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What EA is and isn't saying about microtransactions returning to Star Wars Battlefront 2

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3 months ago

Jorgensen quickly added: "I'll just add we do not believe loot boxes and similar mechanics are a form of gambling."
For the price of 0.79, we can all test that strange notion on Steam: I Can't Believe It's Not Gambling
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20 years on, Theme Hospital is still brilliant

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3 months ago

What made Theme Hospital so extremely brilliant was the humour. That's missing from a lot of games. I hope its spiritual successor, Twp Point Hospital, a;so brings the laughs/ Theme Hospital was and still is an absolute classic.
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An attempt to analyse a board game we just got in a Christmas cracker

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4 months ago

Haha - EXCELLENT piece of writing! I'm sure I've played quite a few PC games over the years that caused equal - confusion...
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Your Amiga games are likely dying

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4 months ago

@vulcanproject I miss the boxes too. I bought hundreds of games literally based on the screenshots and packaging. Online screenshots of today's games don't seem to have the same effect (which is probably a good thing)!
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Growing up with and growing out of The Sims

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5 months ago

Sims 2 was the apex of the series in my opinion. Only in that game could you uncover a sinister murder plot in the neighbourhood, the unearthly goings on of a family of scientists who were meddling in what should be left alone, and discover that Sims could occasionally become rather genuinely scary ghosts. It was all toned down, pared back and made more child-friendly in Sims 3 - a sad move where the game really did lose its way. Best of all, I learnt how to create custom content and decked out my neighbourhood in dark, industrial and slum-like content. Loved it! And I miss it. Sims 4 misses out on everything that made the series great.
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Frictional Games sheds more light on sea horror SOMA's upcoming 'Safe Mode'

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5 months ago

Great news! I look forward to being able to finish the game as it got a bit too scary for me originally. I love dark and scary atmospheres, but monster-fights, not so much - so it sounds like Frictional have come up with an ideal alternative for us self-confessed wusses!
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LA Noire remaster changes those infamous interrogation button prompts

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5 months ago

@leftbeef I agree with you. I'd love a remastered PC version too as the original is very temperamental to run with that old Rockstar club sign-in thing that doesn't always want to work.
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Hitman: Game of the Year Edition reactivates Elusive Targets

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6 months ago

I'll be getting the upgrade because I missed the Elusive Targets. My one disappointment is that they're STILL 'one-time-only'. What is the point in doing all that work to forcibly deny these targets any replayability for people who enjoyed them thew first time round?
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Would the Queen survive Medieval England?

badwhippet

6 months ago

Haha! A quality piece of writing - humorous, and it makes me want to try learning CKII again just to have a go at the same thing! Anyone know of tutorials for village idiots?!
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Humankind's last city grows from nothing in first Frostpunk gameplay trailer

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8 months ago

NICE! The Top 4 games on my Steam wish-list are all upcoming city-builders! 2018 is shaping up to be a great gaming year for this genre.
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Let's talk about the controversial Ark: Survival Evolved price hike

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9 months ago

Honestly, as a single player in ARK, I've always loved it. My beef isn't so much with the high price hike generally, but the fact that the increase went a massive 18% higher in the UK than all the other regional increases (the price announced was 55, now reduced since the original backlash). Although high, the price is better now, but if it was launching at a triple-A 39.99 that would seem perfectly reasonable (if coming out of Early Access).
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All of a sudden there are two big pirate games coming out in 2018

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10 months ago

Neither, thanks - unless there is decent single-player. I don't get this 'play with friends' craze. I don't want to watch my fave TV shows with all my friends either!
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Microsoft is remastering Age of Empires for PC

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10 months ago

Oh heck! First, a new Wolfenstein, then a new chapter of Dishonored, and now a remaster of THIS classic! Looks like I'll have to put the family up for sale after today's E3 (will try to hang on to the house and car until tomorrow)...
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Dishonored: Death of the Outsider standalone expansion announced

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10 months ago

What an awesome surprise! Can't wait to see more on this.
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WipEout series claims first ever UK chart top spot with Omega Collection

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10 months ago

I expected a bit of an old Wipeout port to be honest. Instead, we got a FANTASTIC, polished, all-new experience most worthy of the Wipeout pedigree. It is truly fantastic. I love all my anti-grav racers on PC, but I enjoy PS4's Wipeout Omega most of all.
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WipEout Omega Collection: remaster, revamp or remake?

