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Hellblade wins big at the Baftas

goldbug

1 week ago

@Killerbee It's a great game and more than a walking simulator - it's more like a series of (simple) minigames. But the way the gameplay ties into the stories is ingenious. And devastating.
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Planet Coaster fan creates absurdly detailed 15-minute-long thrill ride inspired by Aliens

goldbug

3 months ago

Okay, someone needs to spend the hundreds of millions of pounds necessary to make this a reality.
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The Witcher 3 Xbox One X patch released, has two graphics modes

goldbug

4 months ago

@Wayne Ah, so *you're* the one!
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Eurogamer readers' top 50 games of 2017 voting

goldbug

5 months ago

Where's Doki-Doki Literature Club? That game gave me the creeps in all the right ways.
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Detroit: Become Human under fire for controversial domestic abuse scene

goldbug

5 months ago

Maybe to bring it into line with the non-normalising, non-trivialisation of domestic violence seen in cinemas, Cage needs to have Kara's owner announce:

"I did not hit her, it's not true! It's bullshit! I did not hit her! I did not! Oh, hi Mark."
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Here's a brand new legendary Hearthstone card

goldbug

5 months ago

Henceforth to be known as the X-COM Card.
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Gran Turismo Sport's first big update introduces a more traditional single player campaign

goldbug

5 months ago

Nice! I really, really missed the cup challenges. Now I can get stuck in properly.
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Night and the City

goldbug

5 months ago

I have nothing to add to this article other than to say that it remains my favourite thing ever published by Eurogamer.
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The Bungie interview: how Destiny 2 on PC is more than just a port

goldbug

6 months ago

I'd be keen to see a comparison between PC and PS4 Pro. To my eye, at least, it looks a lot better on Pro than it does in the comparison screenshots here.

EDIT: Downvoted. Damn. There I go again with my big mouth and my reasonable assertions that PS4 Pro looks better than PS4.

EDIT EDIT: Argh, seriously though. Who is downvoting this and why? Am I really the only person who is curious to see a PC vs PS4 Pro vs PS4 comparison?
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The Invisible Hours review

goldbug

6 months ago

@el_pollo_diablo It does indeed. Here's a piece I wrote about Punchdrunk and video game design a few years ago: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-04-30-how-punchdrunk-created-a-virtual-world-in-the-heart-of-central-london
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Looks like Valve was working on a four-player fantasy adventure game

goldbug

7 months ago

@Georgetm100 Because I don't actually feel it's my human right to have Valve release a game on my timeframe? I find the entitlement and lack of perspective here pretty impressive.
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goldbug

7 months ago

@mr_pink Cosmetic items, hardware experiments and updates to existing titles (and VR minigames, let's not forget) can be developed much more quickly. The highly anticipated sequel to the most influential game of all time? That's a much bigger ask, and Valve are clearly keeping all their work under wraps until they're satisfied with it. Most games companies release previews long before a game is ready, and we've seen from the likes of No Man's Sky how that can backfire catastrophically.

My personal theory? One day, Valve will just drop HL3 on Steam, without warning, Beyoncé-style. Becky with the good headcrab, etc.
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goldbug

7 months ago

All you cynics who think Valve is just sitting with their feet up just watching the hat money roll in aren't really taking into account how Valve is structured. People there work on what they want. The people they have hired are some of the world's best game developers. Those people, I can assure you, aren't dreaming of hat sales when they get up in the morning. That stuff is just there to facilitate the work they *are* interested in.

I do think the steady income stream from Steam probably instils a lack of urgency, which explains why we haven't seen any games for a while. It really focuses the mind when your options are to publish a game or lose your jobs. But I suspect the real difficulty for Valve is their reputation. These are the guys who brought us Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Half-Life Episodes 1 & 2, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal, Portal 2, Team Fortress 2, Dota 2, Counter-Strike. All of these are amongst the greatest games ever made, and all of them enormously influential.

Half-Life 3 has been talked about for so long now that to make something that even came close to matching people's expectations for it - especially when so many other developers are making terrific, innovative shooters - must be exceptionally difficult. I imagine they have started and scrapped the game multiple times already. Perhaps they're now just waiting until people forget about it entirely, and then they'll sneak it out.

For what it's worth, I can't wait to see what they do next, but I'm willing to let them take their time and make sure it's something that will, once again, move the goalposts for everyone else.
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Firewatch review-bombed following PewDiePie racism incident

goldbug

7 months ago

Oh no, did someone upset the racist manbabies? :(
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Frictional's excellent sci-fi horror game Soma is coming to Xbox One

goldbug

7 months ago

My 2015 game of the year, this. Really one of the best, most thought-provoking sci-fi tales I've come across, in any medium.
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What Destiny 2's post-credits teaser means for the series' future

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7 months ago

@Kremlik Wait, you care? The story of Destiny is more-or-less: shoot some things, level up. It's not exactly The Sixth Sense.
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Star Wars Battlefront 2's space battles could do with a little George Lucas

goldbug

8 months ago

@blarty I prefer "no I didened".
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Ex-Valve writer reveals what might have been Half-Life 2: Episode 3's story

goldbug

8 months ago

One day I just know Valve is going to pull a Beyoncé and drop the complete HL3 onto Steam without warning. No previews. No E3 reveals. Minimal advertising. Because even without all those things, it will probably be the single best-selling PC game in history.

