blarty

"You got clobbered"

blarty

5 days ago

Alexa is your personal Call of Duty WW2 coach - and he's not pulling any punches.
Did you just assume someone's gender?
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Halo: The Master Chief Collection gets big new patch later this summer

blarty

6 days ago

Liking the look of the new splash screen.....

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Why the games media has a diversity problem - this website especially

blarty

2 weeks ago

So if we look at this from a fairly Machiavellian point of view....

Who are you going to fire, Olli?

Put simply, you either create new roles principally for the sake of increasing diversity, not necessarily bad, but the fact that you will have to not hire a white male-beard, irrespective of how many white male-beards apply to your job adverts, otherwise you'll fall foul of a Twitter lynch mob ( I mean we can forget the fact that that kind of hiring is discriminatory, but it's the positive kind of discrimination so I'm sure legality is easily ignored) might cause problems, or you fire some of your long standing staff, after all EG doesn't have a lot of staff turnover....
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blarty

2 weeks ago

It's a bit of a chicken and the egg issue isn't it, I mean is it plausible, for even just a single moment, that the people who claim that the gaming industry is filled with horrible people, trolls and icky gross sorts who just exude toxic masculinity from every pore, have some part to play in perpetuating this view? Not all of it of course, that would be nonsense.

If the press tells an audience that something in a box is going to harm them, and that audience takes that in good faith, (and why wouldn't they, after all you're all upstanding types who have never blown stories up to be more than what they are, or even worse kept certain things on the down low because of 'keeping to the narrative' or the people involved are your friends or 'fighting the good fight'), you can then go to a third party, like another outlet, and tell them that this group of people are afraid of whats in the box, and that outlet will tell other people that this first group are afraid, and if you perpetuate that far enough you can create enough anecdotal evidence and lets be honest, more importantly, fear, that just the belief that there is something harmful in the box would affect the popular view that society would have.

And if you've made people afraid of what's in the box why would they go near it, or in this case , if you've painted the video games industry, it's culture and it's consumer base, for years in a negative light, specifically for certain groups of people, why on earth would they want to work in it?

Making the games industry better for all is not just about changing perceptions, but also about not perpetuating some of them.

But I guess that's just me rambling and that couldn't possibly be a factor, because that would require games outlets and critics to take on board something that they've stayed well clear of for many years - accountability.
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Blizzard: A proper Overwatch campaign would be "like making a brand new game"

blarty

2 weeks ago

That's a significant amount of work.
Instead, we'll have more skins, introduce some pointless backstory for some of our characters, add in more skins, lecture people about "toxic behaviour", put in a few more skins, then scan your facebook and twitter to see if you're a "toxic" player, then sell you more skins before finally closing your account because we've arbitrarily decided you're toxic.

New content?! Nah that's a significant amount of work.
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds files lawsuit against mobile clones

blarty

2 weeks ago

@the_teapot It also changed form -25 being low-scoring to -5
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blarty

2 weeks ago

Ah Yes. Lawsuits..... they always go well.
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Far Cry's villains are sick of Far Cry

blarty

3 weeks ago

Do you get paid based on the number of words written?
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PlayStation VR is beginning to feel a bit like the Vita

blarty

3 weeks ago

@drxym Fair enough, but as I pointed out, most VR games don't get boost from a PS4 Pro - so it'll make little to no difference with PSVR
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blarty

3 weeks ago

@drxym PSVR doesn't need a PS4 Pro at all, indeed a lot of PSVR games do not get a bump up with PS4 Pro - presumably because the game is tweaked specifically for motion sickness and fidelity in line with the base PS4 and they don't want to mess with it
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No Man's Sky headed to Xbox One, next big update arrives this summer

blarty

4 weeks ago

I'm actually coming back around to playing this on PC and it's a great 'departure' game - just good to potter around in. Ship Combat and Dogfighting is still pretty crappy though.

Might fire it up on the PS4 Pro later for a bit of a distraction.
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President Trump shown violent video game reel while meeting members of the industry

blarty

2 months ago

Please the hypocrisy is astonishing.

