Frosty840

PlayStation Vita production winding down

Frosty840

5 days ago

@bellybouncer Yeah, Vita data management really was, and remains, bloody awful.
Worst is the games that delete their savegames when you uninstall them, but refuse to back up to the cloud for whatever reason. Vexing and pointless.
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Kingdom Hearts 3 director 'reconsidering' simultaneous worldwide releases after leak

Frosty840

4 weeks ago

@Flubbing1 Well, a slightly different take on it is that the Japanese are the "real" players and the danger to the "real" players is increased if "other" players have the chance to get their hands on the games at the same time as "real" players.
The statement then makes sense. It says something very Japan-centric about Nomura's thinking, but it makes sense...
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Trials Rising's leaderboards and user-created tracks will be cross-platform

Frosty840

1 month ago

Oh good. Now all the console platforms will have to deal with the irritation of having the first 18,000 places on the leaderboards being script kiddies with a time of 0.00 seconds on every level, just the same as every other leaderboard-based PC game.
Huzzah!
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Ubisoft sorry for shock Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC twist which ignores player choice

Frosty840

1 month ago

@BlueLiving "players will be able to choose their motivations behind this particular narrative depending on their sexual preferences"
It's all pretty cut and dried isn't it? The played-as-gay characters are, presumably, going to be given enough room in the storyline to have elected to have pursued the controversial relationship for non-attraction-based reasons. Presumably the relationship will be painted as one which the player character may have entered for reasons of subterfuge, and will give players the choice of having been pretending their affections the entire time. Potentially other scenarios for asexuals, aromantics and the hardcore childless (not sure if they've got a particular brand association).
Obviously this subterfuge will have been more unpleasant for those characters not being roleplayed as being of a heterosexual bent, but such are the sacrifices that must be made for important plot reasons.

Honestly, this "mistake" screams of an attempt to generate just this kind of clickbaity article headline, with a bonus clickbait headline coming along in "Third DLC installment resolves SHOCKING TWIST of previous DLC installment with ANOTHER SHOCKING TWIST! You won't believe what the second shocking twist is!"
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Awesome Games Done Quick raises whopping $2.39m for charity

Frosty840

1 month ago

@JonFE I don't think it was cut short. He overran his estimate because of some awful luck, but the fastest route through the game involves taking an ingame choice not to fight the final boss (saving time by not fighting) so that's what he did.
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Fallout 76 players are "server hopping" to speed up the endgame grind

Frosty840

3 months ago

@MeatInjector I am sure that what you've said is correct, but the actions you describe —deliberately repeating a minute or so of XP-farming one-shotting endless times over the course of two hours— simply to get to an "endgame" where they can server hop to gather a bunch of other resources, to not really have an enjoyable game to use those high-level end-game resources in just seem like the actions of someone with serious mental health issues rather than the actions of someone playing games for fun.
I know there's a lot of very simplistic Skinner-boxes surrounding fun-bereft mobile "gaming" experiences these days, but just because Fallout 76 is a big, fairly elaborate Skinner box doesn't mean that's not what it is.
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December's PlayStation Plus games include SOMA and Onrush

Frosty840

3 months ago

Oh, another free copy of SOMA. Saw it Let's Play'd, felt the story's major plot points were so transparent I kept waiting for the "real" story to emerge but, no, it really was that simplistic and predicated on the main character being that oblivious.
Fine. I'm used to PS+ getting trash dumped into it for months at a time.

The rest of the lineup seems pretty strong though. Might finally get around to finishing Papers, Please if I've got it on a handheld.
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EGX comes home to London next year

Frosty840

3 months ago

@LaurencD I think the outfit behind the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) bought Gamer Network a while back.
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After five years of Steam early access, Maia launches proper tonight

Frosty840

3 months ago

Never really got into the Early Access of this game, after trying a few very early didn't-contain-a-game-yet builds. It'll be nice to see how development has panned out.
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The Flip Grip unleashes one of the Switch's best features

Frosty840

3 months ago

I've always thought the Switch could do with some official vertical support so that we can continue to get new games in the Etrian Odyssey series.
Still waiting on a hardware revision that turns it into a DS4, tbh. Let's see that foldable screen tech, Nintendo.
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New report reveals concern within Blizzard about Activision relationship

Frosty840

3 months ago

@rep- You get more frequent Blizzard releases by spending more money on more developers so that Blizzard can work on more projects at the same time and release them when they're ready.
You get more frequent Activision releases by slashing development costs and innovation, and releasing cookie-cutter games every year according to the release schedule no matter whether they're finished, fun or welcome.

