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Epic pulls Fortnite's controversial guided missile weapon from the game

Pasco_

4 days ago

Making it laser guided (like Half-Life) rather than wire guided would force users to move out of cover to use it, while still allowing it to be controlled.
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Is Far Cry 2's tech really more advanced than Far Cry 5's?

Pasco_

2 weeks ago

Far Cry 2 is unwieldy, frustrating, yet ambitious. Learning from the successes of prior series entries, Far Cry 5 is perhaps less complicated, but it's clearly more polished and more advanced in terms of the quality of its visuals. Most importantly, however, the technology is geared more toward delivering fun.
Ah yes, just the biting, detailed, technical commentary I come to DF for.
Shit like this should be beneath DF.

It's Ubisoft PR levels of wank.
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Pasco_

2 weeks ago

@obihobson Nah, we peaked around the millennium on PC, 360 / PS3 were already well on the way to the AAA blandness we have today.
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Summer Games Done Quick reveals full game and speedrunner list for 2018

Pasco_

2 weeks ago

*GDQ goes from strength to strength.

Here's hoping for another great show, and a few more million dollars going to a good cause.
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Far Cry's villains are sick of Far Cry

Pasco_

2 weeks ago

@paradoxwizkuro Criticism is not hate.

This is a well written piece covering the central conflict of the Far Cry series, Plot vs Gameplay, using the villains to make it's points from within.

It's an examination of how this series has taken meta-textual elements and made them into thematic vices.

At it's core, Far Cry is now about Far Cry more than anything else, and that's weird and interesting.

Now, weird and interesting doesn't mean bad, and it doesn't mean good. I personally have a growing distaste for what the Far Cry series has become, but others dig it. The point is that's a discussion worth having, not blindly dismissing as "hate"
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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch playable at E3

Pasco_

1 month ago

Super Smash Bros. is a new game. There is nothing to indicate it is a Wii U port other than baseless internet scuttlebutt.

The way Nintendo announces and markets Wii U ports for the Switch is very consistent and specific.

Think about all of the Wii U ports the Switch already has or is going to get, specifically think about how they were announced, and the point they were confirmed as a port. I'd put the average time between announcement and confirmation as a port at about 5 seconds.

The status of a game as a Wii U port has never been left as mysterious by Nintendo, they've always been completely upfront and plain.
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Welcome to the new Eurogamer

Pasco_

1 month ago

Firstly, and most importantly: Bring back the old blue.


Secondly, the current lack of division between stories makes the front page very hard to parse. It's so bad at first I thought there were elements failing to load but no, it's just terribly designed and full of horrid white-space-used-as-division garbage.

It doesn't work, it looks bad. Somebody with an art degree who's not as smart as they think they are has sold you a lemon.

QUOTE:
Perhaps most important of all, the site should now be faster to load, wherever and whenever you're reading it.
Faster to load? The comments in particular take an aaaaaage to load, it's rubbish.

Also the site is running far worse on even marginally dated hardware, typing this up was an absolute chore.

EDIT: Also Quotes don't work, and editing comments is just as messy as the old site.
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Hearthstone's new expansion The Witchwood is all about werewolves

Pasco_

1 month ago

@ambershee The whole point of expansions like these is to prevent the dust from settling.

Nobody wants a stale, solved Meta, but that is an inevitability when millions of people are playing your game (and a few thousand of those millions are incredibly intelligent and get copied by the rest).

The last few expansions have been particularly good in keeping things fresh and flowing for longer, with even the most pre-eminent decks being somewhat counterable, but before that people have been howling for an expansion less than a month after the last because the best decks were so obvious.
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Eurogamer's parent company Gamer Network has been bought by PAX operator ReedPOP

Pasco_

2 months ago

From the interview with Lance Fensterman:

Why did you want or need media brands?

