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ArenaNet fires two Guild Wars 2 writers over Twitter exchange with YouTuber

Stranded87

2 weeks ago

One of the many reasons I don't have a very public social media presence, despite being in a job where it could be beneficial to. They were out of line, but I could see me easily making similar comments when I'm not in a work mindset.
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PlayStation Plus double discounts return this week

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2 weeks ago

@Brainflowers nor will it. Last gen proved that arcade racers don't sell (sadly, because they can be great), and Onrush additionally is a bit trickier to get into or explain than a normal racer. It's good though. Well worth the current asking price.
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Say hello to Eurogamer's new Reporter Intern

Stranded87

3 weeks ago

@VeganViking or, you know, she was just the best person for the job. Women make up roughly 50% of the population after all, it shouldn't be surprising that some know how to write about video games.
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PlayStation Plus games for July announced

Stranded87

3 weeks ago

@Wayne yep you imagined it. That would be great though.
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Lumines Remastered review - a puzzle masterpiece finds a perfect new home

Stranded87

3 weeks ago

@ricpamiwor yeah, almost certainly. Lumines is a classic.
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Skyrim patched to improve PlayStation VR visuals

Stranded87

3 weeks ago

@Games_Should_Be_Fun I don't think it's ever given me a headache but I'm sure lots of people must get them. Just looking at a screen for long enough can give you a headache, having one a centimetre from your eyeballs is sure to accelerate that.
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Life is Strange 2's first episode has a release date

Stranded87

4 weeks ago

@vert1go this would be funnier if Captain Spirit was officially referred to as Life is Strange 2 anywhere, but I don't think it is. Certainly the trailer doesn't call it that. It's just 'in the Life is Strange universe' and probably loosely connected to Life is Strange 2 but really, I suspect, its own thing.
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Ex-Sony dev says PS4 / console cross-platform block is all about the money

Stranded87

1 month ago

@Fourfoldroot I still think you're overstating the importance of it, but you're right in that this could become a PR disaster (I'm a multi-platform but mostly PS4 player with no interest in the affected games and it's still pissing me off). You're also right in that whatever the reason Sony should be displaying more 'honesty' and transparency, especially now that this is all in the limelight. Shrugging it off while giving no real reasons does not make them look good.
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Stranded87

1 month ago

@Fourfoldroot I'd be really surprised if allowing cross platform play had anything close to that kind of impact. Admittedly I don't know for sure, but neither do you.
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Eurogamer's best of E3 2018

Stranded87

1 month ago

@antmusic97 seriously? Eurogamer is regularly accused of being overly pro-Sony. It's also often accused of being too pro-Nintendo. Except when it's accused of the opposite. I'd love to know what you think is happening here.
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The PlayStation 4 Fortnite account curse is not "for the players" at all

Stranded87

1 month ago

@SavageEvil but it's an Epic Games account (or whatever) not a PlayStation one. And it's for a free game, so one that people are likely to play across platforms. And you can play cross-platform between Xbox and Switch, so it's just Sony being petty. And the whole 'if you've ever played Paragon on PS4 you can't use your Epic account to Play Fortnite on Xbox' is full crazy.

Note: PS4 Pro is my main console and I couldn't care less about Fortnite, so I'm not biased against Sony here. It's just ridiculous.
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CD Projekt explains why it went with first-person for Cyberpunk 2077

Stranded87

1 month ago

@atomic_ed And did you complain when The Witcher 3 didn't let you play in first-person? I'm guessing not, because that would be dumb, but at least then you'd be consistent.
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Stranded87

1 month ago

@atomic_ed this is really dumb. It's their vision, every step of the way they're deciding what is good (or at least what they want), the same as any other game. To take your argument to its logical conclusion all games should just be development software so you can make your own and choose everything. Besides which it might be a lot of work to get a third-person view working well. I doubt it's as simple as just a perspective shift. Mechanics and animations would potentially have to be re-worked.
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The big BioWare interview: the response to Anthem, and the future of Mass Effect

Stranded87

1 month ago

@Rodimus-Prime I interpreted that more as them somewhat copping to making a mistake in what they showed, and blaming themselves rather than people, because of course people will draw assumptions.
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EA announces another Original: Sea of Solitude

Stranded87

1 month ago

@kevboard1990 thing is, if they're making money with these ideas as a game, that means there is a market for them and people who like them, myself included. Outside of a few genres I'm much more interested in story, or innovative but often simple games like Journey, than anything else these days.
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EA announces new Command & Conquer