Given the number of times other people have attempted to tie social problems and real world repugnant behaviour and attitudes to both video games and gamers, with no substantial, longitudinal evidence, in the last 5 or so years, and the games press has often ignored the accusations, or worse still, sometimes even joined in, I'd have thought self-awareness would've kicked in and you might've quietly left this one alone as it's clearly not what you say, or the merit (or not) of your argument, but who you are.
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Sources: Yes, Diablo 3 is coming to Nintendo Switch

blarty

2 months ago

Let's just see if it ends up being 42 quid like every other last gen port tha finds it's way to the Switch.....
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In Nintendo, Bayonetta has found the most unlikely saviour

blarty

2 months ago

In Nintendo, Bayonetta has found the most unlikely saviour
And at 42.99 a pop, Nintendo's not doing badly out of it either....
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Trump administration increasingly bringing video games into school safety debate

blarty

2 months ago

Just remember all those articles about certain aspects in video games translating to real world problems..... I mean it's almost as if all the hand wringing about games from certain quarters has come home to roost.
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Eurogamer's parent company Gamer Network has been bought by PAX operator ReedPOP

blarty

2 months ago

Let's see how things are in a year.....


... after all, users appear to be a valuable commodity.
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Kingdom Come: Deliverance review - history is a double-edged sword

blarty

2 months ago

It's not conclusive proof but it's readily available doubt to undermine Warhorse's interpretation.
Sorry, but equally "You just can't know" and ""What if" hardly provide conclusive evidence either, that in a particular, even slender, time frame (especially one during a time of what would be huge political unrest and civil war) in what you admit is a "16 square kilometre area of rural Bohemia" [as reference even my northern, post-industrial shit hole [PISH] of a town is bigger than 16sq km], that particular ethnic groups or individuals mingled freely in the early 1400s.

Your historian's "what-ifs" have no more concrete basis than the aspersions you're casting on the "probably-nots" of the historians Warhorse consulted.
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Can Kingdom Come Deliverance's tech deliver its ambitious vision?

blarty

2 months ago

It's interesting to note that the comments and political views and or affiliations of other people in the gaming industry will not be discussed with such aplomb in technical reviews of the games that person has been just a part of.

Oh and just for the record, can we get a list of all the political views including cross references to twitter for every person that worked on the game? Just simply because it would be incredibly remiss of Eurogamer to take a piece of work created by several individuals and reduce all their efforts to a single person in order to criticise that single person's viewpoints, and in so doing erasing the viewpoints of other individuals, just so you can take political potshots.

In fact no, I'll give Eurogamer the benefit of the doubt, because reading more into it, that entire paragraph makes sense, if, given that it's an article about technical performance, you are clearly making a causative conclusion that drops in the game to sub-30fps are down to Vavra being a shitlord, and that if he embraced the correct opinions in his personal life that that alone would make the game hit a locked 60 fps.
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Meet Double Fine's Tim Schafer at EGX Rezzed

blarty

2 months ago

I'd like to go if only to step up to ask a question and then say "Nah, never mind, I can't ask a question and expect a reasonable answer from a man who can't shave himself" - I mean that picture makes him look like an extra from Fallout New Vegas, I'm half expecting him to start calling himself "Easy Pete"
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Kingdom Come: Deliverance has a hefty day-one update

blarty

2 months ago

@Mar27w
I'd like to go to Camelot, I hear it has a great Knightlife
Not anymore.....
https://www.chorley-guardian.co.uk/news/see-inside-pictures-of-the-abandoned-camelot-theme-park-1-8564820
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blarty

2 months ago

@Zealuu2 This is also a guy who's been told by progressives (presumably you're a progressive) that they know more about his culture, and his history, than he, his development team and the academics and so on that he's consulted with and at the same time have ignored and mocked his own experiences growing up under the communist regime that was prevalent in the Eastern bloc for the majority of the latter half of the last century.

I don't see you taking such a principled stance against these people.

You see the problem is the progressive worldview and/or ideology is filled with hypocrisy and exceptions - it will happily indulge in everything it condemns in others because it's proponents believe the morality they wrap their dogma in makes them somehow superior - they have decided that they, and they alone, are the Good, and anyone who isn't them, is the heretic.

They wax lyrical about bigots whilst happily attaching negative value propositions to other people because of their skin or gender, etc. which is essentially the very epitomy of bigotry, and believe that their morality allows them to get away with it, throwing terms like White Supremacy or Nazi around, without really knowing what those terms mean or truly embody.

I believe that instances of bigotry are awful and abhorrent across the board, lots of progressives also think it's abhorrent, except when they do it, of course.

And I wouldn't really mind, if online social justice advocates were acting with the best intentions of social cohesion at heart, but when all is said and done, most of the time the highest zenith of social justice is 'raising awareness', not actual action, so they feel better about themselves, a smug self-aggrandising pretentiousness that bestows some form of moral prestige.