Pick one.
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Shopkeeping action-RPG Moonlighter is coming to Switch this November

Frosty840

4 months ago

@GoldenLion54 Totally concur with that assessment. It's far shallower than Recettear, with only one playable adventurer character, very little narrative or characterisation beyond "cardboard indie game silent protagonist", and all the tension drained out of the shopkeeper mode.
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Frosty840

4 months ago

I bought Moonlighter on the PC a few updates back and it seemed incredibly lightweight and featureless.
This seems like a weird twist on an Early Access title; "Finish" and release the game, then add in "post-release features". Which is functionally identical to getting an early alpha up on Early Access and throwing features in in the coming months. Only difference is that this title has released at full price, whereas Early Access titles tend to ramp up their prices as features are implemented.
Sounds like a neat little con in my opinion.

Anyway, the game's got nothing on Recettear, if you ask me. Capitalism, ho!
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Fortnite YouTubers sued by Epic for promoting sale of cheats

Frosty840

4 months ago

@seanlowther "Hacking into" computer systems is one thing, but I'd expect that these applications merely feed specifically shaped data to servers the users have gained lawful access to.

The relevant section under UK law would likely be the Computer Misuse Act 1990, section 3,

This subsection applies if the person intends by doing the act—
(a)to impair the operation of any computer;
(b)to prevent or hinder access to any program or data held in any computer;
(c)to impair the operation of any such program or the reliability of any such data;
(d)to enable any of the things mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (c) above to be done.
Now, I'd argue that a program that feeds specifically shaped data to a server without crashing it doesn't impair its operation, doesn't prevent access to the program or data, and doesn't impair the operation of a program or the reliability of its data.
It might be that the shaped packets are doing things the writers of the code didn't intend to allow for them to do, but accepting that as a legal argument really would just be criminalising users for running code the programmers had left bugs in.

I don't think it'd work as a defence, because the CMA is a big ol' fucking bulldozer of a law, but I really don't think that feeding unwanted data to a server should be illegal, and that the Fortnite developers should have to live with the consequences of their crappy coding until they fix it.

__EDIT:__ Also, not a UK case etc, etc.
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Nintendo surprises Switch Online subscribers with stealth release of a "souped-up" The Legend of Zelda

Frosty840

5 months ago

@Saltedfish I don't think Netflix-style, all-you-can-eat offers are bad, per se, but none of them work for my lifestyle; not PS Now, not Netflix itself, not MMO subscriptions.
Given that this lack as it applies to MMO subscriptions has never been resolved or even improved, I am extremely wary of other avenues that open up to the same situation without alternatives.
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Toys R Us comeback tease infuriates former unpaid staff

Frosty840

5 months ago

It's not great for all the former employees who lost out, but putting this story on a gaming website feels a bit tenuous.
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A brief history of drug use in video games

Frosty840

5 months ago

No mention of Carmageddon's glorious "DRUGS!!!" powerup? For shame. Do try and find a video of that eye-battering mess somewhere...
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Transformational patch released for co-op shoot-'em-up I Hate Running Backwards

Frosty840

5 months ago

My nerdish brain is rebelling at the use of the descriptive term "voxel-y" to describe this game.
Aside from Lexaloffle's actually-voxel-based Voxatron I can't really see that this game has much of the voxel about it.
I think the term Bertie might've been looking for was "3D primitive" (cubes, pyramids, spheres) which in fairness sounds both awkward and insulting even though it would actually be neither, but "voxel" isn't really a proper substitute.

Wish I had something to add about the game itself but my time seems more limited than ever these days and my backlog stretches years, if not decades, into the future, so I'll be saving my pennies and sticking to one of the several games of this type I've doubtless already got somewhere in my backlog...
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EA reportedly under criminal investigation in Belgium due to FIFA's loot boxes

Frosty840

6 months ago

@geddy1976 No, that's really not how laws work.
Much as I dislike EA being disingenuous about their gambling engines, if the Belgian politicians have failed to clearly define EA's actions as illegal then the fault lies with the law, not with EA, and EA can carry on with their heinous exploitation of vulnerable people, because it's the Belgian lawmakers who have failed to make EA's actions illegal.
Despite being very much against lootboxes, I am very much in favour of clear and well-defined legislation, and if EA's actions are actually legal then I'm all in favour of Belgian politicians being forced back to the drafting table to write their laws properly.
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Up to 70% off Xbox 'Play Anywhere' titles today

