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Bungie, Naughty Dog, Sony Santa Monica and Blizzard talk about crunch

grassyknoll

1 day ago

@mega-gazz What comes first marketing of a product or the project being managed and conceptualise?
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grassyknoll

1 day ago

@mega-gazz Sorry, but this comment is so daft. It's not impatience, it's cost. Longer development = more wages. The real problem is publishers and studio heads not to be realistic about how much games should cost to make and not pass that extra work onto their workers in unpaid overtime.
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grassyknoll

2 days ago

I despised the word "crunch", it's a stupid romantised term (see the idiotic comments saying it's necessary in creative industries) call it what it is: People doing unpaid overtime normally by massive multi million, if not billion pounds corporations. It just shouldn't exist.
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Days Gone's E3 demo shows scant signs of life

grassyknoll

4 days ago

@spearmp I think it's because it'll be at E3 twice before (& they played it twice on one of them from memory, which was weird). All the deep dives are basically 10 - 15 million+ sellers and this is definitely on a smaller scale.
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grassyknoll

4 days ago

@mostro I don't know why you feel sorry for them. The gameplay demos for this are having millions of views, outside of forums this game is going to be extremely popular with the mainstream demographic. I'm gonna be extremely bullish and think this will track on par with Resident Evil 7 in sales.
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grassyknoll

4 days ago

That was one negative preview. I'm personally kind looking forward to this (it's not my type of game on appearance), but a couple of other early looks seem to indicate it's far more like a survivor horror game with lots of tight interiors and resource management (with multiple over lapping systems: hordes, weather etc). I think it's impossible for Sony Bend to make a bad game (would love a new Syphon Filter though).
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Resident Evil 7 is coming to Nintendo Switch - via the cloud

grassyknoll

4 days ago

I hate the idea of games as cloud rentals personally, but being used like this can't really been seen as a negative to be honest: It's either this or not play the game at all on Switch. I love the form factor and concept of the Switch, but no one should expect the majority of PS4, X1 or PC games on the platform (& I feel most of us play it for Nintendo's own games or Indies anyway).
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You'll need to pay Nintendo Switch's online subscription to backup your saves

grassyknoll

2 weeks ago

@BadFlounder I know you dumb shit, the comparison is seeking solutions to problem they create, not uploading. Can't believe how stupid people are on this site.
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grassyknoll

2 weeks ago

@FASELI That's absolute rubbish. Save files can be encrypted (as mentioned) and if anything it's pushing the homebrew scene. I'll have no choice but to hack my Switch to back up saves, something I've never had to do to a console before.
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grassyknoll

2 weeks ago

@Tuur I don't want to pay Nintendo Ł20 a year to back up saves when they sell a device that has a micro SD slot. I'll just homebrew the Switch and have real virtual console and free access to my saves.
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grassyknoll

2 weeks ago

@Tuur Lack of removal storage, lack of removal batteries, glass casing that breaks easily with a premium price repair service, slowing down iPhone's to save battery life etc etc. Need anymore examples?
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grassyknoll

2 weeks ago

Nintendo's mobile games offer free cloud saves, while you're paying for a new console, premium game prices and expensive accessory prices. Actually blows my mind anyone can defend Nintendo on this.
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grassyknoll

2 weeks ago

@Tuur I used Apple as an example of egregious practices around creating problems and selling solutions, not in terms of backups. I think that's pretty clear.
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grassyknoll

2 weeks ago

@AtFruitBat I can tell you now it's Pokémon, they don't want to lose that Pokémon Bank money.
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grassyknoll

2 weeks ago

People on game sites actually defend fucking anything. Unsure if they're stupid or obsessed to the point of madness. It doesn't even benefit Nintendo, it's just going to speed up homebrew (and it's the first console I'm gonna hack because of this).
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grassyknoll

2 weeks ago

@Ivattthestanier i It works for all games. No need to have PSN Plus just for saves. You can store them on PC as well
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grassyknoll

2 weeks ago

@slk486 You can use USB flash storage on PS4. Nintendo know the Switch is far more likely to be damaged, lost or stolen, it's a way to hold people to ransom. There's no way to get your saves without paying Nintendo. It's fucking gross.
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grassyknoll

2 weeks ago

The inability to save games locally via microSD is absolutely disgusting. Nintendo are basically creating a problem to sell you a solution. This is Apple level bullshit.
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God of War sold 3.1m copies in three days

grassyknoll

3 weeks ago

@TheManMountain The game doesn't have a low attach rate, your expectation of what a good attach rate is, is wrong.
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grassyknoll

3 weeks ago

@TheManMountain Think of it this way, this is the fastest selling game Sony has ever produced and is tracking above anything they've ever released. There's no way they could have predicted sales to be as good as this.
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grassyknoll

3 weeks ago

@TheManMountain Why do you think games sell like this?
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grassyknoll

3 weeks ago

@_TheDarkSide_ It's gaming crack.
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grassyknoll

3 weeks ago

Given the small percentage drops at retail here, Spain and Japan week on week (~35%), if that's matched globally it'll be 5 / 6 million at this point in time easily. It deserves every one of those sales, an absolute modern classic.
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State of Decay 2 is looking a little too overfamiliar

grassyknoll

3 weeks ago

@_TheDarkSide_ Sumo Digital involvement wasn't announced until late 2015 and they're making the single player component.
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grassyknoll

3 weeks ago

@_TheDarkSide_ I don't think it's in development hell. I honestly think they didn't even make a single player campaign until they bought Sumo Digital in to make it. It would explain why it looks like shit.
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grassyknoll

3 weeks ago

@ziggy_played_guitar 59 monthly active users are not subscribers. Gears games are not new.
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grassyknoll

3 weeks ago

@Decaf You're missing the point (purposely). These games have to make money in some way, so you either have in game transactions, go cheap or lose money to reach a critical mass. All the games we know about on game pass are lacking content or cheap, janky online games. Not sure why you're pretending they're anything else. You may not buy using in game transactions, but MS are expecting people will (which is why they're there). I've made it perfectly clear exactly what I'm talking about, the viability of big budget games on a service like game pass.
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grassyknoll

3 weeks ago

@Decaf If Nintendo and Sony went down the same path my opinion would be the same. Game Pass means one of three scenarios.