And that, I suspect, is why they are taking so long. When you're developing what you know will be the best-selling PC game in history, you want to get it right.
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Nidhogg 2 review

goldbug

8 months ago

I'm keen to give this a try. Any thoughts as to whether it's better suited to PC or PS4?
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Tacoma review

goldbug

9 months ago

@BabyBabyBabyOh Well, look, you're perfectly entitled to your wrong opinion. . . but for the record, The Beginner's Guide was objectively brilliant, so there. ;)
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goldbug

9 months ago

@BabyBabyBabyOh What are you talking about! The Beginner's Guide was one of the best games I've ever played. It's perhaps the first game that I've ever seen where you feel a genuine sense of personal expression on behalf of the designer - an authorial presence. Who cares that there weren't any shoot-shoot-jump-jump mechanics? It was a work of art.

(I should also point out, it is the only game my girlfriend has ever played through entirely by herself. She did it in one sitting, too.)
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PlayStation Plus price hike announced for Europe

goldbug

9 months ago

@FrostedSloth Good choice. No way are they getting another 83p a month from me! It's extortion I tell you, extortion.
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goldbug

9 months ago

£4.16 a month?! And you only get three or four free games every month?! Insanity!
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How gaming helped me get ripped

goldbug

10 months ago

@marmaduke Congrats on your grade 8! When I was last doing grades for piano I was playing Bloodborne, and I wrote this on Facebook at the time:

"Learning piano music and playing video games are not such different activities, you know. This morning I spent a bit of time playing tough-as-nails PS4 action RPG Bloodborne, and I spent a bit of time learning Berg's tough-as-nails Piano Sonata Op. 1. In the former, I spent a lot of time pressing the wrong buttons, dying, and going over the same ground again armed with a better understanding of what to do. With the Berg, I spent a lot of time pressing the wrong keys, swearing, and going over the same passage again armed with a better understanding of what to do.

"Basically, both activities require masochism and an obsessive-compulsive streak. But the results, gradual though they may be, are all the more satisfying for the amount of work required to achieve them."

Sadly I never got further than the second boss in either.
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Zelda: Breath of the Wild blog reveals new details on Twilight Princess' Midna

goldbug

10 months ago

@tomphillipsEG It's not really a question of style. . . it's just wrong!
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goldbug

10 months ago

I hate to be that guy (no I don't) but you're missing an 's' in your headline. It should be Twilight Princess's Midna. You'd only skip the 's' if it was a plural possessive. (Twilight Princesses' Midna, for instance.)
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Friday the 13th review

goldbug

11 months ago

That subhead is pure class.
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Persona 5's translation is a black mark on a brilliant game

goldbug

11 months ago

@ClaimBonership Aww man, you effin' beat me to it!
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The Occupation and the perils of politics in games

goldbug

12 months ago

@ExtremeMetal Umm. Fourteen people died in that explosion and many more were injured, some seriously.

How about parking your paranoid fantasies and showing a little respect?
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What Remains of Edith Finch is great on PC, needs work on PS4

goldbug

12 months ago

It's a wonderful game. It's all about the storytelling, which isn't in the least bit affected by these performance issues. I've sort of vaguely noticed them, but they're really nothing to worry about. (The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, which this game is strongly reminiscent of, was the same.)
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Alien: Isolation 2 rumour isn't true

goldbug

1 year ago

@jetfire10 "This sucks balls. Alien isolation was easily one of the best alien games"

Damning it with faint praise!
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This Portal-themed HoloLens mod is a triumph

goldbug

1 year ago

Woah.

This is the most exciting thing since SPAAAAAAAAACE.
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Failbetter's Sunless Skies Kickstarter takes flight

goldbug

1 year ago

I wish these guys well - I loved Sunless Sea, and sunk many hours into it without really getting any better at it. But two things worry me a little. Firstly, the main thing that drew me back and back to SS was Alexis Kennedy's writing. Will the studio be able to successfully sustain his singular surrealist style now that he's left? Secondly, I am increasingly wary of Kickstarter sequels to Kickstarted games or products. Kickstarter is meant as a form of seed funding, not an ongoing source of working capital. It speaks to risks to the sustainability of the Kickstartee's business model. See: Pebble 2.