All I've seen over the past 7 years or so of social justice on online platforms, is the sowing of social division along the lines of genetics and lifestyle choices, viewpoints that do more to enhance the status, influence and power of the social justice advocates, than those they claim to represent, and even worse those less fortunate in society.

It's all rather sad really.

The fact is you will take the opinions of an individual and use that to smear the output of his company and a large number of individuals (that by proxy you are also smearing) just to feel good about yourself. Which is fine. I, on the other hand, am able to separate the personal opinions of an individual from the professional output that their company (and the many individuals in the company) creates.



And there was me saying that I try very hard to not get involved in the abject shitslinging ......
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blarty

2 months ago

@Zealuu2 I try very hard nowadays not to get involved in the abject shitslinging that is done in the name of progressivism, but seriously..... links to ResetEra? A place where reasoned, rational and open debate is almost always viewed with suspicion, and they'll jump at any comment in the most contrived, pathetic and twisted way possible, and then ban people for it?

ResetEra is like NeoGAF on steroids, a bunch of people so high off their own egregious self-centredness that they see everything in terms of how offended they are by it.
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Jelly Deals: Telltale Games' finest on offer at GOG this week

blarty

2 months ago

@Wayne Well the whole reliance on other people's IP didn't work out well as a long term strategy for Activision, as IP has to be licensed and so on.

I was just trying to work out whether Telltale are able to get a larger percentage of revenue from each sale, as if it was their own IP, they would be able to do so
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blarty

2 months ago

So how many of those games are an original IP of Telltale Games?
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Failbetter Games delays Sunless Skies following lay-offs, low sales

blarty

3 months ago

You can't gamble a release date, and wages on sales from early access, because not every gamble pays off.

The game should have been planned to be a viable product without early access and dated accordingly; stretch goals and extra content beyond that baseline should have been dependent upon the income derived from Early Access.
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Switch Bayonetta 2 is a turbo-charged Wii U port

blarty

3 months ago

It still looks very jaggy though, the lack of anti-aliasing is a definite fly in the ointment. Not sure if it justifies a 44.99 - 49.99 tag for the Switch, but then again YMMV
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Big layoffs at Capcom Vancouver, new Dead Rising reduced in scope

blarty

3 months ago

It appears between this, the Bioware reduction and Eidos Montreal layoffs a while back, Canada is really struggling to cement it's place in the AAA Game employment stakes.

Hope those affected find new opportunities soon
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds details long-awaited new anti-cheat measures

blarty

3 months ago

I presume that these rather egregious overtures about cheating in PUBG that seem to be happening on a regular basis are done simply to paste over the fact that the game is buggy as hell, and instead of closing exploits or fixing these bugs, "Hey let's ban these ones, we've got their money now!"

"Its final current step on the road to a cheat-free nirvana" - you cannot have that until you have a near bug-free foundation.

Also I imagine that now PUBG has come out of early access and their net code and server systems are actually release ready and not the pre-paid-for beta shite it was, that these early-access bans were rescinded.... wait I almost convinced myself there.... yeah....not a chance, it's still the pre-paid-for beta shite net code.
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PlayStation 4 passes 75m milestone

blarty

3 months ago

@Paul1979UK Although technically, you should also consider the PS3 launch and PS3 slim to be different consoles as the launch PS3 had built in backwards compatibility for the PS2 which the slim did not.
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blarty

3 months ago

@StarcasM
Shipped, not Sold. Sold is around 60 million.
Are you saying that there are around 15m PS4 consoles just 'hanging around' in retailers?

I very much doubt that.
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blarty

3 months ago

@Uncle_Fishboy
I have all three consoles and love my One X. The PS4 and Switch barely get a look in.
I tend to have phases, (I don't have a Switch I've still got reservations on the long term third party support for the Switch, having got burned by both the Wii and Wii U), where I go between PS4 Pro, Xbox One X and the PC, I'm currently just switching from an X1 phase back to a PS4/PSVR one.

They all have good games so everyone's a winner.
Absolutely agreed
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PUBG, Fortnite Battle Royale and the question of how new genres form

blarty

3 months ago

@Eaton_Corvinus Possibly but in an article about new genres, neither FFA nor LMS both of which are the mainstay of PUBG are in any way new or novel.
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blarty

3 months ago

@Eaton_Corvinus Not if it's Last Man Standing
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blarty

3 months ago

Free-for-all isn't a new genre.
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Xbox Game Pass revives Xbox One's digital vision - without the evil

blarty

3 months ago

@HNorbert Steam Family Sharing allows me to 'authorise' a PC and User to be able to use my games, as long as I'm not playing any games from my library. And once you're authorised I don't have to be logged into that PC every time.

