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Overwatch League launches with a bang and dominates Twitch viewing figures

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3 months ago

So with all the money being poured into this, how is 400,000 viewers going to recoup those costs?
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Microsoft pulls PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds ad which ripped off fan

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4 months ago

@Zippity-zap He used IP he doesn't own though. PUBG, Xbox and Microsoft trademarks.
A marketeer just copying the idea behind the ad isn't classy, but I'm not sure if it's illegal or even grounds for compensation of the original artist. No actual artwork was stolen and, like I said, the original artwork uses trademarks owned by Microsoft.
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Publisher blames PUBG for Lawbreakers flopping

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4 months ago

Did they "blame" PUBG or did they say they didn't anticipate the success of PUBG and made an unfortunate business decision there? Quite a different attitude between the two and I'm not sure if I should just trust Eurogamer headlines like that.
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Pokémon Go developer Niantic is relaunching its first augmented reality game Ingress next year

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5 months ago

The concept behind Ingress was pretty cool but I stepped in so late that there was very little I could do as a low level player vs all the highly upgraded portals around my area. Didn't have the time to actually hook up with communities and go out in groups.

If Ingress Prime resets everything, maybe I could get my hand into it again.
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How to fix Star Wars Battlefront 2

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5 months ago

Pausing microtransactions isn't a way to appease the audience. It's a way to lure more people into buying the game and then, right when sales numbers start dipping again, bam, turn over the switch and have the microtransactions pour right back in.
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Watch: Blizzcon reacts to Overwatch's sexism problem

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6 months ago

Haven't personally seen this myself but wanted to add my voice to those condemning the behavior. I do see unnecessary hostility sometimes but thankfully nothing as bad as this. I try to actively speak out against people misbehaving, even if it's just someone spewing out general negativity. I don't feel it helps a lot though. But still, if the other 10 players would speak out as well instead of staying silent or responding in similar terms, then the point might get across.
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No One Lives Forever: The spy shooter that saved Monolith

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7 months ago

Great game. NOLF2 was good too. The Contract J.A.C.K. prequel not so much though.
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A fireside chat with Hearthstone's biggest bosses

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7 months ago

I've been playing since the start and got most relevant Hearthstone cards but haven't payed a dime for the game since pre-ordering The Grand Tournament. I guess for new players it's hard to get into but I also believe that the hard need for spending cash isn't all that large.
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Bungie removes "hate symbol" from Destiny 2

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7 months ago

I think the similarities between the two are only there if you really really really want to see them.
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Firewatch dev threatens Pewdiepie video takedown, following YouTube star's use of N-word

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8 months ago

PewDiePie can be a shitstain like that.

Unrelated to PewDiePie, I find it amusing that when using the word nigger in a descriptive context is still considered insulting by some people. Like this article, it uses the term "n-word". Is it bad to say "You shouldn't call people nigger because that can be offensive"? Should I censor the word nigger there? That's just bollocks.
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Hearthstone is nerfing some of its oldest cards

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8 months ago

@donutdonutdonut Well, Rallying blade is a Pala weapon and Eagle Horn Bow is a Hunter weapon, so Warrior can't use either of those cards.
Kings Defender is a TGT card so can't be used in standard decks anymore.
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Blizzard plans big changes for Overwatch's D.Va

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8 months ago

@masteratt Games currently referenced on the front page:

Grand Turismo
Anno 1800
Fire Emblem Warriors
Gwent
The Crew 2
Final Fantasy 15
Overwatch
Splatoon
Dragon Ball Fighterz
Legend of Zelda
Shenmue 3
Middle Earth: Shadow of War
Age of Empires 4
Biomutant
Arms
Uncharted
Bioshock
Far Cry 5
What Remains of Edith Finch
Star Wars Battlefront 2
Minecraft
Fear Effect
Horizon Zero Dawn
Agents of Mayhem
Battlefield 1
Ruiner
The Sims 4
Puzzle Bobble Journey
Fe
Attack on Titan


Yeah, it's all just Overwatch these days...
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Overwatch console reporting feature arrives with next patch