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10 months ago

I only have the basic PS4 and a regular telly (ie cheap!) but WOW, this collection is absolutely bloody fantastic! I'm having a blast with it. THIS is the game that states 'you must by a PS4'. It looks stunning and the gameplay is smooth as silk. I love it.
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Brenda Romero versus the systems of pain

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11 months ago

What an awesome and inspiring article. It has given me a lot to think about.
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The next game from the people behind Tropico is Surviving Mars

badwhippet

11 months ago

Looking at the Steam store page for it, the screenshots look fantastic already. Having played Planetbase to death, I really look forward to a new colony sim. :D
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Arkane's living prisons

badwhippet

1 year ago

What a great article! I think Arkane are fabulous at their craft and I hugely look forward to Prey. They've given me some of the best single-player game experiences I've ever had.
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WipEout Omega Collection speeds onto PS4 in June

badwhippet

1 year ago

OMG - and just when I was wondering why I'd bothered buying a PS4! This right here is the reason!
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GeForce Now streaming coming to PC and Mac

badwhippet

1 year ago

If nvidia is targeting an audience who would prefer the grunt of gaming to be cloud-based, then the UK with its shit internet provision cannot be its main target.
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Why I think big console game sales are down

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1 year ago

There are cross-platform gamers too. I'm a PC gamer who bought a PS4 for exclusives, but there have only been about half a dozen of those. Console games are outrageously expensive - even used-game prices are often more expensive than a digital version from Steam. For multi-platform gamers, consoles are offering very little incentive.
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When is a layer not a layer? Dishonored 2's intricate approach to level design

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2 years ago

@ronorra A great video! Alas, even after my 15+ playthroughs I was still pretty crap - LOL! But that is the great thing about Dishonored: the skilled players get to play sheer awesomeness while 'also-rans' like me get to enjoy it at a much lower and slower level. :D
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2 years ago

This is exactly what made the original replayable so many times. Even after 15+ playthroughs (lost count after that) I STILL found new things to try and new ways to go.
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Virgin Media wants you to buy its "boss-mode level" broadband for gamers

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2 years ago

Virgin Media wants you to buy its "boss-mode level" broadband for gamers
Then Virgin Media best think about digging some fibre optic cable! Shit - gotta love my 5Mb/s download 0.5Mb/s up.
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Nvidia unveils cut-down GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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2 years ago

@legendmir1 If you already have a 4Gb GTX 970, there is only a slight upgrade to the GTX 1060, and worse, this one is gimped down to 3Gb GDDR which has already shown itself to be a bottleneck to a small number of games (so this would actually be a downgrade for you). Your most sensible upgrade would be to save up for a GTX 1080 as this would give you a much bigger upgrade return, though that cost is an issue especially with the Brexit factor.
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MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming Z review: Living the 4K dream?

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2 years ago

I ordered the Founders Edition which won't run as cool as the MSI I'm sure, but that price is an ouch! Scan is selling it for 829!! My basic-clocked FE was 554 (including VAT) from PC Specialist last week. If the MSI coolers are as efficient as described, then it will be an awesome card, but adding 200-300 to the price seems excessive.
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Fallout Shelter will be released on PC this week

badwhippet

2 years ago

Loved this on mobile - a little bit Simtower-ish, but with enemies. If it doesn't use microtransactions I'll be buying it.
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Hitman's latest Elusive Contract is now live

badwhippet

2 years ago

I hope the Elusive Contracts are (at the very least) offered as DLC given the code has clearly been developed (and it would be a shame for all that to go to waste). I bought the full game but have so far not been able to play any of them (due to unfortunate timing mostly).
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UK Russian Embassy tweets screenshot from Command & Conquer Generals

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2 years ago

Nope - these are the real deal. Just look at the photo of those extremists - that chicken is definitely a KFC extremist.
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You can't buy Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered separately

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2 years ago

I would expect (and be willing) to pay 20 for a remaster, and 45 tops for a brand new game (PC) - so that's 65. I can't justify 80 for a game. Like a lot of others here I'll have to wait until/if it comes down in price.
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One machine to rule them all: the triumph of Xbox 360

