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Disgraced Donkey Kong champ Billy Mitchell releases statement

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6 days ago

@lucaslayer

Say that to yourself every time you load up a video game?
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PUBG takes a leaf out of Fortnite's playbook - and it works

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2 weeks ago

@stubbadub

No, they didn't.
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2 weeks ago

@Caldwell

Nobody is going to mistake Fortnite for PUGB or vice versa. That's how come Fortnite isn't suing PUBG and PUBG isn't suing Fortnite. The phone clones, however, are deliberately trying to get players to mistake their game for PUBG by ripping off the entire look and feel.

That's a totally different situation in my book. Not as 'headline worthy' and chucklesome, perhaps, but that's real life for you.

This is why people are marking these posts down. You are all misrepresenting the situation, deliberately I feel, although as to why I couldn't offer the remotest clue.
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Sea of Thieves review - a Rare treasure

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3 weeks ago

@Maleta

I played No Man's Sky for 25 hours on launch, so it had at least 25 hours of content that I'm pretty sure I didn't imagine.

But yeah, I think the parallels are pretty close. A game being judged on what players' wanted it to be rather than on the merits of what it is. I'm sure all the millions of people who think they are having fun are wrong, and you are right.

Sheesh.
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3 weeks ago

@Dogs-in-Hats

How is that 'perspective'? If the mean score is 69, an 8/10 is hardly an outlier, is it?

Why can't gaming 'enthusiasts' wrap their heads around the idea that a complete consensus of opinion is not actually normal? It's freakishly abnormal. It's a sure sign of cultish behaviour. I'm pretty sure that's how you spell that. I might be a letter out though.
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Arcade dire: the past, present and future of video game movies

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4 weeks ago

@stephaneruscher1

Also, while The Last of Us had great characters and writing, the story itself was objectively pretty terrible - entirely because of the entertaining things to do.

The gameplay dictates that Joel's only way of interacting with the world is killing people, and everything else has to bend to fit that. The Firefly group's logic for immediately doing something that would kill Ellie, the single and only source of information on a potential vaccine, makes no sense whatsoever. Really? There's not one single other non-deadly test you want to do first? And nobody - not one person - is going to ask Ellie about this? Wasn't this whole story about her growing agency in the world? We're really gonna damsel her now?

It only happens that way so that Joel has a reason to the kill them, because that's the only thing the mechanics let him do to anyone, and we're happy to let that slide because if we're honest we stayed for the story, but we came for the killing! It's fun!

If you take away that character restriction by putting him in a movie, then none of that makes sense. It's so much clumsier when you take away the reason it's like that. Good game, bad movie.

The story and gameplay of a videogame are constantly wrestling with each other, so if you take one of them out, it's always going to make for slightly weird viewing.

I suppose it's no great surprise that movie plots are also legendarily awful at driving videogame action. I guess that's like one man wrestling with a post?
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4 weeks ago

The difference between comics and games is that comics primarily rely on their characters and story-lines to be successful and sell, whereas games generally don't. Hopefully that clears up some of the 'mystery' as to why they often make better foundations for movies.

You don't have to look far to see gaming's wider cultural and stylistic influences though. You can trace from Tim Bisley playing Resident Evil and Tekken, right through Shaun of the Dead, into Scott Pilgrim (a film based on a comic based on video game tropes), and out into Baby Driver - which at times was so video game-y it felt like a Let's Play: Burnout Paradise. And that's just Edgar Wright.
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Far Cry 5 review - a competent yet conflicted open worlder

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4 weeks ago

@paradoxwizkuro

It's a Far Cry game & shouldn't get bogged down in politics trying to make a statement.
I agree. And from what I can gather from the review, Edwin Evans-Thirlwell also agrees.

Unfortunately, it appears this Far Cry game does get bogged down in politics trying to make a statement, and that's one of the things that make it less enjoyable than other games of this sort and in this series.

That, and the mechanics growing stale.