Stranded87

1 month ago

Dammit. I actually got excited by the 'But...' because I'd much rather play a new C&C on tablet than anything else. But of course, it's not a 'proper' one.
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IO Interactive unveils Hitman 2, out in November

Stranded87

1 month ago

@Mar27w that seems such a minor point, especially when guns themselves can be such a minor part of the game. Oh well, I'm sure small things have ruined stuff for me before, seems a shame though. Equally though I agree it would be very easy for them to fix.
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Westworld actor to star in live-action Sonic the Hedgehog film

Stranded87

2 months ago

@the9000 no I'm sure they're generally profitable, but I don't recall often seeing them in the charts, so I'm guessing (obviously could be wrong) that the income from them is modest, and I'd think an almost certainly tacky movie based on them would be even more niche in its appeal. Then again, maybe they do better abroad.
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Stranded87

2 months ago

Do the Sonic games even make much money any more? Because if no one's buying the games they're sure as hell not going to get people to watch a film. Even if it's good. Which it won't be. Because it's a Sonic film.
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Detroit: Become Human review - clumsy yet effective robot-rights thriller

Stranded87

2 months ago

@mostro I think your perception of what no badge means is out of line with EG's. It's certainly out of line with mine - I'd imagine scores of up to 7/10 not getting a badge, which isn't far off the MC average.
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Sony: VR market growth "below expectation"

Stranded87

2 months ago

@drawfull I somewhat agree with you on cost, but in defence of the other points, at least when it comes to PSVR: it doesn't take long to set them up BUT when I come to play a game the extra faff of putting the headset and headphones on does sometimes put me off using my VR, even though the actual time is small. And in terms of cables. Ok, there might not be many more, but until I found a way to hide it away without making it inaccessible the combo of cable, headset and headphones was messy to store.

I'm a big defender of VR and really hope it gets the few more years of investment I think it needs to overcome some of the issues, but it certainly does have issues.
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Stranded87

2 months ago

@duerer yeah, to echo the other replies, VR is one of the best same-room social gaming things around, especially now splitscreen multiplayer is dying a death.
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Stick-figure wild west comedy West of Loathing is heading to Switch this spring

Stranded87

2 months ago

@IncredibleBulk it's about 10 hours I think (can't be sure, I only played half of it, but that seems to be the consensus.) I don't think that's bad at all for something that almost certainly won't be a full price game. It's currently only 8 on Steam but even at 3 times that I'd say it's worth the money at that length.
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Stranded87

4 months ago

Feels like I've been waiting forever for this on iOS. I guess I'll take the switch version if it lands first. I just want it on something portable, it's absolutely not the sort of game I see myself playing on a desktop or even a conventional console.
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The overlooked Torment: Tides of Numenera is free on Steam this weekend

Stranded87

2 months ago

@ferrod you have quite a narrow view of what constitutes a game then. And there are lots of conventionally gamey parts to it beyond the text anyway.
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Larian doing significant work to Divinity: Original Sin 2 for console release

Stranded87

2 months ago

Would love to experience the new version, especially the changes to act 3, but I just don't have the time to sink another 60 hours into a game I've already played. Kinda jealous of the people who'll get this version for their first run through. The standard version is already one of the best RPGs ever made.
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Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire review - a golden doubloon of an RPG

Stranded87

2 months ago

@UncleLou it's odd. The rotatable camera in DOS 2 initially felt like such a chore, while the fact that I couldn't rotate the camera in PoE 2 initially felt really restrictive. In both cases I quickly got used to it.
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Humble's Spring Sale is now live

Stranded87

2 months ago

@roryasaurus The deals above are things you can just buy from the Humble Store, no subscription required. And yes some of the money goes to charity, can't remember exactly how it works/is divided.

There's also Humble Monthly, which is a subscription service that gets you 'free' games every month (often quite recent AAA stuff as well as older things and indies) as well as a discount on store purchases.

Edit: The games you get on Humble Monthly you can keep even if you cancel your subscription, so it's not like PS Plus.
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Life is Strange official comic continues one of the game's endings

Stranded87

3 months ago

December though? Damn. Pre-ordered anyway.
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Why Jack Reacher is gaming's greatest hero

Stranded87

3 months ago

@roughsleeper damn, after reading this I'm now a lot more interested in the books. Though I also think it sounds like a faithful adaptation of them could make for a great film series and even - with a little skill and imagination - a great game.
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Stranded87

3 months ago

@Ingram85 Ellie has a lot of fans, including me. I don't always care about the subjects she chooses but she's always funny, engaging and something a bit different. And as someone in broadly this field I feel qualified to say that you wouldn't do it for half the price (the money isn't typically great) or anywhere near half as well.
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State of Decay 2 is looking a little too overfamiliar