We believe there is a relationship to be built with our communities of fans outside the walls of our shows. Gamers are connected 24/7 and we feel we need an online offering to help them connect and provide them with information and entertainment outside of our live events. We further see that as our events grow and some of them are now sold out, with the right expertise we should be able to better bring the fun to the fans who can't be there in person. Lastly, I think there are so many stories to tell about the people who come to our events - from indie devs to cosplayers to folks creating their own clothing lines - that creating platforms for them to tell their stories would be really empowering.
Like, it's pretty obvious what the trajectory is here.

I hope the EG guys are looking forward to penning those cosplay and clothing brand articles.
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Pasco_

2 months ago

"As you might expect, it was our EGX events that brought us to ReedPOP's attention. But the ReedPOP team is 100 per cent committed to our digital media business"
"ReedPOP, the world's largest producer of games and pop culture live events, is adding Gamer Network and its portfolio of leading events, websites, and video channels to its portfolio."
"The powerful combination of the two portfolios gives ReedPOP a truly unique opportunity to combine its leading live games events across four continents with a huge, dedicated worldwide online community of more than 50 million monthly users. ReedPOP will be focused on ensuring its events and digital channels are focused squarely on the communities they serve."
Order LUL.

Everything about this is clearly, transparently events focussed. It's an events company buying into a new events market with some websites attached (for now).

I wish everyone the best with their future endeavours, but I hope the writing on the wall is as obvious from the inside as it is from the outside.
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds gets update to improve divisive desert map experience

Pasco_

3 months ago

I preferred the Miramar experience by far, so this is a little dissapointing.
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The year in loot boxes

Pasco_

4 months ago

Blind boxes are a scam, and they should be banned.

They are a predatory and intentionally manipulative method of profit maximisation advanced by ruthless multinational corporations, corporations who are operating under zero regulatory oversight and with zero regard for the public good.

Blind boxes are a scam, and they should be banned.
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Eurogamer's Top 50 Games of 2017: 30-21

Pasco_

4 months ago

I'm totally digging this list.

But having MEA anywhere on it, let alone above Sonic Mania, is bonkers.

"Andromeda arrived as a fine but far from fantastic Mass Effect game", "Andromeda isn't a bad game"? The fuck? This game was such an unmitigated disaster that it killed it's own developer and it killed the best thing to come out of the last console generation, the Mass Effect series. Killed it. Dead.

MEA is not just a bad game, it is so much worse than a bad game.

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The year in Nazis

Pasco_

4 months ago

Shoot. Nazis.
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Creative Assembly issues refreshingly frank update on Total War Warhammer development troubles

Pasco_

5 months ago

I love this. Software Development is hard, but if you keep just saying "Software Development is hard" to people, they start ignoring you. Sometimes the best thing to do is get down to brass tacks and explain just what is so hard about it.

This sort of communication is so incredibly useful, but also understandably rare. It takes a brave and confident developer, an understanding publisher and a willing PR department to be able to come out and say "We're delaying this thing you're looking forward to because we fucked up. Here's exactly how we fucked up, here's how much time that wasted, and here's what we're doing instead"


Merging Branches back to Master is always a ball-ache, even on relatively small projects. I can't imagine the sorts of shit you have to wade through to do it across two massive titles like this.
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds datamine suggests desert map name changes

Pasco_

5 months ago

Winchester! Hell yeah!

Everyone loves a little lever-action.
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You can pay 20 to invite KK Slider and Tom Nook to your Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp

Pasco_

5 months ago

Both chairs cost a whopping 250 Leaf Tickets each - a figure which feels like it'll take a huge amount of time to grind out simply from playing
This is just nonsense.

I got my 250 for Nook in a few hours play, they throw tickets at you like candy to start with.

Maybe the second 250 will take a while longer, but it's anything but onerous.
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What's lost and what's gained in Destiny 2's excellent PC version

Pasco_

6 months ago

The particle effects are worth the price of entry alone.
Yep. It's a Destiny 2 article on EG all right.