Frosty840

6 months ago

What the hell is supposed to be in the Forza "ultimate" edition that's worth thirty quid over the base game?
At a guess, it's going to be cars that once upon a time would've been available in the main game, but are now part of the modern-day DLC factory that is "triple-A" gaming.
I look at games like this and my immediate reaction is to just avoid the DLC treadmill altogether. That and a disgusted "how did we reach this strange and alien place?" snort of derision, but I suppose that's a given.
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The games industry needs unions - and these are the people trying to make it happen in the UK

Frosty840

7 months ago

@PointingOut It's not a question of advocating that, it's a question of pointing out that, in today's globalised marketplace, creating worker protections, such as unions, simply encourages companies that can do so to relocate to areas where workers are not protected.
This is the kind of problem that needs to be solved at the EU level by bringing in EU-wide protections for software developers so that that can't happen. Pointing out that the problem can't be solved at a country level isn't advocating continuing the problem, merely noting that the solution must be applied at a different level.
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Frosty840

7 months ago

Well, it's a nice idea, but union-busting in software development, particularly when it comes to Western European games development, involves upping sticks and outsourcing development to the Czech Republic. Prague is doing amazing business being an international centre for software development outsourcing.
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Sylvanas just murdered loads of innocent Night Elves and now World of Warcraft fans are in crisis

Frosty840

7 months ago

I don't follow WoW in the slightest and yet I'm pretty sure that even I heard about one of the developers saying "Don't immediately hate on Sylvanas for what's about to happen, there's a balance to this storyline." weeks before today.
People really need to calm down these days.
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The Californian sent to save Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl from development hell

Frosty840

7 months ago

An interesting story, but pretty bare-bones. Presumably Dean didn't get his hands into the code of Stalker —not his job— and he was just there to finally project-manage Stalker from daydreaming Molyneux-code into an actual product. "You don't like me, I don't like you, but get your stupid game finished and I'll get out of your country and you'll never have to see me again."

Going from there to being CEO of 4A games —particularly when his involvement began with nothing more than "Hey guys, you gotta see this!"— sounds like it could be a more interesting story.
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Lost in your own house: memories of 1000 Amps

Frosty840

7 months ago

@riceNpea The place I've recently moved to has wiring so laughably dreadful I don't even need to bother getting it tested; even I can tell it's all fucked. Half of it is from the 1950s. Some/most of this stuff really should be illegal.
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ArenaNet fires two Guild Wars 2 writers over Twitter exchange with YouTuber

Frosty840

8 months ago

@Return-of-Jafar Indeed. If I use the @frosty840 twitter account (which I believe I created at one point), then it's a fairly anonymous, "private" twitter account, accountable to and associated with nobody until and unless someone datamines my identity out of my Internet history.
If I'm @[some real name], publicly known as the lead developer of #SomeGameYou'veNeverHeardOf, then I've tied that twitter account irretrievably to my real-life identity, and have to deal with the consequences of being drunk in public, or whatever other idiocy I decide I need to engage in on a leading social media platform.

People seem to think that twitter is some kind of "in the privacy of your own home" platform, and it simply isn't.
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Frosty840

8 months ago

@node I don't think you've really read the story, or even the tweets.
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Sony: VR market growth "below expectation"

Frosty840

9 months ago

@eshy76 I've had similar conversations with a coworker of mine, and honestly you (and him) just sound like an absolute looney.
"Transcendent"? Transcendent as in "beyond or above the range of normal or physical human experience"? You can move and look around a bit. What the heck is supposed to be "transcendent" about that?

The whole thing isn't much more than a set of slightly-better-than-Wii waggle-based controllers; the impact of putting a display in your peripheral vision instead of the forefront of your vision, so that stuff can surprise you; and some fairly spiffy camera controls.

It's certainly more immersive than sitting on the couch —mostly due to the fact that you're moving around quite a bit instead of sitting on the couch— but, for the most part, it's also got the distinct disadvantage that it doesn't let you sit on the couch.