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8 months ago

Players have complained about this ever since the game came out last May.
It wasn't last may. It was may last year. Time flies eh :)
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8 months ago

I've never played any game on an Xbox One or PS4, but on the Xbox 360 you could report players via XBox Live. Never done this so I have no experience with how effective it is, but is something like that not available on XB1/PS4 or do those reports end up in the shredder somewhere in the bowels of MS/Sony HQ?
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Project Cars 2 sets new standards for the racing genre

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8 months ago

@clarkec321 Yeeeeahhhh, that still makes no sense. Why would Project Cars suddenly be different in split screen? If you've got a beefy enough system to keep the framerate up and a nicely sized screen then I really don't see the problem, especially not with the advent of 4K gaming.
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9 months ago

@clarkec321 What do art-style and physics have to do with whether or not you're playing in split-screen?

In my mind split-screen is just a way of delivering the experience to multiple people at once on the same screen. It has nothing to do with how a game visually looks. *shrug*
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9 months ago

@pelican_ Absolutely not. There's still nothing better than playing a game with a friend or friends who's in the same room as you are, even if that means splitting the screen in two or four.

I remember playing Mario Kart Double Dash on the GameCube with the LAN adapter so two 4-way split GameCubes could interconnect allowing 8 players into the game at once. It was glorious.

Best thing of course is the old school LAN party where everyone brings their own PC and hooks up to a LAN.
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Nintendo confirms SNES mini, including never-released Starfox 2

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10 months ago

I'm so boycotting this thing.
Nintendo is knowingly screwing their own customers over with their artificial shortage strategy. These things are already put up on EBay for more than the original selling price. The only people who are profiting from this are people who want to earn money over the backs of genuine fans. Nintendo should just produce enough of these things to settle demand to prevent bullshit like this from happening.
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Transistor and Bastion successor Pyre sets summer release date

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11 months ago

@dean0null Same here. Couldn't get myself to finish Transistor while I adored Bastion.
Either way, this new game is guaranteed to get us a fantastic new soundtrack to listen to. I occasionally still listen to both Bastion and Transistor's soundtracks on Spotify.
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Valve hired former Kerbal Space Program developers

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11 months ago

Maybe I misunderstood, but I was under the impression that Valve hired a number of (ex-)Squad members and didn't buy Squad itself. So Kerbal Space Program is still property of Squad and they'll continue the development of that game. Valve is only hiring people who helped build KSP.
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Bethesda lawyers force name change on indie game Prey for the Gods

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12 months ago

Holy crap, after watching that incredibly awesome trailer I can only *thank* Bethesda for turning my attention towards this game.
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Gears of War movie is still go, gets Avatar screenwriter

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12 months ago

@smelltheglove I recently watched the movie Spectral and the art direction there was very Gears-of-War-ish, so I kept thinking that hey, if a GoW movie took this visual style and amped it up a little, then that might actually work out pretty good.
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Activision shows off side-by-side comparison of its Crash Bandicoot remake

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12 months ago

What struck me most about these videos is how impressive the original game still looks. Definitely a testament to the great art direction for that game.

edit:
woah, look like I'm not alone in this sentiment :)
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Images of Junction Point's cancelled Half-Life 2 episode reveal a snowy Ravenholm

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1 year ago

@arcam To be honest, the Opposing Force expansion for HL1 revisited the teleporter chamber that Gordon Freeman used in HL1 to teleport to Xen. Back then I thought it was totally awesome to return to the same area from a different POV (I still think it's a pretty good idea when done tastefully)
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Nintendo: Super Mario Run sales "did not meet our expectations"

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1 year ago

@helbertpina you can if the iOS devices share the same Apple ID login. You can create individual Nintendo accounts on each device and they will individually keep track of progress and toad race results
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Why Nintendo Switch games are ending up more expensive

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1 year ago

@Wayne That's not a fair comparison. With SD cards, the SD card is the product itself in its entirety. It needs to make a profit on its own.

There's a certain amount of money it costs to produce the SD card and a certain amount of money that's added on top of that due to the supply chain that ends at the retail store. An SD card that costs €1 to make gets sold at €20 because of this.