And all's well with the world.
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The Bungie interview: how Destiny 2 on PC is more than just a port

Pasco_

6 months ago

This sounds like an absolutely incredible PC "port", massive kudos for the dev team for clearly putting in some serious work.

It's just a shame all that work was wasted on a game like Destiny 2.
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Hitman: Game of the Year Edition reactivates Elusive Targets

Pasco_

6 months ago

Awesome, this really was GotY 2016 for me.

Especially can't wait to try some of the Elusive Targets I missed the first time around.
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NeoGAF back online, as owner denies sexual misconduct

Pasco_

6 months ago

Jumping straight to the "that bitch be crazy" defence tells you all you need to know about this scumlord.

NeoGAF will be sadly missed, at least until ResetEra is online.
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NeoGAF offline after owner accused of sexual misconduct

Pasco_

6 months ago

NeoGAF was an incredible website for the games industry.

A fantastic community, hard to access and heavily moderated, a bright light compared to the cesspools of Reddit, the *chans, and the other dregs of the internet.

A source and aggregator for news, rumours and leaks. Always on the bleeding edge of the industry, always passionate about games and gaming.

It will be sadly missed, and it's imminent successor will be warmly welcomed.
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Pasco_

6 months ago

@artibeus We're not in a court of law.

"Innocent until proven guilty" is a useful legal concept, but has little place in a wider society where we should be supporting victims, not furthering their abuse.

The number of false accusations is vanishingly small against the scale of real abuse, so I choose to believe victims until proof emerges otherwise.
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The Evil Within 2 physical launch sales quarter of original

Pasco_

6 months ago

Good to see.

Shadow of Mordor was a great game, and Shadow of War is a worthy successor.
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"We understand many Persona fans would love to see a PC version"

Pasco_

7 months ago

the issue boiled down to RPCS3 showing others how to remove DRM from Persona 5, which is naughty so the concerns are fair enough.
That's pretty debatable.

The "offending" blog post gave some very generic suggestions on ripping your own PS3 games (rather than using some random pirated rip). It didn't even link to the specific tools and software needed to do this.

Thankfully it seems the Streisand Effect is in full force, and the only result of Atlus' ridiculous and heavy handed action will be more money for RPC3 and more people playing Persona 5 on PC.
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Heat Signature review

Pasco_

7 months ago

guards always resort to tossing you out the airlock rather than polishing you off
Ooh er missus!
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Activision bigs up Destiny 2 launch, without revealing sales

Pasco_

7 months ago

@PowerJC You make the same mistake as the article, in thinking that Steam is the only (or even the biggest) part of PC gaming.

Crossfire is bigger than any game on Steam.

League of Legends beats out the top 100 Steam games combined by itself.

Blizzard don't give out numbers, but WoW, Hearthstone and Overwatch are all self-evidently huge.

PC gaming utterly dwarfs console gaming, always has and likely always will.
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Destiny 2's launch week uproar shows why developers need to talk about money

Pasco_

7 months ago

As risk-laden and expensive as modern big budget games are, microtransactions of some sort are an inevitability.
Self fulfilling bullshit.

Activision Blizzard are not hurting for cash, this is just an exercise in milking their audience. It's not "must" it's "can", and one of the reasons they can is a lack of push back by corporate mouthpieces like EG.

If the games media took a stand against the exploitation of consumers, which in many cases is the exploitation of children, then this sort of shit wouldn't be "an inevitability".
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Destiny 2 clan claims Leviathan raid world first, new PVP map unlocked

Pasco_

7 months ago

@TheRealBadabing Raids generally take a long time at first, because nobody knows WTF they're doing, and people are going in with the minimum level of gear necessary.

As people learn the mechanics they get quicker to do, as people get better gear they get easier to do, so what was once a 5 hour marathon becomes perhaps a 2 hour jog.