The issue is that if we can get Family Sharing done a la Steam (so I authorise an Xbox, or have family members through Xbox Accounts) , but without the library play restriction then it'll work fine. But at the moment the whole Game Sharing process on XB1 is still a pain in the ass.
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blarty

3 months ago

@Dizzy 1) Without logging in it requires my home xbox to be mainly be used by the other person, while I log in to my main xbox (but not make it 'home')

2) In all other cases I would need to be signed in on their xbox console for them to use it.

So it's not really the same. It not as though I buy the game digitally, and it's then available to other people in my household automatically, like a physical disc is.
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blarty

3 months ago

@andrewrafter But only with a single console, I can't buy Forza 7 digitally for myself and let both my sons also play it on their consoles, you can do that with physical, as long a only one is playing at a time.

Essentially the digital roadmap for MS needs something similar to Steam's Family Sharing.
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blarty

3 months ago

@Fleisch Yeah, understand that, but when you have 4 people with 4 separate consoles, with physical disks it's easy, anyone can put the disc in and play, with digital, it's an 'at most 2' and the other person has to have your 'home' Xbox
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blarty

3 months ago

@bad09 True enough. The sales have been in a sorry state for at least a couple of years but that may be down to competition from the likes of GOG and Humble Bundle, and even Origin
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blarty

3 months ago

(Steam) has brought the cost of PC games software down considerably over the years
... during sales

Steam has consistently kept prices high and at RRP outside of sales - more than a year after Skyrim's original release in 2011, it was still selling on Steam for 39.99
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blarty

3 months ago

See the biggest problem with the original license-only 'Buy a EULA' viewpoint that MS had at with the Xbox One reveal was that at no point did they ever explain how and why this change might be beneficial to consumers.
Now with Cross-Buy for XB1 and PC, Game Pass and Backwards Compatibility allowing them to reach into a back catalog of games that consumers may have sold or traded in but might fancy playing again, it's starting to look like a reasonable sidekick to physical disks....

... Now if MS were to bring back the Gold family pack and allow you digitally to buy games that could then be played by other people in your household as well as yourself, then for myself it would look far more attractive than it currently does...

... Oh and stop with the digital RRP prices when practically no other 'traditional' seller does, especially months after release.

Do that and MS will be on to a cracker of an alternative.
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Nintendo Labo costs at least 60 in the UK

blarty

3 months ago

Rock Band gets beached on the rocks
Guitar Hero hits some bum notes
Disney Infinity, has a finite life span
Skylanders, ultimately fails to light up the sky
Lego Dimensions, ends up being a bit two dimensional
Nintendo Labo..... "I'm positively sure there's life left in this add on thing. Dave, put it out there for sixty quid... Easy Money!"
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blarty

3 months ago

@mega-gazz Indeed ... methinks the name might be changed soon rather than later....
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blarty

3 months ago

So has anyone worked out what the plural for more than one Labo will be yet?
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Nintendo Labo London hands-on event requires you bring a child

blarty

3 months ago

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CD Projekt Red shtum on rumour Cyberpunk 2077 will be at E3 this year

blarty

3 months ago

Shut up and take my covertly obtained Arasaka mainframe softwares, Meatbag
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Looks like Microsoft's pricey Xbox Elite controller is getting an upgrade

blarty

3 months ago

I have an official battery pack with mine, it's still got years left.... The only thing that bothered me was the fact that for the price it still came with batteries, however, if the battery pack is built in to the new one, I'm not sure it'll be a great upgrade 3 - 4 years down the line.

The Elite is a great controller, apart from when you put it down to rest on the arm of the sofa and the paddles start to register on screen, like when you're watching a Blu-ray
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Star Citizen, I am disappointed

blarty

3 months ago


Star Citizen player engagement meeting, yesterday
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' new replays reveal the hidden stories all around you

blarty

3 months ago

At least if it's a replay they've got a reason for that 24fps vibe.
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Star Citizen maker launches fiery legal defence against Crytek

blarty

4 months ago

To be fair, if part of CIGs defense and counter claim has a large focus on fabricating things which are simply not true, or saying things are there and they turn out not to be, or speculative truths etc. then I wouldn't bet against CIG - they know an awful lot, in fact, you might even be so bold as to say, they wrote the book, about how you handle speculative truths in the gaming industry.
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