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2 years ago

Oh heck, I still have the very first X-Box (and a PS2 - both bought almost together). Both still work too, though I haven't played games on either for quite some time now.
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Assassin's Creed Syndicate bows out today with The Last Maharaja DLC

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2 years ago

@frazzl I agree: a modern-day AC would be great. Quite honestly, if Ubi had added an Animus to Watch-dogs, that would have been it. The game is otherwise identical to an AC game (unlock area by scaling a tall thing, assassinate, use stealth if you want, do a ton of side-missions...). It feels very 'familiar' to anyone who's played an AC game, put it that way. :D
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Disgraced senator who campaigned against violent video games jailed

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2 years ago

And there we have the plot for Sleeping Dogs 2!
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Dying Light Spotlight Edition costs $10m

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2 years ago

the voice of Kyle Crane in a special edition of Dying Light
Oh, if only I had such stupid-money. It would be great to make Techland honour that prize and be forced to rename Kyle to Wendy Crane instead....
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Grip, the Rollcage spiritual successor, hits Steam

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2 years ago

@IronSoldier It pains me to admit that I too am old enough to remember both Powerdrome and Stun Runner - two of my very favourite games of the era.
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This War of Mine: The Little Ones is coming to consoles in January

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2 years ago

But still no sign of "The Little Ones" add-on coming to the PC. I wish it would.
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Zombi to get boxed release for PC, PS4, Xbox One

badwhippet

2 years ago

It's riddled with bugs and crashes, and the graphics are less than stellar at times, but I LOVED this game on PC! It was totally worth the fight. Very atmospheric.
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Jade Raymond building "Assassin's Creed-style game" for EA

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2 years ago

EA? That means it will skip any decent single-player campaign completely. I quit buying EA ages back because of this. A pity.
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System Shock 2, Riddick and Banished free when spending in GOG Big Fall Sale

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2 years ago

Pax Imperia for 0.69!! My delight is not because it's so dirt-cheap, but because Pax Imperia has finally appeared at GOG and I never even noticed!
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Bit.Trip dev is releasing "existential rhythm action game" Laserlife this month

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3 years ago

A decent rhythm-game on PC? And Rez-like????! Take my money now!
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The Amiga is 30 years old today

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3 years ago

WOT?!!! No mention of the workhorse Amiga A2000?! The horror! This proved an invaluable asset in the early 90s for our film editing studio, providing graphics, credits and animations - as well as some DTP work for accompanying printed material. And the CD32 - a console before consoles were ever really a thing (ignoring the 1970s Ataris, that is)...
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This War of Mine available today on iPad, Android

badwhippet

3 years ago

I already played the PC version to death. No matter - this was an insta-buy! It works beautifully on the nvidia Shield tablet. Beautifully done.
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Planet Coaster announced for 2016

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3 years ago

BRILLIANT! Just WANT! I hope we won't be forced to play in a multiplayer environment though (that 'planet' title makes me nervous).
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New study suggests link between gaming and neurological disorders

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3 years ago

Why is it that people who carry out a tiny, elementary study then feel a need to report the findings to an alarmist press (thinking Daily Wail here) before then citing that it's only a "small study", more research needed, only correlation not causation, etc. JEEZ - FINISH THE DAMN RESEARCH FIRST!
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Overkill's The Walking Dead confirmed for PS4, Xbox One and PC

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3 years ago

Aw crap - only co-op? R.I.P single-player campaigns. :cry:
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Ouya seeks quick sale as debts mount

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3 years ago

It's got nowhere to go now. No-one will be buying it up because the technology has already been superseded by other devices such as the nvidia Shield which has a decent gamepad controller and streams Android and PC games direct to TV.
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Valve's missing Link

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3 years ago

I'm stoked about Steam Link. I currently use an nvidia Shield tablet and controller to stream compatible games to my TV upstairs and it's great, but it won't stream my entire Steam library. Roll on November!
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Rich Stanton on: Requiem for a dreamer

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3 years ago

@Silverflash An excellent and eloquent reply that I enjoyed reading as much as the main article. :)
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Alien: Isolation leads 2015 BAFTA Game Awards nominations

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3 years ago

Alien: Isolation SO deserves this. I naively thought a second play-through would be much easier but my complacence has led to an even more sharply honed and determined xenomorph, reminding me why this game should be recategorised as the Cowering Simulator.
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