Of course even setting aside a few hours can be difficult for some people, but I'd say that even if you never raided you wouldn't be missing *the* point, just *a* point.
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Hearthstone is nerfing some of its oldest cards

Pasco_

8 months ago

The current problem with Hearthstone is Jade Druid. Anybody who plays the game can see this by playing ladder, the data demonstrates it, it is blindingly obvious.


Blizzards response?

Nerf Pirate Warrior, Murloc Paladin and Midrange Shaman, 3 of the only decks capable of standing a decent chance against Jade Druid.

Tickle Aggro and Token Druid, two of the classes that benefit most from Jade Distorting the meta.

Do basically nothing to Jade Druid itself, currently oppressive due to insane mana ramp and card draw, who will barely be touched by these changes.


Absofuckinglutely bonkers.
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Balancing FIFA 18 sounds like a living nightmare

Pasco_

8 months ago

@PickleJuice FIFA World wasn't perfect, but it's exactly what the people who complain about annual releases always say they want... except nobody played it.
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Despite low player numbers, there's more to come from Lawbreakers

Pasco_

8 months ago

On Steam, Lawbreakers is not in the top 100 games based on concurrent player count, which means it has fewer than 1000 players at the time of publication on Valve's platform.
That's a weird way of saying its 24hr peak was 362 players.

Game is dead.
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Microsoft and PlayerUnknown dance around the thorny issue of Battlegrounds console exclusivity

Pasco_

8 months ago

Bottom line, it's a PC game. You can play it, right this second. I was playing it last night.

So why engage with Microsoft's and Sony's bullshit PR game, why play into the petty platform squabbling that seems to take up so much time in our hobby?
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LawBreakers review

Pasco_

8 months ago

A bizarrely positive review for an online only game that has almost nobody playing it, and will have absolutely nobody playing it in a month tops.

This could be the greatest multiplayer shooter ever made, but what does that matter if there's no-one to play it with?
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Destiny 2 blocks some popular game capture programs and Discord overlays

Pasco_

9 months ago

Not selling this on Steam and now pulling this kind of shit.

You can tell Bungie really cares about their prospective PC user-base.
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It's time to settle the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds blue zone debate once and for all

Pasco_

9 months ago

People call it "gas" because it was gas in H1Z1 and so the terminology has carried over.

Simplest to just call it the Blue and be done with it.
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Dean Hall's Stationeers due September

Pasco_

9 months ago

Wow, Dean Hall's actually going to finish and release a game!

That September release is a Steam Early Access release.
Oh, no, my mistake, Eurogamer are just doing their usual Dean Hall PR routine. Why do you guys seem so intent on helping this flim-flam artist anyway?
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PlayStation Plus price hike announced for Europe

Pasco_

9 months ago

"We are changing the pricing to reflect various market conditions while enabling us to continue providing exceptional value to our members."
Translation: We're hiking prices because we're in a position of power, and we believe we can get away with it because our users are locked in.


So glad this monopoly-style shit is impossible to pull off on the PC.
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The past, present and future of Battlegrounds - according to PlayerUnknown

Pasco_

9 months ago

Brendan Greene seems like a good dude and I'm glad he's having this success.

After the last few years, it feels nice to be able to say something like that.
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How developers really deal with bugs

Pasco_

9 months ago

I really wish this article included more stuff from the QA / Testing perspective, but I'm heartened to see so many fellow testers and QA anecdotes popping up in the comments.

I suppose the solo-dev/indie focus of the article somewhat precluded examining the fractious relationships within a company, in favour of fan / dev relationships.
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Stranger fangs: in defence of Altered Beast

Pasco_

10 months ago

Altered Beast was bad and is now garbage.

It's a part of history, but it should stay that way.
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds players debate aim assist after dev mentions prospect of cross-platform play

Pasco_

10 months ago

The real issue with cross platform play: Updates.

I'd hate to see a massively successful PC game be hobbled by the ridiculous console update requirements. Goodbye weekly updates. Hell, goodbye monthly updates probably.

