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Obduction, the spiritual successor to Myst, out in June

evaluna

2 years ago

@daniel1234 Vapor - Ambo
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Apple iPhone 6S review

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2 years ago

@RodHull "The portable hotspot has never worked properly, speaking from experience with a 3GS, 4S, 5S and now 6S that my work insist on giving me."
That's odd - maybe its a problem with the "S" models, as I've only ever had a 4 and a 5 (non-S) and the hotspot function never gave me any grief, and I use it all the time.
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Why I play video games

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2 years ago

@Fragtaster
" I personally don't see hidden meanings or magic life affirming moments in videogames - never have. For me, videogames are simple fun, a release, alternate worlds to explore, even a way to act out some fantasties or my pentup aggressions. But I don't look to deeply into videogames, as I only see a game designed to entertain and challenge me - not metaphysical meanings, deep sociological and societal commentary, or some great imsperational artistic insight encapsuled in a game about a plumber eating muchrooms and chasing turtles (or whatever else). As far as I'm concerned, videogames are for 'playing' - not some great theology to spend years mulling over and thinking about how they have helped define the direction of your existence. :p"


Hi Fragtaster, nothing wrong with being entertained & challenged by games - that's part of what they are designed to do after all, but the fact that they do that so well does invite further discussion, which inevitably leads to the types of topics you mention - "metaphysical meanings, ... sociological commentary" etc. That is part of what makes gaming one of the most interesting forms of media or entertainment around at the moment (for me at least). The different pleasures that people experience playing the very same game suggests a multi-layered form of communication that is pretty unique. Heavily influenced by film, literature and loads of other forms, but not really that similar to any of them, games more than anything else I can think of offer experiences that vary from just being entertained, to being transported to another world, to being intellectually challenged, among many others, probably many more than I am aware of, all while involving the player as agent, or protagonist if you prefer. I'm not sure there are words to describe what I felt when I played through Journey, for example - the experience wasn't necessarily better than a good book or film, but it definitely was different, and amazing! I realise that I have now pretty much written a blog post, so apologies for that, I blame the author of the article for launching my disjointed ramble! Good beard though!
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15 games later, Rovio announces Angry Birds 2

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3 years ago

@RaptorKraine
Feather there was a more milked franchise, I've not seen it. My mom likes the game, and as far as I'm concerned chicken keep it. The future for these games looks beak.
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Jon Blyth on: The National Videogame Arcade

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3 years ago

Judging by the header pic, this article was actually written by Dr Krieger from Archer.
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Everything not saved will be lost

evaluna

3 years ago

Ignore the hate, great article Nathan.
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Digital Foundry: Hands on with the Destiny PS4 beta

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4 years ago

@megadriveguy The PS3 version actually holds up really well against the PS4 in that comparison - very impressive. Maybe well enough to convince me to hold off replacing my aging PS3 for a while.
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Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker retrospective

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5 years ago

@toy_brain Having never owned a PSP, this retrospective might just be enough to push me over the edge to buy a Vita! Is the game really as awesome as this article makes it sound?
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Infinity Blade is free for a week

evaluna

5 years ago

@kangarootoo Or to queue up a purchase to download when you are back on wifi.
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What's inside the Piston Steam Box prototype?

evaluna

5 years ago

@jamieleng Sold! Name your price :)
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Gabe Newell lays out Valve's Steam Box plans

evaluna

5 years ago

For what it's worth, I overcame my initial dread & upgraded to Windows 8, and it's actually a bit faster than Win 7 on the same hardware on most things, and the UI isn't really an issue - if you want to pretend that Metro doesn't exist, you can, or you can treat it as a full screen start menu, which is really what it is. I wonder how many of the critics have actually given it a fair chance?
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UK tabloids single out Call of Duty, Dynasty Warriors in coverage of Sandy Hook school massacre

evaluna

5 years ago

If Pac-Man had affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in dark rooms, munching pills and listening to repetitive electronic music.
- Marcus Brigstocke
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Saturday Soapbox: The story of the microtransaction

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5 years ago

@melnificent "games have started to appear on Xbox live that are basically pay for gamerscore."
Can you give us some examples?
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Disney's Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two review

evaluna

5 years ago

The new caption system that blocks out a large portion of each screenshot is much worse than the old way of doing it imo. Please put them back under the screenshots where they belong.
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This week on Outside Xbox

evaluna

6 years ago

I for one would love to see that Left 4 Dead/Cabin in the Woods thing happen.
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Kinect has a permanent price drop in the US

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6 years ago

@Yorkiebar2012 - Does Child of Eden count?
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Game of the Week: Journey

evaluna

6 years ago

This game is amazing - easily worth double the price imo. It's hard to appreciate that until you actually play it, I suppose.
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FIFA Street 49.99 on EU PlayStation Store

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6 years ago

@captain_Carl
Thanks mate - they will be bought tonight, along with Journey!
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evaluna

6 years ago

Does anyone know if the ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Classics are the recently remastered versions? Disk copies are still selling for the equivalent of 25 pounds around here.
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Xbox Live Arcade games Achievement limit to double

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6 years ago

@kinky_mong
Ew.