This is why I won't be backing this, despite my hopes for its success. But I genuinely hope my concerns are unfounded and wish the team all the best.
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Denied: Valve didn't go for that Half-Life 3 plea with its own Steam Awards

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1 year ago

I predict Half-Life 3 will be released on Steam one day with no announcement at all. No previews. No leaked screenshots. Just the finished game, boom. Like Beyoncé's Lemonade, only it'll be about Becky with the good headcrab this time.
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Space Hulk: Deathwing review

goldbug

1 year ago

@Sagara_Sousuke_x Can we have Trump "jokes" without the humourless sulking, please?
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Death Stranding's second trailer is even stranger than its first

goldbug

1 year ago

@kafiota Frankly I don't care. I would happily just sit and watch something that was this. . . Kojima-esque.
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Owlboy review

goldbug

1 year ago

Owl your base are belong to us?
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Sony announces PlayStation 4 Pro for November 2016, priced £349

goldbug

2 years ago

Seems quite expensive to achieve the effect I already get by sitting further away from the TV.
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Battlefield 1 open beta off to shaky start as EA servers suffer outage

goldbug

2 years ago

I played a couple of rounds this morning and liked it a lot. It's a big old-school Battlefield map - wide open spaces requiring vehicles (or horses) to traverse, or a loooot of running. It was like Heavy Metal all over again.

Some irritations though: with six(?) capture points there are a lot of markers floating around in my view. Also, it would be awesome if they could fix the bug where you hit the fire button repeatedly but your soldier just stands there waiting to get killed.
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This War of Mine dev unveils "deeply serious" new game Frostpunk

goldbug

2 years ago

Glad to see them turning their efforts to something serious, after the light-hearted frivolity of This War of Mine.
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Battlefield 4 just got a huge makeover on console

goldbug

2 years ago

I downloaded it again, and find myself roughly a hundred levels behind all the other players. No exaggeration. Ouch.
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Faulty Overwatch console aim-assist will be fixed, says Blizzard

goldbug

2 years ago

@bobfish09 I used to be an adventurer like you, but then I took an arrow to the foot.
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HTC Vive price hike for UK - blame Brexit

goldbug

2 years ago

@IronSoldier That's because existing products are already in UK inventory, so we will see a temporary detocking effect before price hikes hit.
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goldbug

2 years ago

@Rivuzu "Pre-brexit, EUR > GBP was at on average 1.27:1. Now it's on average 1.20:1. ... Hike is higher than the currency fluctuation by about 41.5%. Would love to see their bloody reasoning for that one."

The bloody reasoning on that one is that that the EUR > GBP exchange rate is of no relevance whatsoever to a USA-based company. Valve's income is denominated in dollars, which means they only care what a sale is worth when converted back to USD. The USD exchange rate has gone from 1.49 pre-Brexit to 1.32 post. That's just over a 12% drop in value, of which Valve have kindly offered to absorb 2%. The rest is passed onto the consumer.

The relevant figures you need are these:

£689 - 20% VAT = £551 @ 1.49 = $821
£759 - 20% VAT = £607 @ 1.32 = $801

Get used to this. When your currency tanks, your imports get more expensive. This was not unexpected!
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Splatoon bows out in style with its last ever Splatfest

goldbug

2 years ago

@GundamJehutyKai Oh yeah? Well I say pizza WITHOUT pineapple is an abomination.

ROUND 1. . . FIGHT!!
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Dark Souls 3 mod replaces every texture with crab

goldbug

2 years ago

I give it 24 hours before someone posts a video of themselves completing the game like this.
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Watch: 11 minutes of Cuphead demo gameplay

goldbug

2 years ago

The *look* of this game is just amazing. Beautiful work. One of the best looking games I've ever seen, I reckon.

The gameplay looks a bit generic, though, and the repeated 'firing' sound effects began to grate pretty quickly. They could probably do with being eliminated altogether, or at least pushed a bit further down in the mix.
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Sounds like Team Bondi's Whore of the Orient is long dead

goldbug

2 years ago

I think the more acceptable phrase these days is The Sex Worker of East Asia.

A shame about this, anyway. Sounds like a fascinating time and place to explore. I just read the Wikipedia entry on Big-Eared Du and now my interest is even more piqued.
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The Last Guardian re-emerges, on track for 2016 release

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2 years ago

The art and animation in this are beautiful, really. But - and I know this will get me a few downvotes - to me? Graphically? It's now starting to look a bit dated. The textures lack crispness, there doesn't seem to be much antialiasing at work, lots of flickering on Trico's feathers, etc. That's a shame because when it was unveiled in 2009, I was so impressed I went out and bought a PS3 in anticipation! Now that it's been moved over to PS4, it's looking a bit behind the curve, technically. To me.

Thank goodness, then, that there's more to games than graphics technology. Ico and Shadow of the Colossus stand tall today - despite looking and feeling a bit dated - because they are the product of great artistry, a fine imagination, and a degree of humanity that transcends their technical limitations. That's why Ueda's games have a far longer shelf-life than average.
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Make sure to download Uncharted 4's 5GB patch

goldbug

2 years ago

1.01? Pfft. I'm already up to 1.02!
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