With games, however, you can cut away the entire supply chain cost because that's *already there*. You have the same supply chain for disc-based games as well, so this will not add any extra cost to your Switch game. Additionally, the cartridge itself doesn't need to make a profit, the content on that cartridge will bring the profit. So you could basically sell the cartridge for purely the production cost.

So strictly speaking, that's what we're looking at here: the difference in production costs between a bluray disc and a Nintendo Switch cartridge. I highly doubt that accounts for 10 quid.
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Blizzard stuns with big hint Doomfist is not the next Overwatch hero

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1 year ago

@Sildur And yet we've received 2 new heroes, 2 new maps, 4 special events (olympics, halloween, winter, chinese new year), arcade mode (with various brawl modes, 1v1, 3v3, mystery heroes, etc), Lucio Ball, Dr Junkenstein's horde mode, Mei's snowball thingy, Capture the rooster and we still have another 2 heroes (or more) and a very customizable custom games mode in the pipeline.

What do you mean it takes far too long for Blizzard to keep the game updated with new content? We've had tons of new content in the past 10 months.
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1 year ago

Blizzard (I think Jeff Kaplan himself) already said they learned from the backlash against Sombra's ARG so they're going to announce heroes closer to release.
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Nintendo Switch Street Fighter 2 first-person mode looks janky

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1 year ago

Street Fighter 2?

Street Fighter 2!
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Nintendo: Switch launch day "not be-all and end-all"

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1 year ago

Oh shit, I thought Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 and Arms were all releaseday titles. It's even worse than I imagined :cry:
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Let's compare and contrast the US and European Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild box art

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1 year ago

Link's right-handed for good now?
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Blizzard apologises for Mei's divisive winter wardrobe

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1 year ago

@Nikanoru tl;dr the people complaining about this are a bunch of entitled crybabies.
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Hearthstone bug is manifesting way too many duplicate cards

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1 year ago

@ambershee just going out on a limb here, but maybe they try to evenly distribute cards for the various classes as well, so you don't end up with many Warlock cards but no Paladin cards for example? Then the tri-class cards getting messed up sounds not all that illogical.
Pure speculation though.

You seem to assume Blizzard is rigging things in their favour, but even if cards are distributed through some algorithm, then that might be done to balance things more fairly.

For example, did you know most shuffle functions on mp3 players aren't entirely random? They try to avoid playing the same song twice in a short time span, because to humans, getting the same song twice back-to-back feels very un-random.

I'll leave this here: http://dilbert.com/strip/2001-10-25
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Big Battlefield 2 mod Project Reality adds the Falklands War

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1 year ago

The "Battlefield 2" reference in the title had me seriously confused for a moment, but then I realized that, like all logical things, Battlefield 2 came before Battlefield 1.
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Steam users have already declared the winner in the great coaster sim war

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1 year ago

Whenever I see RCTW I read it as RTCW and have fond memories of Return to Castle Wolfenstein bubbling up in my mind, which are then shattered by the realization that it says RCTW instead :(
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Where's our Watch Dogs 2 review?

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1 year ago

@superfurry "Really don't like the idea of delaying reviews to allow publishers time to 'fix' their games."

I think it's great how Eurogamer is handling it. They're not giving the game an unfair review due to technical issues, but they are reporting that there are technical issues that is keeping them from reviewing the game. If they hadn't done the latter, it'd be questionable, but right now, I think Eurogamer is doing the exact right thing.
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Picture of new Overwatch character Sombra found on Blizzard servers

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2 years ago

When Sombra is released, she'll come with a legendary Half-Life 3 themed skin
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The Old Republic's latest trailer is better than many Star Wars movies

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2 years ago

Looks absolutely phenomenal.
The game itself is a bit poo I assume?
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Watch: Why I'm not sticking with No Man's Sky

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2 years ago

@Spence1115 "They made ridiculous promises like the giant space battles and everything looking so very different. But from an indie dev I don't expect that to actually happen, not at launch at least."

