Les

PES loses Champions League official licence

Les

2 days ago

Hardly ever play this in PES 2018 but I really hate these sports league exclusivity contracts. It would be so much better if sports titles competed on features rather than who can pay the most for licenses.
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God of War review: astonishing technological craft in the service of simple pleasures

Les

1 week ago

Didn't expect the reviews to come out so early. Looks like an awesome game. Will play this eventually but haven't even completed the PS3 remaster of the 2nd game.
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How one enterprising fan brought Demon's Souls back to life

Les

1 week ago

Cool, I may try this. Great game. The Nexus music is close to perfect.
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Doom's new 4K patch analysed on Xbox One X and PS4 Pro

Les

2 weeks ago

@EPe9686518

No need to get insulting young one. I have nothing further to add. If you won't (or can't) understand my argument, that's perfectly fine. Enjoy the weekend.
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Les

2 weeks ago

@EPe9686518

Chill out buddy. I think it's the designer's job to decide what the best compromise of frame rate, resolution, and effects is. You think otherwise, fine.
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Les

2 weeks ago

@EPe9686518

I have no illusions that everyone shares my opinion. I think that choice too often is used by designers to offload decisions they should have been making to the customer. These graphical settings highlight that the developer tried to do too much given the consoleís fixed power and that whatever choice the player makes it will be a compromised experience.
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Les

2 weeks ago

Still playing through this. I am personally quite annoyed with these more and more prevalent graphical settings options advocated by Digital Foundry coming to console games. It should be the artistic decision of the developer to choose between effects/resolution and frame rate. Putting this on the user is a cop out.
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PlayStation 4 exclusive Spider-Man launches September

Les

2 weeks ago

I am quite interested to see how this turns out. I will be in no rush of getting it though due to chronic backlog syndrome...
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No Man's Sky headed to Xbox One, next big update arrives this summer

Les

3 weeks ago

Beautiful game. Havenít played it in ages. The kids love watching it, especially the aliens (which could do with a bit more variation as far as Iím concerned).
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Steep is getting challenge event seasons with unique rewards, starting next month

Les

3 weeks ago

Got this when it was on sale a while ago and it is quite enjoyable. Before you know it youíve Ďwastedí an hour barreling down the mountains. The commentator is super annoying, think Burnout Paradise.
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Sea of Thieves lands UK chart number one

Les

4 weeks ago

Well, the game has sure been hyped here plenty... It is not for me but itís good to see developers try out new things.
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Trouble brewing for independent UK shop chain Grainger Games

Les

4 weeks ago

I wonder if the closing down of brick and mortar stores will eventually hurt the revenues of online shops. The former partly functioned as free window displays for the latter, where consumers could see and test out the merchandise before purchasing it online. This may be less of an issue for video games as there are other ways to sample these but for toys, clothes, etc. it could introduce a challenge.
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Fortnite Twitch streamer Ninja is making $500,000 a month

Les

1 month ago

One of the great examples that markets often lead to dumb results. I'm not advocating regulation or anything but in my humble opinion it reflects pretty poorly on humanity that people like this are able to make many multiples of what a cancer researcher or a teacher would earn.
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Welcome to the new Eurogamer

Les

1 month ago

Looks a lot like US Gamer. It's more modern but also more generic. And I agree with other posters that a dark theme would be nice because at night this will make your eyes hurt.
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Burnout Paradise Remastered review - driving perfection

Les

1 month ago

@DingBot_1337

I would have a long time ago if not for my key constraints being time to play and space in our NYC apartment... ;)
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Les

1 month ago

@_TheDarkSide_

Iím not that much of a car person and quite impatient. So I doubt that I will enjoy leisurely driving a virtual automobile through an open world environment. I like racing games every now and then but I tend to prefer arcade racers such as Mario Kart, Motor Storm and Drive Club over more realistic ones. The less set-up the better as far as Iím concerned. I just want to race. E.g., last year I tried the demo for the yearly F1 game and when I got to the settings tutorial I quit the game and uninstalled it.

Given that context do you think Iíd enjoy Horizon? I donít have an Xbox (I still play on my Wii U and PS3 and only got a PS4Pro about a year ago) but I do have a PC and I think itís on that as well, right?
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Les

1 month ago

@smelly

I hated the demo at the time of release. Then a year or two ago I got the game with all DLC through a humble bundle as an Ďextraí. Played it for a few hours and still hated it. Actually hated it more through prolonged exposure to the DJ and having to suffer through the incredibly dumb junk yard car switch mechanic.
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Les

1 month ago

@gnosis @mostro

I hated the open world concept so much that I haven't touched another open world racer since.
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Les

1 month ago

My sentiment towards this game in one sentence: Donít waste my time and give me fucking menus...
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Fortnite on mobile: it works!