You say the game shouldn't be scored down based on not delivering on promises it never made, but the game introduces the politics! It makes the promise, right there and then, to do that half-decently rather than fuck it up so badly it glares.

If the reviewer was criticising Far Cry for being a shallow, vapid action box full of stereotypes, that would be invalid criticism because that is exactly what it's supposed to be. But he isn't. He's criticising it for trying to be the opposite of that, and that not sitting very well. That's fair. I'm going to take this to the much loved 'tortured analogy' portion of the debate:

If they decided to add in a musical number, and it was a really terrible musical number that they kept doing constant refrains of, and that marred the whole experience because it was completely at odds with the rest of the game, then reviewers would be well within their rights to call out the terrible musical number. Perhaps even to dissect exactly what made it so gratingly bad. That would be valid criticism. It being politics instead of music doesn't make a difference.

If you're not going to do a good musical number, don't bring one at all. If you put one in, people will review it. It's their choice what is or isn't in the game. Volition actually went the musical number route for Gat out of Hell. It was a much better choice than a politics bog, and it reviewed really well.

So, let's all criticise Ubi for us all agreeing that they got this wrong - Far Cry should not try to do politics - and then hopefully FC6 can have a sing-a-long, or at least a sillier story, or not bother with the stupid story at all and just be a giant online playground. Those would all be better games.
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4 weeks ago

@peejamm

Because they've already made a bunch of videos about it?
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4 weeks ago

@paradoxwizkuro

I'm reading the same review as you, and I don't think EG have set their expectations anywhere. The game brings the social commentary. It attempts to tackle 'issues' and fails, to the detriment of the overall experience.

You largely seem to agree that games like this would be better without badly executed attempts to take themselves seriously. It seems odd to acknowledge that the game is hamstrung by its own setting, and also criticise the reviewer for picking up on the same thing.
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4 weeks ago

@FortysixterUK

But the game doesn't sound that fun. It sounds like the sort of repetitive 7/10 actioner I pick up in a sale, play for a dozen hours and then forget about.
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4 weeks ago

@paradoxwizkuro

A game that is about having fun and not really caring should have a fun story that doesn't really care, like the good Saints Row games, or Blood Dragon, or GTA before it disappeared up its arse, or any of the Borderlands.

This sounds like it bogs you down in clumsy sober moralising, and if so that's a fair criticism even by your own standard. If you're going to be disappointed if you look for something deep and meaningful in a Far Cry game, why is the game trying just that?
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Last night, a million people tuned into one Fortnite YouTube stream

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4 weeks ago

@AgentDaleCooper

Like how people are always too busy playing football or snooker or darts to waste time watching people who are really good at it do it.

You'd never see that in them olden days.
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Welcome to the new Eurogamer

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1 month ago

Morning EG! How are you all today? No doubt full of the joys of spring, and itching to get to the task of informing and entertaining your knowledgeable and receptive public?
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1 month ago

@The_Goon

That gets my public upvote. It would only be like Facebook.
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1 month ago

@jswhitfield8

We call the "Recommended" these days. ;)
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1 month ago

@PlugMonkey

As @JonFE, there's nothing behind the left third of the text box. If you made it transparent there would be a line up through the text where the picture ended (and the teal notionally begins).

I think doing it this way covers a smaller chunk of a smaller picture, framing it better.

Anyway, it's not offending me, and I like the comment functionality, and I like the way the videos have been organised and promoted. I'm not sorry. Wouldn't mind a dark theme though.
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1 month ago

@JonFE

Ah, yes. Now you can see what the teal mount is for. It's to stop you having to have a big wide banner picture that is mostly obscured by the semi-transparent text box.

Look how much better framed this angry shouty man is than he was in the mock up:

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1 month ago

@Ares42

There's a picture, and there's a text box, and the text box is aligned to the adjacent frame to reveal a teal 'mount' and create the impression of layers and depth.

I'm a bit shit at mood boards to be honest, but yes, this is exactly the sort of thing people who are good at them tell me to do to make them 'look good' as you highly subjectively describe it.