But that doesn't make it alright. If an indie studio is promising giant space battles, then there'd better be giant space battles. If there aren't any, then that's still misleading, even if they patch it in 6 months after release (unless they've been clear about this from the start, which Hello Games hasn't).

"To me, No Man's Sky is still in early access state, and should have been priced as such. I don't think people would have cared as much if this was only £20 or something with new features incoming."

Yes, you're right, if this was 20 quid and labelled as "early access", no one would have a problem with the game because of exactly that. But it is not. It is full price and not early access. That's why people are having a problem with it.

I don't see why we should be more forgiving of indie studios. If they make promises and don't deliver on them, especially if they don't admit to not making true on their promises, then that is something to be held against the developer. If this would've been developed by an EA, Ubisoft or Activision studio, you'd be tearing them a new one in here.
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2 years ago

@Spence1115 "The problem was this got overhyped like mad. It. Is. An. Indie. Game. Full price or not, its an indie game, and so what we got was exactly what I expected, regardless of the hype and the over promises."

Why is "indie" being of any relevance here? I've played heaps of indie games that were fantastic experiences and exactly delivered on their promises.

In other words: a shit game is still a shit game, indie or not.
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A new PC mod fixes one of No Man's Sky's most frustrating traits

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2 years ago

Is the draw distance really that bad in this game?
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The Walking Dead's third season screens shows off Telltale's improved engine

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2 years ago

Maybe I'm just lucky, but I had no problems playing both TWD season and The Wolf Among Us on Xbox 360 or Game of Thrones on PC
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Feast your eyes on the best Overwatch fan art around

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2 years ago

I LOVE both junkrat pics
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Watch: Six terrible games from awesome developers

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2 years ago

Half-Life 3. That game is just terrible.
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Steam game's £27 DLC is a PDF certificate

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2 years ago

I'm sure there's a generation of gamers reading this that has no clue what the horse armor reference is about. Oh how times have changed :)
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Murky world of PC game key reselling exposed by indie developer

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2 years ago

I always thought sites like G2A were a little shady, so I've always refrained from buying stuff there.
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No Man's Sky studio settles "secret, stupid" three-year Sky lawsuit

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2 years ago

@LaurencD
The issue is that in some jurisdictions, failure to defend your name can lead to people being legally allowed to use that name for anything. Its a stupid thing that means companies have to do this, or they risk allowing a much more dodgy use of the word Sky to be permitted.
That's a bollocks reason. First of all, the use of the term "Sky" here is a clear reference to, well, the sky. I don't think Sky broadcasting would ever lose their trademark over someone releasing a product with the word "sky" in there that is a clear and unambiguous reference to the sky.

Also, nowhere does it say that you have to pursue a 3 year lasting legal deal to keep the rights to your trademark. Sky broadcasting could've given their explicit approval of the term "sky" without the involvement of armies of lawyers. It would still indicate they're actively trying to control the trademark and limit its use, which is all that's needed to retain the rights to your trademark.

Also, I wouldn't be surprised if that sort of litigation is aimed primarily at trademark sharks, who register a trademark and then sit on it hoping some big company will come along and beg them for it.
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Gay-themed games Hurt Me Plenty, Succulent, and Stick Shift are now on Steam

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2 years ago

@bitteroceania I was about to post the same thing.
I think that if these games were about non-gay sexual interactions and weren't wrapped in some kind of political statement, people would be crying outrage.
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There are some pretty wild theories about what's going on in Kojima's Death Stranding

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2 years ago

Shame he hasn't got a theory on the meaning behind the baby. When I first saw the scar on his belly, I thought of a kind of weird type of C-section.
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Overwatch PC performance graphics guide

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2 years ago

It's amazing how well this game scales down to old hardware. I play this on a 2 year old laptop with some crappy radeon m GPU in there and while I need to dial every setting down (even to 75% render scaling at 1080p), it runs at a near constant 30fps which, while not ideal, makes the game very well playable. The game still looks acceptable to me.

This laptop struggles with the likes of Heroes of the Storm and even Doom 3 BFG edition didn't run as smooth.
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