It's always going to be a niche market because even if people were sold on the idea of forking out hundreds of quid for a magic techno-hat that lets them play Skyrim again and Rez again and Wipeout again, unless it offers the lazy multiplayer, sitting on the couch, swearing at ten year olds experience that sales figures inform us are the major driving force behind modern gaming then the whole thing is just some weird, "Well, it's not bad if that's the kind of thing you're looking for, I suppose", niche experience that the vast majority of gamers just don't care about.
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Mysterious new Prey achievements reference a famous R.E.M. song

Frosty840

9 months ago

@muro My complaint about it was that, after I bought it for a fiver on console, I had to buy it again on PC because its controls seem unsuited to being played on a joypad.
The bloke I gave my console copy to (far more of console gamer than I am) also complained about the same problems (especially the melee combat being pretty much certain death) and he didn't end up finishing it.

I'm definitely up for seeing more Prey though.
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Eurogamer readership survey 2018

Frosty840

9 months ago

helps our ad sales team make sure there's advertising on the site that's relevant to you
It does?
::Turns off adblocker:: ::Refreshes:: ::Turns adblocker back on::
NOPE!
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GOG's latest sale focuses on the site's most wishlisted games

Frosty840

10 months ago

Isn't Shadow Tactics free with Twitch Prime at the moment, or has that deal expired?
That whole announcement of free games rather passed me by the other week, until someone mentioned that Twitch Prime comes free with Amazon Prime and I could get the free games that way.
It's also nice to be able to send the single Twitch streamer I actually watch £2.50 per month, or whatever they get from the Twitch Prime subscription.
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Why the games media has a diversity problem - this website especially

Frosty840

11 months ago

@Oli This is unrelated to the article, but I thought I might as well post here. For me, this comment section is marked with a large number of already-cast votes.
As an experiment I've unticked (no reaction) and reticked (vote count increased by one) a couple of these.
So, they seem to be phantom vote indicators.
Is this a known bug since the site redesign? I haven't seen it before.
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Charming shop management action RPG Moonlighter is out in May

Frosty840

11 months ago

@Burton2000 It rather looks that way, doesn't it?
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"It's true Steam Machines aren't exactly flying off the shelves"

Frosty840

11 months ago

Remember that techno owl controller?
That's just the Steam Controller, Tom.
Dreadful thing. Bought one, hated it. Used it in about three games as much as I could, gave up on bloody all of them and went back to proper joypads and/or keyboard&mouse. Had to use Big Picture mode for it too, which made everything infinitely worse.
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PlayStation wrist-slapped for 'misleading' Gran Turismo Sport TV ad

Frosty840

11 months ago

some of which were only available on the disc
I believe this should read "only some of which were available on the disc".
As it stands, it sounds like offline-only users had access to content that online users were missing, and that seems to be the exact opposite of the story being reported.
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The SD card and the vintage video game revolution

Frosty840

12 months ago

as a new company, Terranion. ... But we do have a clear plan for Terraonion
I suspect that at least one of these spellings is incorrect.
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Eurogamer's parent company Gamer Network has been bought by PAX operator ReedPOP

Frosty840

1 year ago

@Oli If you're going to go for threaded comments (which is welcome news), I'd suggest two reddit-like features: the ability to collapse entire threads, and some kind of sorting algorithm to bring the quality threads to the top of the discussion.
Reading some comments sections, I see various flavours of corporate shills routinely taking the first slots in the comment threads and creating a cloud of poisonous discourse at the head of the comments section. Any methods you can find to allow the community to transparently vote away those discussions (because harsh moderator actions are always a second-best solution) would be very welcome.
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Burnout Paradise Remastered is real and coming to Xbox One and PS4 next month

Frosty840

1 year ago

This game had a particular feature that wound me right up. Shortcuts and jumps were all fenced off with big yellow stickers. You could drive through them, they were just convenient visual indicators about the shortcuts. Great idea!
Except they never came back after the first time you'd driven them down, so if you forgot a shortcut, there was never a visual indicator it was there, ever again.
I can never really trust a game that makes really weird design choices like that.
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Valve overhauls Steam wishlists with new filters and sorting options for greater user control

Frosty840

1 year ago

Filtering for games they want to sell you? NEW AND IMPROVED FEATURES!

