two months.
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UK Gambling Commission weighs in on how it can - and can't - regulate in-game loot boxes

DrRobotnik

5 months ago

@Insomnica they can apply the law. That's what they're there for. That's what they're doing.

If the laws need changing, that's a government level issue, not the gambling commission.
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EA is buying Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment

DrRobotnik

6 months ago

@Seigneur-Hellequin You forget, many of the Respawn team (all off the original 40 or so that started the company) have significant share options, so they are mostly doing VERY well out of this, and likely aren't in any state to need to update their CVs.
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Sony unveils new "five adventure" PS4 Pro bundle, just as Xbox One X arrives

DrRobotnik

6 months ago

Calling it a 4k console is a little bit rich, no?
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Call of Duty: WW2 review

DrRobotnik

6 months ago

"Aside from a couple of weak driving sections and a final mission that could have done with a few less Panzerschreck"

THIS! I don't play FPSs to be shoved in a slow-ass tank doing 5mph for an hour pf painfully slow movement and dull shooting. Stop putting arbitrary vehicle sections into shooters, or at least make them optional. They are so RARELY worth the effort and almost always the weakest part of campaign.

EDIT: Halo is an obvious exception to this.
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Here's a decent look at Star Wars: Battlefront 2's single-player campaign

DrRobotnik

6 months ago

@DoctorOak I read it as "we're moving away from uncharted, and towards destiny".
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DrRobotnik

6 months ago

Several things...

Firstly, this isn't a look at single player - it's a medley of cutscenes. It's not gameplay.

Secondly, loot boxes exist because people buy them in DROVES. If you don't like them, stop paying for them. The reality is though, the entire under-20 crowd have grown up on integrated MTX to single player games, so get used to it - they aint goin' nowhere.
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The sad, slow death of Lego Dimensions

DrRobotnik

6 months ago

Well, now that the packs will be on sale, time to stock up on some cool character lego.

Never played it, but bought the portal pack because, well, it's portal.
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First look at Jurassic World Evolution in-game footage

DrRobotnik

7 months ago

This is not a look at gameplay.

In fact, even in-game gameplay shot from different angles is not 'gameplay'.

Gameplay is what you see when you're playing the actual game. Nothing less.
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Westwood's Blade Runner is an all-time classic in danger of being forgotten

DrRobotnik

7 months ago

God this game was incredible.
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The doors close on The Chinese Room - for now

DrRobotnik

7 months ago

@cawley1 This isn't true though. Winning BAFTAs doesn't bring you more sales.

- Esther sold well (860k)
- A Machine for pigs sold poorly for a sequel (580k vs 3.4m for Dark Descent)
- Rapture sold terribly on PC (30k).

That's the danger of working from game to game. If you don't make regular hits, you're finished.
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89-rated Gareth Bale drops out of top 10 players for FIFA 18

DrRobotnik

8 months ago

Higuain in the top ten? Really?
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PewDiePie apologises for racial slur

DrRobotnik

8 months ago

"I'm really sorry if I offended, hurt or disappointed anyone"

This is where you separate those who take responsibility for things they say, and those who just wish they hadn't been caught.

When you know you've done something wrong, you apologise for what you HAVE done, not what you MIGHT have done.

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Five Nights at Freddy's dev announces, cancels next game

DrRobotnik

10 months ago

You've got to be in it, to bin it.
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Former Limbo and Inside dev reveals side-scrolling sci-fi adventure Somerville

DrRobotnik

10 months ago

So not from the developer of Limbo/Inside at all - literally or figuratively.

Dino is not a developer - he's a business guy. Nor did Playdead develop this game.

It looks great, but the title is misleading.
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GAME hikes price of SNES mini in-store deposit from 10 to 50

DrRobotnik

10 months ago

Deposit isn't the issue. Being able to buy more than one is the problem. Limit purchases per user - limit scalping.
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Ubisoft's pirate ship game Skull & Bones has a narrative campaign, too

DrRobotnik

10 months ago

Sounds half baked. I hope not.
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Sega's back catalogue is headed to mobile with Sega Forever

DrRobotnik

10 months ago

@basiclee Says someone who clearly doesn't play mobile games.

Most manage just fine with virtual controls.
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I'm not sure what David Cage is trying to say with Detroit

DrRobotnik

10 months ago

"I'm not sure what David Cage is trying to say"

/article.
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Struggling Kickstarter Project Rap Rabbit finally shows prototype gameplay

DrRobotnik

11 months ago

It is a crazy amount of money for what amounts to a rhythm game.
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DayZ just got its most meaningful update in months

DrRobotnik

11 months ago

@mushi_mush Hahaha. That made me laugh. Then I thought you might be serious.
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Sources: leaked Assassin's Creed: Origins image is real

DrRobotnik

12 months ago

With a working title like Empire, I'd love to see Ancient Egypt and areas of Greece and Rome - it would be perfect timing to crossover with some dastardly Emperors.

Would love to sneak into the Coliseum to deal an assination.
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Bethesda lawyers force name change on indie game Prey for the Gods

DrRobotnik

12 months ago

What they mean to say is losing control of it. Not losing it outright. In that sense they are correct.

If they don't contest it, people can make games with confusingly similar names. This isn't one of those games of course, but that doesn't matter according to the law.
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DrRobotnik

12 months ago

@thelatestmodel sadly, that's exactly what they must do, otherwise someone could make a game called Prey: Origins, Prey Two or Prey: The beginning and they'd have no recourse, as they'd have not contested the trademark on a less problematic name.

