FallingStickman

As Silent Hill turns 20, we remember why it was great

FallingStickman

3 months ago

@EverilCorwell I am very much aware they weren't good games :D
I guess it was a case of blind brand loyalty ;)
I will say that I played and finished the PS1 Gun Survivor just a few weeks ago. Not a good game, but it did feature the best Tyrant design (according to me, at least) ;)
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FallingStickman

3 months ago

@fabio78 To each their own, of course :)
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FallingStickman

3 months ago

@andystu86 Same here. I even enjoyed the lesser entries in both series - Gun Survivor, Downpour, Homecoming. I was a fiend for anything RE and SH back in the day ;)
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FallingStickman

3 months ago

@fabio78 I very much disagree with the position of Shattered Memories. That game had no redeeming qualities save for the ending. The structure was terribly predictable and the gameplay was lacking. I would put it on number 6. Personally I also liked SH1 more than SH3. I always felt 3 was a bit too much focused on combat. :)
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FallingStickman

3 months ago

Resident Evil 2 is my favourite game of all time, but I really think that it was Silent Hill that was the game changer (no pun intended) for the survival horror genre. The 3d environments, the more mature script, the psychological aspect. Silent Hill brought the genre to a different level.
Would love to see a remake with the same level of commitment and care that RE2 received, but looking at today's Konami that is not going to happen.
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Troubling GOG tweets, a fired CD Projekt employee, and the spectre of GamerGate

FallingStickman

5 months ago

Elaborate please, as maybe I don't follow your trail of though, because given the baby boomers became adults in the 80 - a decade of the most far-reaching socio-political changes I'm not exactly sure on what you're basing that opinion.
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FallingStickman

5 months ago

@dft313 And I would say each generation is right in that - people are getting more and more sensitive, but it has nothing to do with empathy. It's a weakness of character. Kids are simply brought up without having to deal with the difficulty of everyday life and cannot cope with reality.

But getting more tolerant? The right perhaps. Liberals are definitely becoming less tolerant.
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FallingStickman

5 months ago

Come to think of it. If this was the 90's barely anyone would notice, let alone get riled up by those tweets. Some people would roll their eyes, a few people would call him some names and that would be the end of it. People seem to have lost most coping mechanisms for situations they are uncomfortable with. Not sure if I prefer "now" or "then". (It's a trick - of course I prefer then).
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Fallout 76's first major patch is a whopping 47GB on console

FallingStickman

5 months ago

@CaptainTerd Fair enough. But in its defence, the engine CoD games are using, which may be old at its core, still provides very good performance with what it's doing. CoD games are very stable and run well (with some exceptions... like Ghosts on PC, but still). Bethesda's engine? Not so much.
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FallingStickman

5 months ago

@SheepDip82 I will say that I was relatively excited for 76 when it was announced. I'm a fan of the Fallout games (the old ones more so than the Bethesda entries, but still) and I have a friend who's also a big fan, so naturally we wanted to play it together. But after 2 hours with the beta, that was held mere weeks before the release and which was in a disastrous state we figured it's just not worth dealing with all the terrible, terrible choices made with this game. And I'm not just talking about the technical aspects, but everything, from the game's interface to how the story is presented to combat is simply very sub-par.
Not to mention that the quest variety ends after 30 minutes.
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FallingStickman

5 months ago

@DEV_NULL Indeed. The Kotaku article where Jason Schreier is defending Bethesda's comment about using the same engine they've been using since Morrowind for Starfield and TES6 is very telling. He basically made it about semantics of the word "engine" and blamed the controversy on gamers (of course) and said it's all because gamers have a fundamental lack of understanding of how games are made. The article was baffling to me to say the least and was a lot more misleading than Bethesda's quote or even the community's reaction to it.

But I guess this is how the industry and a large portion of the gaming press operate these days. You can't anger the big guys, because the big guys pay for the ads.
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FallingStickman

5 months ago

@Shin1982 That is true. I was very surprised with the Battlefield 5 reviews I've seen so far, as many reviewers seem to be judging the game based on what it might be in 6 months or a year instead of what it is right now. I find that a very weird approach. What if it sells poorly and EA cuts all the funding and it won't get updated at all? What then?
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FallingStickman

5 months ago

@IamUrple Alas, that will probably be the case.
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FallingStickman

5 months ago

I swear, if Bethesda is going to get a pass for Fallout 76 I'll completely lose faith in the gaming industry press.
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We've played the PlayStation Classic, and it's underwhelming

FallingStickman

6 months ago

@mecha-blargh I haven't seen a decent marketing push for PSVR in a long while. It's just kind of there, on the outskirts of the Playstation brand. Kind of like Vita - a good system without the proper backing from Sony.
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FallingStickman