Stranded87

3 months ago

@Brainflowers agreed. If I didn't already have a One S I'd buy the X and if I was just now considering whether to go Sony or Microsoft the X would be tempting (though on balance I'd probably still pick content over performance).
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Stranded87

3 months ago

@ToaplanX "I don't want safe AAAA super mega overrated movie games thanks" it sounds from that like you think PS4 exclusives typically are? Which is a really odd stance, since from my perspective PS4 has far more interesting indie games and the like, as well as a better hit rate with the big blockbusters. In fact, while I have both formats now I started with the PS4 mostly because its game line-up looked less 'safe'.
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Stranded87

3 months ago

@Games_Should_Be_Fun yep, it's a bad situation. If it wasn't for the One X now making Xbox a decent choice for multi-plat stuff I would see very little reason for anyone to choose/stick with Xbox over PS4. I have both so I'd like to see both do well but as things stand I almost never even turn my Xbox on.
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Nintendo's next smartphone game is a big surprise

Stranded87

3 months ago

@FortysixterUK I know (hope) this comment isn't entirely serious, but if it ceases to be dross simply because it changes platform it was never dross in the first place. I've played some brilliant games on phone/tablet and some are a brilliant fit.
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Adventure Time is getting an open-world pirate game early next year

Stranded87

3 months ago

@ihnm_aims you're being very silly, you know that, right?
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Microsoft moves to terminate fan-made Halo Online mod

Stranded87

3 months ago

@Third thanks for this, I'd long been under the impression that the argument above was nonsense, but never known the real situation, this makes things a lot clearer.
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Far From Noise and the value - and dangers - of loneliness

Stranded87

3 months ago

This game's been on my radar for a while, might finally need to play it.
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Obsidian outlines first three Pillars of Eternity 2 post-launch expansions

Stranded87

3 months ago

@erlinghagen I mean, it's a fair point, and I would be interested to know Obsidian's reasoning for announcing them now, but at the same time given that the first game had two major expansions this one was always very likely to have them, the only difference is that now you know the timings.
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Get three months of PS Plus free with a 12-month membership

Stranded87

3 months ago

@PraiseTheSun "This is, however, the standard price for PS Plus after Sony's price bump" but yeah, they prob should have emphasised that the 12-month offer is actually slightly better.
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South Park: The Fractured But Whole review

Stranded87

3 months ago

This was maybe my biggest disappointment of last year. The combat was better than the original game, but everything else was equal or worse and there was a lot of typical Ubisoft busywork. I really didn't enjoy it much at all.
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The Crew 2 is a more joyful, less edgy breed of open world racer

Stranded87

3 months ago

If the graphics are half decent in this I'll be all over it. I don't normally care much, but in a game that feels basically like a road trip they're one of the most important aspects and left a lot to be desired in the original. Everything else was largely forgivable I thought in the face of such a huge playground.
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GOG's latest sale focuses on the site's most wishlisted games

Stranded87

3 months ago

Divinity OS 2 is essential if you've not played it and even vaguely like RPGs. Prob the best RPG in years.
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The horror of Vault 11

Stranded87

3 months ago

@swisstony and in this case it was made by a studio known for its writing, rather than Bethesda.
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Hitchcock, God of War and the long take

Stranded87

3 months ago

@Agarwel_Idiriz yeah, probably the best/most impressive example of a long take. Also an absolutely brilliant film imo. Everyone should watch it.
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The Banner Saga 3 gets a July release date

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3 months ago

@Ivattthestanier I'm sure they will review the third one given that they've already reviewed the first two, and there's no need to review those ones again
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Long-rumoured Spyro Reignited Trilogy listed on Amazon, with ugly boxart

Stranded87

4 months ago

@SonicUk it just looks weird and shonky to me. Clearly you're not alone in having no problem with it though. Fortunately the actual game looks a lot better imo.
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Nintendo Switch gets South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Stranded87

4 months ago

"enjoyable" might be pushing it. I loved Stick of Truth but found this one a dull chore and ditched it after a handful of hours.
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Grand Theft Auto 5 sold another 1m copies in the UK in 2017

Stranded87

5 months ago

@fatbob1080 but why didn't you buy it 5 years ago?
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Thimbleweed Park's new DLC lets you unbeep Ransome the Clown's sweary speech

Stranded87

5 months ago

@scatman839 while this probably should be free I doubt it's removing censorship as such. I'd think the beeps are there by design and arguably make it funnier.
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