Les

1 month ago

Agreed. Started weariní less and going out more. Glasses of champagne out on the dance floor. Some people...
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Les

1 month ago

@Brainflowers

Yeah, she should just be herself. Right now sheís someone else
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Les

1 month ago

@mouseymouse

A popular Twitch streamer apparently
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Les

1 month ago

@riceNpea

Haha. No itís a play on Drake lyrics like I said below. He had a lady that used to call him on his cellphone, late night when she needed his love. He knew when that hotline bling that could only mean one thing. But then he left the city and it fizzled out. At least now he can play Fortnite on his cellphone... ;)
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Les

1 month ago

@HyperTurtle

It is a play on Drakeís lyrics and his Fortnite stream...
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Les

1 month ago

@riceNpea

Drake is Canadian.
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Les

1 month ago

@ibz100

Well, the guy is Canadian, eh?
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What should we expect from Dark Souls Remastered on Switch?

Les

1 month ago

@Stee_monkey

Crossing my fingers
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Les

1 month ago

I am looking forward to being able to play all Dark Souls games on my PS4, along with Bloodborne. Now if they could just do a remake of Demonís Souls as well... Itís still my favorite From game and having that one run at a more stable frame rate would be awesome.
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Monster Hunter World's first major update is coming next week

Les

1 month ago

@AmorousBadger

I knew about those and I didnít get the game. While it was my most anticipated title of the year I hated the beta so much that it dropped off my purchase list. Itís doing great though, so Iím happy for the developers but unfortunately the direction it went in is not for me. Luckily I still have the 3DS versions to play.
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Les

1 month ago

Sad to see micro transactions coming to Monster Hunter. Iím also not a big fan of many of the dumbing down changes they made to the core game. But it seems that I am in the minority so tough luck. At least I still have the excellent 3DS games.
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Writer Drew Karpyshyn leaves BioWare for a second time

Les

1 month ago

Except for a tiny bit of KOTOR I donít think I played any of his games.

It could be a good thing that he apperently doesnít want to work on Anthem anymore. What Destiny accidentally did quite well was have the story take a back seat and let the players create their own adventures. In a successful MMO-type game players spend only a minuscule fraction of their playtime with Ďstoryí missions and they never, ever make sense in the meta context of the game anyway.
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President Trump shown violent video game reel while meeting members of the industry

Les

1 month ago

@_TheDarkSide_

Pure coincidence. I'd just returned from dropping off my daughter for ballet class :)
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Les

1 month ago

@Markusdragon

It used to be one of Stormy Daniels' masterpieces. But he's soured on her a bit...
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Les

1 month ago

@_TheDarkSide_

I'd say that guns are 'easier', more convenient, definitely (as you rightly pointed out) less of a risk to the perpetrator.

NOT the root of the problem, though.
No, an exacerbating factor.

Suicide? Speaking from experience, my 27yr old friend who hung himself 20yrs ago would likely have suffered less, had he had a gun in his hand.
Perhaps. But more cumbersome methods give people more time to reconsider, thus saving lives.

Accidents? Well, most of those are down to incompetence/immaturity/idiocy. Take your pick.
That's why they are accidents. Not something we'll ever completely root out. But the survival chances of a child stumbling upon an axe are quite a bit higher than when it stumbles upon a gun. Or the sleep drunk parents who mistake their kid unexpectedly returning from college for a burglar, grab their gun and shoot and kill them.

Again, accidents will always happen. Fewer of them could be fatal though.

Police killings? Guns are out there. Ban them today, the bad guys will still have them tomorrow. I'm not surprised they shoot first. That (as I said in my initial post) is the REAL issue. It ain't the gun. It's the finger on the trigger.

All the statistics in the world won't change that.
I am not saying there is an easy fix. The US fucked itself over handsomely. But you have to start somewhere. That it's difficult should be no excuse for inaction. There are lives at stake.

EDIT: I should point out, I'm not Pro-Firearm (as I said earlier, an ideal world would be free of ALL weapons), but I'm not against them either.

... It's not the weapon, it's the person wielding it that's the real issue.
Bad guys will do bad things, true. They are just way more likely to result in one or more deaths when guns are involved or expected to be involved.
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Les

1 month ago

@_TheDarkSide_

I can understand the banning of guns stopping gun related crime, but how do we know that those potential shootings weren't just replaced with stabbings/axe murders/poisonings, etc? Murder is murder, right?
Guns are way more lethal than the other tools. So without guns, ceteris paribus, the number of murders would go down, the number of attempted (=failed) murders would go up. But in reality trying to kill someone with those other tools is way more risky to the perpetrator and thus more people would decide it is not worth it. Also, fewer bystanders would die (no stray bullets, they have more time to flee, better chance to survive an attack, etc.)

Fewer guns would also seriously reduce the number of suicides, especially amongst teenagers (you can't take a bullet back, pulling a trigger is easier done in a whim than trying to hang yourself, waiting for a train to jump in front of, etc.). It would seriously reduce the number of accidental deaths. It's easier to shoot yourself or a friend to death than accidentally kill yourself or them with an axe or knife.