Filtering for games you already own? STILL ENTIRELY USELESS!
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Being adopted by a Monster Hunter veteran is brilliant

Frosty840

1 year ago

@Slipstream Wait, what's the problem with Discord? It's just a chat client, isn't it?
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Relic leaves Dawn of War 3 behind as it moves on to new projects

Frosty840

1 year ago

@ambershee Can you tell me what's been modified about the experience?
Aside from unlocking all the heroes and not trying to sell you anything any more (because nobody's buying and they've given up on the game, evidently), the game still plays similarly to this Eurogamer preview from last year: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-03-06-dawn-of-war-3s-multiplayer-reveals-moba-influence
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Frosty840

1 year ago

I don't really play MOBAs, and I'm not entirely sure what the oh-so-controversial "MOBA elements" of the game were. I suspect they were the "hero" units, which had been universally unlocked by the time I first played the game.
I picked it up as part of the Humble Monthly the other month and found it to be a fairly inoffensive RTS. Probably not as good, deep or interesting as DoW2, but I went back to DoW2 as an experiment a week or two ago and it seemed *very* slow-paced in comparison to DoW3.
There was absolutely nobody online and playing it though.
Given that CoH2 ended up with so much overpriced DLC I can't see myself picking up another Relic game at release, possibly ever. Relic seem to have turned into developers of buy-the-game-and-keep-spending products now, so my interest in their future output is pretty minimal.
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Failbetter Games delays Sunless Skies following lay-offs, low sales

Frosty840

1 year ago

Sunless Sea's biggest failing was its semi-roguelike nature combined with its static opening/tutorial map.
I, at least, found that I pretty much had to re-do most of the (very large) opening area every time I started a new captain. It was the only part of the game with easy enemies and quick XP gains for low-level characters. If there was a mechanic to avoid this it wasn't obvious to me.
After four or five rounds of this I put the game down and never returned to it, which was a shame because I tended to enjoy the parts of the game I saw, the first time I played through them.

When I heard that the same company was making another game, it barely even pinged on my radar.
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Jelly Deals: Persona 5 is down to £24.99 on PS4

Frosty840

1 year ago

@JamieW Speaking of the referrer links, I (unlike some) don't mind them, and appreciate the opportunity to support Eurogamer via methods other than the ads, which have gotten better but I just prefer not to have to see the horrible things.
It would actually be useful for me to have a second link in the JellyDeals disclaimer (the one that appears at the top of this very article) along the lines of "Click here for a list of referrer links if you want to directly support Eurogamer with your purchases." and have links to, for example, the Humble Store page with the Eurogamer referrer link.
Dunno if that's allowed by the referrer link agreements, but a small, discreet page with a simple list of referrer sites/links would work really well for me.
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Frosty840

1 year ago

@VideoGameAddict25 I believe all of the DLC is cosmetic, so probably only worth it for a particular costume, which you can buy cheaper singly.
So, probably not.
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Bungie signals it will repeal Destiny 2's controversial shader system

Frosty840

1 year ago

When used:
Set numberOfUses = Integer.MAX
There ya go, Bungie. That'll be a £5000 consultancy fee.
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Celeste review

Frosty840

1 year ago

(Be careful, though: I once dropped down to invulnerability for twenty minutes only to find that when I returned to the game proper I had no idea how to proceed, because I had missed the incremental acquisition of a new way of thinking about things.)
That says a lot about my favourite types of games. Stuff where you have to learn new things to survive, and where, if you're dropped into a new situation where you need to already know those things, you will die, and continue to die until you learn them.

That's very much the antithesis of the gaming world that Demon's Souls dropped into a decade ago. It's really nice that gaming has moved on since then and that it's now a lot more routine to find some level of change and challenge in games past "shoot guy, get killed by bigger guy, find bigger gun, kill bigger guy"...

Dunno how relevant that is to the review, but I'm definitely considering picking it up.
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World of Goo developer Tomorrow Corporation announces 7 Billion Humans for Switch and PC

Frosty840

1 year ago

I'm an actual programmer, and I get on fine with Zachtronics games, but Human Resource Machine left me pretty frazzled.
Not sure if I feel up to another one...
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Where do downloadable games go when they die?

Frosty840

1 year ago

I find it amusing that this very article has itself become an example of the difficulty of digital archiving it refers to.
It's plain from the comments section that the article once contained a reference linking "Manic Miner" to the miners' strike. That version of the article is no longer accessible; the article has been updated to remove that reference. It's only through observing the comments about the article that it's possible to discern that the article ever contained such a reference.

The difficulty of digital archiving, indeed...
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Darkest Dungeon and the Lovecrafting of crunch

Frosty840

1 year ago

sending quartets of procedurally generated adventurers
The dungeons are procedurally generated (something sequential, such as: create room grid; set entrance location; set target(s) locations; delete random links; validate route), but I believe that the heroes themselves would be considered randomly generated (not entirely random but close enough).
I'd be willing to hear arguments either way though. More of a question/discussion than a nitpick (I hope).
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