Personally, I'd say I'm caught between quite liking it and finding it utterly inoffensive.
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1 month ago

Well, I like it!

Also, adblocker remains resolutely off and I haven't had a single advert intrude on me so far today - just like any other day reading EG for the last 15 years. Just saying.
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1 month ago

@Ares42

That's exactly what I'm seeing.

What's wrong with it?
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Fortnite Twitch streamer Ninja is making $500,000 a month

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1 month ago

@powerup I guess it's the same as anything else: people the next day are talking about this steam, and so this is the one people subscribe to.
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Burnout tops chart for first time in 13 years

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1 month ago

@Bumhug360

They made two Need for Speed games - Hot Pursuit (2010) and Most Wanted (2012).

It is a far different company from ten years ago - show me one that isn't - but the reason for that is not EA 'gutting' them. That simply never happened.

From when they moved all their other studios from Chertsey to Guildford to suit Criterion (RIP Bright Light), to when they funded their bonkers open world Burnout for four whole years, to when they gave them Need for Speed (RIP Black Box), to when they let them just experiment without releasing anything, to when they gave them Star Wars - EA have never 'gutted' Criterion.
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1 month ago

@Bumhug360

Something that involves the specific action of 'gutting', I'd say. That being a different cause of loss to, say, 'haemorrhaging', for example.

By the way, "doing the code" is not a thing. You can't just "do the code" for a driving part of a game. If you need proof that's not what Criterion's role in EA is, it's that.

What Criterion do right now (after having done two full bore Need for Speeds) is the spaceship sections for the Star Wars games. I donít know if youíve heard of Star Wars, but itís quite high profile. Itís the mfing holy grail of video game licenses, in fact, and the spaceship bits are the choicest cut of it.

tl;dr: No game developer has ever been made sad by getting to make the trench run out of Star Wars.
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1 month ago

@wobbly_Bob

EA didn't gut Criterion. Unless by 'gut' you mean 'give the keys to some of their most valuable franchises'.
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1 month ago

I don't know if anyone has said this yet, but Burnout 2 was much better. If they'd remastered that it would have gone to #0.
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Burnout Paradise Remastered review - driving perfection

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1 month ago

@ncBadrock

I don't think much to most of Fox's output, but I'm not boycotting Three Billboards or The Shape of Water.

I support the good stuff they make because that's how good stuff keeps getting made, especially in a vast corporation.

If EA are more 'evil' than Fox, I ain't seeing it. They're just a commercial company targeting the mainstream, and that means most of their content isn't going to be for you and me. When something is for me, though, I buy it.

Anyway, you can boycott things like this and No Way Out if you think it means you're 'taking a stand' or something, but I don't think that is the position of the genuine gaming enthusiast. Just like there are very few cinephiles posting "Fox film = no buy" at the bottom of reviews for Three Billboards.
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1 month ago

Burnout Paradise is the racing game for people who don't like racing games. If you like racing games, it's the worst Burnout in the series. If you don't like racing games, it's the best racing game ever.

The reason this re-master excites me more than any of the previous games could is the completely brilliant online, which I never thought I'd get to play again, and now I do. Yay!
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PlayStation 4 has a stunning free theme for International Women's Day

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1 month ago

@kangarootoo

Whether we ever live in a world where there the same number of female builders or plumbers is moot. What I want is a world where if any individual woman wants to be a builder or plumber, one of the challenges that stands in her way will NOT be that fact that she is a woman. That is all.

Now we could demand sources of each other, to "prove" this or that, doing that dance that people always do on the web.... or we could reasonably agree that in the current western world, it is harder (not impossible, just harder) for a woman to become a successful plumber due to occasionally but sufficiently frequently facing sexist attitudes, both in the industry and within the general public that form the customer base.
Well put.

And if we can't reasonably agree to that, I would hope would could at least reasonably agree to all go off and poll the opinion of a few women we feel we can trust.

They're a remarkable source of insight and information on this topic are women. It makes it hard for me to back it up with empirical data, but almost all of my opinions on the subject are based on conversations I've had with them.