6 months ago

@mostro How am I wrong, exactly?
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FallingStickman

6 months ago

@rep- Nothing is "wrong" with PSVR, just like nothing was wrong with Vita or the PSP. But it's not like Sony is spending a lot of time and effort on improving and promoting it, now is it?
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FallingStickman

6 months ago

I think the state of PlayStation Classic is a general problem in how Sony approaches such things. They focus pretty much entirely on their most successful project (Playstation 4 this time) and they treat everything as an afterthought - a poorly researched experiment they are unwilling to spend enough time and effort to perfect. This was the case with PSP, the Vita, PSN, PS VR, the PocketStation.
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Fallout 76 has built-in speed hacks if you unlock the framerate on PC

FallingStickman

6 months ago

Why would you tie anything to frame rate in an online game?! Look, I get it, Bethesda don't have experience in building online games. And their engine is super-old at this point. But the state of the beta us beyond tragic. This really does feel like Fallout 4 with multiplayer slapped on, with very little thought put into making it a proper online game. The engine can't cope. The interface wasn't good in F4 and is even worse in 76. The combat is floaty and imprecise and there are way too many hugs for a game that is supposed to be released in 2 weeks.
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It's our first look at Henry Cavill as Geralt in Netflix's The Witcher

FallingStickman

6 months ago

I know a lot of people will be saying he looks like that because it's a younger Geralt, that this is just a screen test and a lot of other reason. But let's not beat around the bush here. This is not looking good. Not because it's Cavill, but because it just doesn't look good. This is cosplay level of attention to detail - the wig looks fake, the clothes look fake, even the contact lenses look fake.
I'm just not seeing this working. Hopefully Netflix will prove me wrong.
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Rockstar trumpets $725m Red Dead Redemption 2 sales

FallingStickman

6 months ago

@Foolish_Monkey Sadly, you're probably right.
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FallingStickman

6 months ago

@stuartbecktell What I meant is that those who got paid by the hour, got money for all the extra hours they put in. The idea of unpaid overtime is absurd to me. But then again I live and work in Poland where that's illegal.
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FallingStickman

6 months ago

@Murton I honestly don't know. I would say that those that got hired only for the project are not part of the regular RS staff and got paid by the hour and were not on a salary. But in fairness I have no idea what kind of contracts were in place.
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FallingStickman

6 months ago

@IncredibleBulk I'd agree with you to a degree. If every article, even remotely connected, mentions that particular issue people will eventually get desensitised to it. The impact of the message is lessened if you keep bringing it up.
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FallingStickman

6 months ago

@richtayls It's an interesting question. With high sales the people who worked on the game are more likely to receive bonuses. And the higher the profit, the higher the bonus. On the other hand, the game's success will encourage companies such as Rockstar to maintain their development practices.
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Trine 4 is official and it's out next year

FallingStickman

6 months ago

I hope they make it 2.5D again. We got platinum trophies in 1 and 2 with my wife. We couldn't get into 3 at all.
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Superman Henry Cavill cast as Geralt in Witcher Netflix series

FallingStickman

8 months ago

@averraiher Also, rather ugly.
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Blizzard: there's more to Sylvanas than World of Warcraft cinematics suggest

FallingStickman

8 months ago

@Scottoest Well.... :D
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FallingStickman

8 months ago

@Kvalyr Agreed. I love reading and expanding my knowledge of gaming lore from outside sources, but only if it's supplemental stuff, not things that define core motivations of important characters.

It's silly of Blizzard to think otherwise.
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Sony unveils translucent PS4 Pro to celebrate 500m PlayStations sold

FallingStickman

9 months ago

That looks really nice. I especially like the copper accents.
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ArenaNet fires two Guild Wars 2 writers over Twitter exchange with YouTuber

FallingStickman

10 months ago

@xenoss I don't exactly know how that is different to my original point, and you are right, to a degree. The problem with the hyper-liberals is that they seem to use some sort of selective hypocrisy for themselves. It's not OK to say something that's against their opinion, but it's fine for them to attack other people for it. It's a double standard.