It would seriously reduce the number of police killings. Because guns are so prevalent in the US the police is way more likely to shoot first. How often are people killed by the police in Western Europe during a routine traffic stop? It would seriously reduce the number of murder-robberies. Similar to the police scenario: If there is a good chance your victim is armed better to not take chances and shoot them first.
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Les

1 month ago

I think itís fine to have a discussion about violence in games and other media. We should be keeping an eye on potential effects. I do think that there is something seriously wrong with a society where itís more easy to depict a killing than show an unclothed human body, but thatís another discussion.

The key thing here though is that this is just a diversion tactic. Trump, the GOP, and their NRA buddies are playing the clock.
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Les

1 month ago

@_TheDarkSide_

For some of those nutters this goes back to the tyranny their forefathers suffered from the English King. If they ever face a tyrannical government again they need their weapons to fight them.

As someone else put it: ďItís Our Duty To Support The Troops And The Second Amendment In Case We Ever Need To Kill Them AllĒ.

This is of course ludicrous. If the military would follow a tyrannical government those nutters are toast. If they donít, the military will take care of the tyrant(s) for the gun lovers.
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Les

1 month ago

This is all just a distraction to avoid talking about the real issue which is the prevalence of guns in the US. Besides fronting money laundering schemes the guy is really good at playing his core audience.
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Captain Toad headed to Nintendo Switch and 3DS

Les

1 month ago

I have it on Wii U. Unplayed. Too many games, too little time.
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PlayStation 4 has a stunning free theme for International Women's Day

Les

1 month ago

@matthewfrench

If only realizing social change was as easy as passing a law. Donít get me wrong, it was a good step but it has clearly not been sufficient so there is more work to do. This can take many forms, such as additional or tweaked legislation, more/better monitoring of outcomes by relevant agencies, industry and scientific research, raising public awareness for the persistence of women getting paid less for the same work, etc. Itís not easy but thatís not a reason to not do it.
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Les

1 month ago

@matthewfrench

Again what a lack of imagination. Of course ĎIí wonít force anyone. I am for policies that address existing systemic biases based on sex, race, sexual orientation, etc. to even the playing field and give everyone equal chances.
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Les

1 month ago

@technicalisten

Studies continue to show that women get paid less in the same roles as men, all other conditions being equal. Hardly ever the motivation during a performance review or at the time of a job offer is ďyou get less because you are a womanĒ. That is indeed illegal. Most discriminatory practices are not the parodies that people here make of them but are much more subtle, often through biases the perpetrators arenít even aware of.
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Les

1 month ago

@pelican_

I was just parodying a dumb post that said the same about left wingers. Any quick read through these threads shows that left wing liberals such as myself receive plenty of downvotes.
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Les

1 month ago

The downvotes here highlight the sexist, nativist politics that plagues this site. Remember that Kingdom Come review?
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Les

1 month ago

@the-Uncle-show

I think your cognitive skills are the issue here...
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Les

1 month ago

@technicalisten

Unjust that women get paid less than men for the same work.

And you appear quite unimaginative with your "force" language. You seem to assume that women's current choices are immutable. While in reality they are influenced by current workplace barriers they face as well as cultural norms that pressure them towards certain roles. Remove such barriers and challenge those norms and women may very well choose differently in the future. But even if 'they' don't, the most important thing is to steer towards a society where individuals have similar chances, unaffected by generalisations based on their gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, etc. In the end that's the best way of maximizing human potential which is to the benefit of us all.
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Les

1 month ago

@matthewfrench

Itís a statistical manifestation of an injustice. And yes, past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior but that doesnít mean that one should just accept the status quo. And if policy doesnít lead to the target result we should try and fix it rather than just give up.
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Les

1 month ago

@pelican_

Out of curiosity, are you just being pedantic to win a very narrow and not really relevant argument or are you contesting that ceteris paribus life is more easy when youíre white?
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Les

1 month ago

@Indication

First, I am not an expert in every legal system across the world but I am pretty sure that laws that allow organizations to refuse white male candidates are pretty rare. Positive discrimination, which is meant to help disadvantaged groups, is generally more subtle. E.g., using quotas.

Class advantages suck too but their existence is no reason for ignoring other discriminatory practices. And often there is a significant overlap between them, e.g., class and race. For obvious reasons there isnít between class and sex, which is why it tends to be brought up during conversations about sexism.

Third, women generally are still at a disadvantage compared to the men in their class (measured by pay rate and promotion rate for example). So again I wouldnít call addressing that imbalance punishing men.
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The Division 2 details leak online ahead of announcement

Les

1 month ago

I love the setting of the game (it being in NYC was my main reason for getting it in a sale) but donít care too much for the gameplay. If they change the location for the next game I am unlikely to get it.

Given its more narrow scope I donít expect it to suffer from a reboot like Destiny did. In that universe discarding content didnít make sense.
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