Like they said (and very honestly at that), sadly that's how US trademark law works.
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The Sexy Brutale's first retail run has an amusing misstep in its manual

DrRobotnik

1 year ago

I have original Lord of the rings action figures from two towers whose box is miscoloured as fellowship green instead of TT yellow. That shit is staying boxed up.
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FIFA 17 is coming to EA and Origin Access this month

DrRobotnik

1 year ago

@VideoGameAddict25 It'll now do the thing only FIFA does on an annual basis - have its core game drop from 20 to 2 on the second hand market. Every. Single. Year.
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Sources: Nintendo to launch SNES mini this year

DrRobotnik

1 year ago

Release an N64 mini and I will give Nintendo ALL THE MONEY.
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British terror hoaxer charged after US gamer shot by cops

DrRobotnik

1 year ago

@_TheDarkSide_ he should get what he deserves, no doubt, but I'm not at all in favour of treating one person harsher to put off other people. The crime is the crime. They should all be treated equally harshly.
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Dishonored 2 is getting a lengthy free trial this week

DrRobotnik

1 year ago

Why are demos now suddenly called trials?
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Dean Hall reveals his new game Stationeers at EGX Rezzed

DrRobotnik

1 year ago

Can someone explain to me why Dean Hall is taking all the shit for Day Z, when it's Bohemia Interactive who are taking your money and not updating the game?

Honest question.
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Images of Junction Point's cancelled Half-Life 2 episode reveal a snowy Ravenholm

DrRobotnik

1 year ago

So that's interesting. they hired ppl to make episode 3 and 4, which explains why they never did anything themselves.

Ah well. We move on I guess.
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Ubisoft just banned thousands of For Honor AFK farmers

DrRobotnik

1 year ago

I still think a much better idea would be to funnel all the cheaters into cheating-only playlists.

Let them play, just make them play with other cheats. Multiplayer would be hell.
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The original Xbox turns 15 in Europe

DrRobotnik

1 year ago

@peterfll I did the same! Freebies and all :D
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DrRobotnik

1 year ago

@FASELI I won a copy of Moto GP from the Official Xbox magazine back in the day, for writing a user review of Enter the Matrix :D

(I gave it 7/10)
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Hearthstone fans aren't happy with UK price rises

DrRobotnik

1 year ago

"Two-pack purchase doubles in cost."

No, no it doesn't. 1.99 - 2.99 is a 50% increase, not double.
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Ion, the space survival game by Dean Hall and Improbable, is dead

DrRobotnik

1 year ago

@xRiska Justified how? Because he wanted to start his own business and his previous creation was owned by another company?

Grow up.
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DrRobotnik

1 year ago

Wow... there are some TIRED jokes being thrown around here.

Anyone here actually KNOW what happened between Hall and Improbable? No? right then - Clearly the blame is not all Hall's, else you'd have heard as much. Sounds like priorities changed for both parties. Nothing unusual in that.

Most of the time when games get cancelled, you don't hear about it. You don't hear who was involved or why it broke down. And let me tell you something for nothing - it is almost never the responsibility of a single person, however famous or influential.

EDIT: But of course, people love to have someone to blame, and it seems nobody is capable of crafting a reasonable response.
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Developer hits back at claims his Steam game rips off Banjo-Kazooie and Yooka-Laylee

DrRobotnik

1 year ago

@Der_tolle_Emil 100% agree. I'm not comfortable with these extended news stories that seem to exist only to knock down an amateur dev who's trying to make a game.

It's not like he's doing a Unity asset-grab and cheating his way to an EA release. It might be inspired by, but as others have said - the quality has nothing to do with whether or not it's a homage/rip off.
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Why Halo's biggest problem may be Halo itself

DrRobotnik

1 year ago

343 changed Halo irrevocably when they decided to make the enemies mostly robots instead of aliens, and made Cortana an enemy.

C&C's interaction is what makes the earlier games fun.
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DrRobotnik

1 year ago

@SonicSP That Halo 5 didn't have split screen is what ultimately turned me off the series.
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Why Valve has no interest in making console games

DrRobotnik

1 year ago

@David_Semperger you can update your game on Steam literally whenever you want. As a developer you have the ability to basically do anything to your game. Valve don't vet your updates.
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FIFA YouTuber who ran illegal gambling site addresses controversy

DrRobotnik

1 year ago

YouTube should shut down his channel. Amazed this hasn't happened.
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YouTuber pleads guilty to FIFA gambling charges

DrRobotnik

1 year ago

I'm more than a little curious as to how Syndicate has managed to avoid prosecution thus far, having done basically the same thing, from what I can gather? May be wrong.
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How Valve found Portal

DrRobotnik

1 year ago

@mushi_mush Expect it. Valve have said publicly that they are working on VR games. This is a no brainer.
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Mass Effect Andromeda trailer showcases new aliens, another squadmate

DrRobotnik

1 year ago

I'm in the same boat as many others here... I ADORE the Mass Effect series, but this is looking totally underwhelming.

The main character looks bland and unlikable. The dialogue is horrible. The graphics look weird and cartoony.

I bet it's not much fun at Bioware at the moment, seeing the reactions to the game as launch approaches. There is just so much wrong with the way the game has been marketed.
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Here's what Dishonored 2's Custom Difficulties let you adjust

DrRobotnik

1 year ago

Love this idea.
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