;)
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Strange Tales From The Studio

evaluna

6 years ago

Great article!
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Double Fine: "Tim and Markus are talking" about Psychonauts 2

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6 years ago

@32768Colours
It's not wishful thinking - it's still listed:
http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-GB/Product/Full-Game-Psychonauts/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d8024d4a07d2?cid=search
Can't seem to find the link to buy it, though.
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Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon heads to PC

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7 years ago

@Gecks
It may not be quite as insane as EDF 2017, but I've had fun with it so far. YMMV I suppose.
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Rockstar announces Grand Theft Auto 5

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7 years ago

@Daeltaja
I also see no comments if browsing with IE9. Access the site through Firefox & the comments are there. Some kind of bug, I expect.
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Burnout Crash! coming to iPhone, iPad

evaluna

7 years ago

@EddieMink
I'm pretty sure hippos are vegetarians ;)


/pedant
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EU PlayStation Store update 8th June

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7 years ago

I was dead keen on BG&E, so I bought it thinking I could live with the weird invert options - I couldn't, so it lies on my HDD barely played. I'd recommend anyone who usually inverts the Y-axis in games to try this game out first before dropping the cash on it, because inverting the X-axis at the same time makes the damn thing pretty much unplayable. Who ever thought that would be a good idea?
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Mobile Games Roundup

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7 years ago

@Lunastra78
I also searched for it after the review & couldn't find it :/
Maybe it was removed for some reason.
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The top 4 fastest-selling devices ever

evaluna

7 years ago

@Widge
With you on Ableton Live for iPad. Have you seen the iElectribe? That looks pretty tasty as well.
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How many copies did Rock Band 3 sell?

evaluna

8 years ago

One more waiting for the Fender Pro Guitar before buying - hope it doesn't get cancelled!
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Activision reveals X-Men: Destiny

evaluna

8 years ago

I haven't read Mike Carey's take on X Men, but Lucifer was really great, so this is promising.
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THQ making new kind of WWE game

evaluna

8 years ago

@Bertie "I'd love an outrageously stylised zero-to-hero RPG wrestling game. Always been a bit bemused at the simulation approach."

Want! I was thinking about this the other day, loads of bizarre encounters and ridiculous quests feeding into an RPG type levelling game, with OTT wrestling matches inbetween. Would be awesome.
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First Gears of War 3 details emerge?

evaluna

8 years ago

Have to agree with those that love the Gears games - some of the best gaming fun I've ever had.
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Doom II is still heading to XBLA

evaluna

8 years ago

I've been trying to figure out a way to download Doom since I got my 360 years ago - still unable to do it (not available in your location it says, even if I create a US or other country account, must be checking IPs or something). I suppose it will be the same for Doom 2 as well. Goddammit.
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New CryEngine vid shows next-gen vision

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9 years ago

What's with all the UE3 hate? As Cianchristopher mentioned, some of the best (and best looking) games of recent years use it.
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Road Rash, Flash video footage appears

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9 years ago

I'd buy that Road Rash in a heartbeat.
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Microsoft E3 Conference

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9 years ago

"Sam is strangling a chap in a men's urinal.

Is that a euphemism?"

Post of the thread.
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Wii Sports sells 45 million copies

evaluna

9 years ago

Woodnotes: Exactly what I was thinking, which would surely make Hexic at the very least number 10 on the list?
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Burn Zombie Burn launches on PSN

evaluna

9 years ago

I loved Magic Carpet on PC. Anyone know if the PS1 version was as good?
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Grand Theft Auto IV

evaluna

10 years ago

@Shabtai:
"It makes you loke as a joke"

That comment lokes as a bit of a joke.
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Resistance 2

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10 years ago

@DanWhitehead:
"From the number of tantrums that flare up after a review is posted, you'd think the writers had personally broken into some readers' homes and taken a dump on their joypads. "

To be fair, I really should stop doing that. Terrible habit.

Winner of the thread.
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Nintendo formats boss US sales

evaluna

10 years ago

Surely we want all the consoles to do well? The more competition there is between them, the more likely each manufacturer is to drop prices, spend money on decent releases etc. 1 console world = bad, 3 console world = good.
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LittleBigPlanet

evaluna

10 years ago

@NickJC1:
I was in the store the other day & I saw they had named a bread after you. Then I looked again and realised it actually said "Thick Cut".
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Xbox 360 trumps PS3 in Japan again

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10 years ago

@davisorle
"I lvoe the fact there is still bitches around. All of a sudden they didnt care about BC with their PSs :)
They didn't care for the upscaling failure :)
They didnt care for the worse performance in multiplatform games :)
They didnt mind installing games + bricking consoles :)
Neither they mind now all of a sudden Japan as a marketing place for consoles. Specially when it was the best bet for Sony against MS.

But yeah that dude is right. If a new console comes out best than 360 and PS3 ( next xbox or not ) id count on the PS3 making games for a fucking decade or not? Or you tell me ur interested any of u with a ps3 what games they release for PS2 as much as for the PS3? Stick with it then and if osmething comes along for once more. bend the fuck over for Sony while the rest enjoy gaming without depending on if it's Sony or not."

What does this mean?
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Platform holders respond to NPD figures

evaluna

10 years ago

Surely attach rate is just an average? Take all the games sold for a particular console & divide by the number of consoles sold = attach rate. That's how I would do it anyway.
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