If technicalisten had a mother, sister or aunt he felt he could ask the question "do you think men already being everywhere makes it easier for other men to get there and do the same?" he might be surprised by a few of the answers he got.
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1 month ago

@technicalisten

Being male will make some things less daunting, being female will make other things less daunting
Yes. This is absolutely true, and so we are very nearly in agreement. However, being male will make more things less daunting simply because men are already almost everywhere, doing almost everything that is important or interesting.

And that's it. That's all it is, this 'white male privilege' of yours. White, male people are already almost everywhere in our society and that makes it slightly easier, slightly more comfortable, for us to be anywhere. I'm not sure which part of that you refute. You really haven't noticed that white males are almost everywhere?

This is our pot, and we're all responsible for giving it a stir. It wouldn't make me any less comfortable if things were more mixed, quite the opposite, so let's mix it up.

This is all you are steadfastly refusing to acknowledge and determinedly standing in the way of. Why? What part of that is so threatening or contentious? Nobody is blaming you for it, and nobody is asking you to do anything about it other than acknowledge it.

White males already being everywhere makes it slightly easier for white males to get anywhere. That's all it is, and all you have to do about it is just nod. Nod at the true thing.

What do you think you'll lose? If you nod at the true thing?
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2 months ago

@technicalisten

Oh, good, because that bit is completely wrong, so easily sorted.

The point is that if you're a man born into a devastatingly poor white family you will face a less uphill struggle than if you are a woman born into a devastatingly poor non-white family.

It'll still be uphill, and no-one is saying you have a head start on every female and/or non-white child in Britain no matter how wealthy and privileged, but at least you're white and male. It could have been a bit harder still.

That's the point. All other things being equal, being white and male will make quite a few things in life a bit less daunting.

Like kangarootoo says, I've spent so much of my life taking being undaunted for granted, I've had to pay quite close attention to spot the things that might have been more daunting.

Once you do see them though, you can't un-see them.
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2 months ago

@capncobnobbler

You mean when International Men's Day rolls around slap bang in the middle of 'Movember' - the month in which men grow dodgy 'taches to promote men's issues for an entire fucking month - you don't even notice?

That entire movement has passed you by, has it? Ear to the ground, finger firmly on the pulse!

All of a sudden, it's not quite so hard to work out how gender inequality has completely passed a few people by...
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2 months ago

@mattoshi

Every person will have seen injustices and more individually privileged people in day-day life but it never normally boils down to simply 'all', 'men' or 'white'.
Nobody ever said it did. It's general, it's not absolute. And most of the time it's not 'injustice' in big, bold letters, it's just friction.

All the 'privilege' of being male and white means is the ability to do whatever I want with virtually no friction whatsoever from any quarter.

There is virtually nothing that I could want to do that isn't entirely 'normal' for me to do it. Nothing that I could want to achieve or take part in that would force me to feel like the 'first' or 'only' one doing it. I've done everything I've ever done with a really, really very handy blanket of anonymity that I can cloak myself with any time I like and blend into the crowd. I can stand out easily enough when I want, but when I don't want I just become one of the normal people doing a normal thing because I'm normal. That is so much less tiring!

Anyone white and male who can't see that such friction exists in more areas for other people than for themselves simply is not looking. That's all this is about. Let's reduce the friction and expand the normal.
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2 months ago

@ClassyCaribou

Massive, massive lol.

And Ignore.
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2 months ago

@KevInChester

It's easy! WUGUPMSMTBBMHWMFCMTGTTTTDMMA!

(I wish I'd had to look that up.)

(I didn't.)
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Horizon Zero Dawn shifts a whopping 7.6m copies

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2 months ago

@Wren-Rudo

Yes. 'A'. As in 'one'. Out of how many?

EA think this kind of high risk gamble isn't the best way to make money any more. You, based on this single data point, think that it is.

Have you seen EA's share price over the last five years?

What you are is a metaller pointing out a single platinum selling prog metal album to Simon Cowell.