Still, I will say that ArenaNet handled it rather poorly, regardless of whether or not I agree with the decision to fire the writers. Stuff like that should not be conducted in the public forum. It should be an internal thing at the company, because now everyone involved looks bad.
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FallingStickman

10 months ago

@Spiffeh Precisely.
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FallingStickman

10 months ago

"Here's a bit of insight that I legitimately hope he reflects on: she never asked for his feedback. These are our *private* social media accounts - imagine you're an astronomer and you start sharing some things you've learned in the last few months since you began a research project observing Saturn, only to have observation techniques explained to you by a layman."
I don't think those people know what "social" in the "social media" stands for. So what it's a "private" account? If you post anything on social media it's an invitation to a discourse. But of course, these days the only opinion that's valid for them is one that agrees with them. Otherwise you're sexist, a bigot, a racist, a nazi, a misogynist or a misandrist (take your pick).
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Days Gone's E3 demo shows scant signs of life

FallingStickman

11 months ago

@ultra-Shinji What's exactly sad about it? I don't follow. Many games get previewed, but most are previewed with some level of objectivity as an unfinished product presented in a very limited manner. This particular preview is nothing like it and it's trying very hard to establish already, before this production is out, that it's going to be a below average game.
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FallingStickman

11 months ago

I'm starting to see many parallels to The Order 1886 in how some of the press is approaching this game. They seem to have "reviewed" the game already, even though they only sampled a small portion of it. And once the actual review will happen, it's gonna be there just to reinforce the reviewer's opinion on the game they formed with that first sample.
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Konami announced a new Castlevania game

FallingStickman

1 year ago

Is anyone even remotely surprised at this point?
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Why the games media has a diversity problem - this website especially

FallingStickman

1 year ago

@serbaekin Diversity is not BS if it serves a purpose. Diversity for diversity's sake doesn't. I also like how you immediately go for a sexist remark devaluing my opinion on the matter because I'm a guy who doesn't agree with the article. Well done. That definitely proves me wrong.
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FallingStickman

1 year ago

@shehzaanshazabdulla Does hiring people with different backgrounds, gender, sexual orientation and race means text will be written with a different outlook? Yes. Does that make the text automatically better, more relevant or more interesting? No.
As you say yourself - you can't spot if a text was written by a man or a woman, so what difference does it make who wrote it in the first place?

If, while hiring you're biased towards a particular gender that's a poor choice of picking your employees. If you're hiring members of a specific gender just to fill some arbitrary quota, that's just stupid.
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FallingStickman

1 year ago

@kxcii I don't think that proves that at all. I think what it proves is that many people think like me, that diversity for diverity's sake isn't really an answer and that looking to fix that "problem" (which I don't really think is a problem at all) in a artificial way isn't going to make much of a difference.
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FallingStickman

1 year ago

I'd love to see more articles by female writers, but "diversity" is just a buzz word. Hire for qualifications, not for gender, race or social status.
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The new game by LawBreakers studio Boss Key is a 1980s battle royale

FallingStickman

1 year ago

All I can think of when looking at this trailer is - The art director was born in the 90's, wasn't he?
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Dying Light gets a Battle Royale-inspired expansion called Bad Blood in 2018

FallingStickman

1 year ago

So it's basically Escape from Tarkov with zombies instead of NPC soldiers?
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PlayStation Paris Games Week 2017 conference live report

FallingStickman

1 year ago

They'll show first footage from the Resident Evil 2 Rmake and it will be a timed PS4 exclusive! ... One can only dream (about the footage, don't give a crap about an exclusivity).
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The Assassin's Creed series, ranked

FallingStickman

2 years ago

@fabio78 Agreed. I really like Unity. It has probably the best atmosphere out of all the AC games.
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Mugsters is a physics-based adventure perfect for gifs

FallingStickman

2 years ago

Loving the art style. Game looks fun. :)
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Frictional's excellent sci-fi horror game Soma is coming to Xbox One

FallingStickman

2 years ago

Awesome. It's an excellent game. Glad Xbox owners will get to play it.
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Nintendo confirms SNES mini, including never-released Starfox 2

FallingStickman

2 years ago

I look forward to not being able to buy it.
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Far Cry 5 debut trailer teases new setting

FallingStickman

2 years ago

Red State? ;)
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Sources: leaked Assassin's Creed: Origins image is real

FallingStickman

2 years ago

@LightlySalted Actually, an opinion is a point of view about a certain matter that is based on one's judgement of that matter. Whether that judgement is based on fact or a hypothesis is inconsequential. I don't need to operate in facts to form an opinion. So let's not delve into semantics. It's my right to have a point about any aspect of the game, it's production or the company responsible for it. Even if I'm spewing nonsense. People might not like it, people might not agree and I'm fine with that.

People telling me what I can or cannot think, on the other hand, is something that irks me. And if I decide to share that point of view publicly is also not for anyone to decide but me.
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FallingStickman

2 years ago

@Ralek I'm not saying AC4 was a bad game. I'm just saying I found the sailing dull, but I don't claim people didn't find it enjoyable. I know they did.

Also, what you've mentioned. Let's remember that Black Flag didn't start as an Assassin's Creed game at all. I was supposed to be its own thing, but Ubisoft didn't want to take risks with a new IP at the time and decided to make it an AC game to minimise the risks.
So Ubisoft did want to make a pirates game, possibly even start a new franchise.
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