Maintaining parity across platforms is a terrible idea when one platform is so regressive in such a crucial respect. Implementing cross play to the detriment of the PC would be a massive middle finger to the 4 million+ people who bought the game already, in favour of an audience that is yet to spend 1 on the game.
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BioWare's Anthem is a "science fantasy" like Star Wars

Pasco_

10 months ago

Mass Effect being described as "hardcore science fiction" is true tragicomedy.

Now I love the Mass Effect trilogy, love it, but it is the softest of soft sci-fi.
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is about to receive a key update

Pasco_

10 months ago

You have completely misunderstood this change.

The changes made are to the frequency of loot found in the game, either randomly on the ground or in air-dropped Care Packages. This has absolutely zero to do with the loot gained in the out-of-game Pioneer Crates.

This is Camaro levels of miscomprehension.
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I'm not sure what David Cage is trying to say with Detroit

Pasco_

10 months ago

@tennocyte Everything says something.

Culture, Art, Politics, Society. These are not separate entities, they are entwined and enthralled with each other.

If you can't see the political commentary behind the dichotomy of Space Marines and Orks, even with it being bashed against your head for 30 years, then I don't know what to tell you
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Pasco_

10 months ago

Here's the problem:

Detroit wants to evoke real conflicts without having anything meaningful to say about them, while at the same time evoking more interesting stories about the humanity of androids without being nearly as interesting as them. The things it's been shown to say so far are frankly idiotic, you'd be better off reading some Asimov, watching The Measure of a Man or playing Nier: Automata.

Why is it "violent" to smash up a bunch of shops (with no people in them) but "pacifist" to simply graffiti them? When property damage becomes violence, it minimises the real violence both in the story (executing a cop) and in the real life conflict it's evoking (the execution of black people by cops).

A story about slavery has a duty to be mindful of the realities of those enslaved, a story about resistance against oppression has a duty to be mindful of the realities of the oppressed.

And a story about Androids has a duty to understand that the root of the word Android means "Having the form or likeness of Man", that the very first story about an Android covered this ground, and to branch off from there, rather than struggling to get there at all. It is in no way interesting, novel, or thought provoking to question the humanity of Androids. We've been there, done that, and got the fucking Tomorrow's Eve T-shirt.

I have zero, zero faith that David Cage will succeed in those duties, but also that he'll succeed in the basic duty of a writer: To tell a coherent and interesting narrative with a beginning a middle and an end. Because David Cage is a hack.
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DF Retro: Soul Calibur on Dreamcast - beyond 'arcade perfect'

Pasco_

11 months ago

Welcome back, to the stage of history.

Transcending history, and the world, a tale of souls and swords, eternally retold.

The legend will never die.
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Why can't Destiny 2 run at 60fps on PS4 Pro?

Pasco_

11 months ago

For a start, operating at 60fps on Pro while base hardware remains at 30fps would give Pro players a big, big advantage.
This is such apologist BS.

The game isn't 60FPS because the Pro isn't much more powerful than the base PS4, end of.

PC gamers have somehow struggled along with wildly varying FPS in even the most competitive of games, and just like the age old crys of LPBs and HPBs nobody takes any complaints seriously.
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Hands-on with the impressive PC version of Destiny 2

Pasco_

11 months ago

The perspective of this piece is really bizarre.

FPS come out on PCs and consoles all the time, it's a common and well understood factor of multiplatform development. Hell, even Bungie's own Halo and Halo 2 released on both console and PC.

From the tone of this article you'd think this sort of thing had never happened before, or that Destiny was such a special and singular experience that this incredibly common platform shift somehow managed to "befuddle" the author.

I get it, mouse and keyboard handles very differently to dual-analogue, but this feels like an article from 15 years ago.
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Rejoice! Danger Zone is Burnout's Crash Mode

Pasco_

11 months ago

Dangerous Golf wasn't great, so I'm only cautiously optimistic about this.
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