He still isn't going to give a shit because heavy metal is still a niche. A kick ass niche that I like very much, but still a niche.
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2 months ago

@jonc24

It's almost as if different companies are targeting different markets with different products tailored to those different markets.

Almost.
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ESRB will add warning labels to games with microtransactions

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2 months ago

@freddones

If someone thinks the original release of Dark Souls III was 'incomplete' and in some way intended to 'trap' them and rip them off, then I hold them in nothing but absolute contempt.
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Yes, you really do have to pay for an extra character slot in Metal Gear Survive

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2 months ago

It's a baffling choice, really - this isn't the kind of game you'd want to grind through with different characters, seeing as you're never locked into one particular build, though why option is then locked out behind a paywall seems only to invite ire.
Just so I'm clear: the complaint is that a feature that a regular user would never need - one that would only ever be of interest to some kind of power user investing thousands of hours in the game - is the one that costs a bit of extra money?

Who exactly are you complaining on behalf of? The people who don't need this, who shouldn't really care, or the people getting more than their money's worth, who also shouldn't really care?

And who do you think should pay to support the continued development of this sort of game if not the sort of power user who grinds multiple characters?
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The Papers, Please short film is out now

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2 months ago

@LukehMuse

Now when I play, I stamp his home-made passport.

"Hey Jorji!"
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All Walls Must Fall review - the tactics genre gets a quirky new treat

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2 months ago

Then, when it's all done and the shooting has concluded, you get to "drop it", which means you exit turn-based combat and then watch a real-time replay of all the mayhem you've just caused.
God dammnit. That was going to be my clever "I can't believe no-one has done this already" idea.
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Kingdom Come Deliverance on PC offers huge upgrades over console

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2 months ago

If only it wasn't so horribly, horribly broken in so very, very many different ways absolutely all over the place.

It's like Troika have been reborn.
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Kingdom Come: Deliverance review - history is a double-edged sword

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2 months ago

On top of this is a constant need to manage your inventory after every fight, to shift the heavy gear to your horse before shifting it back again before you sell. It sounds like a little detail, but in the flow of the game it's a niggling constant and adds up.
Are you short of money? No? Well then, stop picking up shit you don't need and that problem will go away.
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System Shock reboot put on "hiatus", 18 months after it raised $1.3 million on Kickstarter

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2 months ago

@ziggy_played_guitar

Pretty much all projects ask for, and secure, money in advance. As a general rule, if you don't pay your team your team don't work.
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I owe everything I am to Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday

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2 months ago

I'm yet to find anyone else my age who's even heard of Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday, let alone played it,
I'm 39. I've played it to completion maybe a dozen times.

One of the finest, if not the finest, RPG I've ever played. It's huge. It's open. There's tonnes to do and find and explore. You get a mystery to solve and a solar system to fly around solving it in, and there's no hand holding whatsoever.

Did you know there's a sequel? 'Matrix Cubed'. It uses the Ultima style first person view this game also had when on PC and I never quite got to grips with it. Maybe I'll hunt it down and give it another go.
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Sea of Thieves' character creator won't be for everyone

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2 months ago

@Ffordesoon

You can't tell if you really like something until your finger is hovering over the re-roll button!

I like it too.
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A Plague Tale: Innocence wants to be The Last of Us with rats

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2 months ago

@maximusfarticus

If that's not one, what would a proper introduction be?
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds details long-awaited new anti-cheat measures

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3 months ago

@ChoosableOne

Don't exaggerate. It's not anywhere even remotely close.

I played for about four hours yesterday and didn't have one remotely suspicious death.
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3 months ago

@ChoosableOne

If they keep spoiling the experience for everyone else, then yes, that's exactly what I would say.

I'd rather lose the 0.0001% that cheat than risk the other 99.9999% getting fed up and leaving.
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PUBG, Fortnite Battle Royale and the question of how new genres form

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3 months ago

Bad copying: "That's making money! We should do that!"

Good copying: "I love that idea! But it's not quite right!"
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