A. You make cheap early access games or co-op titles full of in game transactions.
B. You make huge big budget games, but lose millions waiting the game pass to reach critical mass.
C. You make traditional games but dramatically reduce the scope and assets to be affordable.

Which one of those do you think Microsoft falls under with their releases so far? Because all I'm getting with Sea of Thieves, Crackdown and this is A (You know, the games we've actually seen). Do you think we would have got God of War, Mario Odyssey or Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Game Pass for PS4 or Switch? Premium single player games are basically incompatible with the subscription model unless you reach an extremely high level of subscribers
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grassyknoll

3 weeks ago

@pelican_ It's not a conversation point and I'm happy to be proven wrong. But currently the first 3 games on Game Pass are basically janky online games: Sea of Thieves is basically early access, this looks cheap as hell and Crackdown 3 could be a first gen 360 game. EA Access games are not new releases either.
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grassyknoll

3 weeks ago

Game pass basically means you're getting janky, cheap co-op / multiplayer games. No one is making multiple games for hundreds of millions of dollars for a Netflix style service aimed at just 30 million boxes. It's just not viable in any meaningful way.
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God of War sales flatten Nintendo Labo's debut

grassyknoll

3 weeks ago

@chucklepie I imagine people read more than one review or perhaps saw the 94% average on Metacritic
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grassyknoll

3 weeks ago

God of War only dropped 35% in sales compared to it's launch week. That's pretty incredible (big budget games normal drop 60 -80). I think 9 - 10 million units sold by the end of year isn't impossible considering how well it's done here, France and Spain.
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Nintendo sets E3 presentation date

grassyknoll

4 weeks ago

@pelican_ They could use the joycon pointers when docked and handheld mode when not.
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grassyknoll

4 weeks ago

I think as Nintendo is porting everything from the WiiU, I imagine we'll see an updated Mario Maker as a big Christmas game with Smash Bros.
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Nintendo's next smartphone game is a big surprise

grassyknoll

4 weeks ago

This will be 100% free to play as it's by Cygames.
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Dark Souls on Switch just got delayed

grassyknoll

1 month ago

@Kiliko Bar Bayonetta (which I love) the Switch's line up is complete empty for me personally as a former WiiU owner. Kind of wish I didn't buy it this early honestly (Nintendo just can't get games out in a timely fashion).
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God of War is another tech powerhouse for PS4

grassyknoll

1 month ago

There's an absolute ton of spoilers in this video.
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God of War review: astonishing technological craft in the service of simple pleasures

grassyknoll

1 month ago

Really confused by the "in your face multiplayer games" posts. Feels so 2011. There's an absolute shit ton of single player games outside the mega big budget space (more than ever). Anyway, I'll be buying this, character action genre is a favourite genre and it's great to see a Western studio's modern take in a Japanese dominated space.
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Grainger Games tells shops not to open, they are being closed

grassyknoll

2 months ago

@RidleyDeckard Did you use your credit card? You purchases are protected if it's over Ł100+
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Sea of Thieves lands UK chart number one

grassyknoll

2 months ago

The combined sales of all six releases last week combined were no where near the launch sales of Mass Effect Andromeda last year in the last period. Probably under 15000 units to be number 1 this week, really disappointing sales for everything.
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God of War has grown up, but Kratos is still reassuringly furious

grassyknoll

2 months ago

Don't really play these kind of big budget games (only played Chains of Olympus on PSP) but it's reminding me of a slower, more methodological God Hand with a focus on spacial awareness. If there's a decent offer on think I might try it as it looks incredibly fun.
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What should we expect from Dark Souls Remastered on Switch?

grassyknoll

2 months ago

@Bartus12 What on earth are you talking about? QLOC are fantastic at porting games. Bluepoint focus on remakes which are entirely different endeavors, not ports and remasters.
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PS4 zombies and motorbikes game Days Gone has been pushed to 2019

grassyknoll

3 months ago

@pelican_ Forum dwellers can talk about whatever they like or want, doesn't bother me as it's their opinion. I can disagree and make it disappear by the neg function if I please though, that's why it exists (not like anyone agreed with him / her anyway). I find PS4 / Xbox 2 etc talk dull and clutter.
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grassyknoll

3 months ago

@irrational-gaz I neg anything that mentions PS5 for 2019, PS4 is gonna be at peak this year for network and licensing. That isn't suddenly going to collapse, there is absolutely no need for a PS5 so early. No one but forum dwellers want one: 20 million+ people only got their PS4 this year, some developers haven't even released a new game yet (eg. Rockstar, team Itsuno etc) and publishers don't want to increase costs. We're talking the end of 2020 at the earliest.

(Nintendo's Switch has stopped the specs race to a degree as well anyway, so many studios are trying to be cross platform with that now)
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grassyknoll

3 months ago

@weegee71 Not gonna say anything to the "vaporwear" or "development hell" people? On PlayStation Access they actually talked about being ahead on milestones as of PSX 2017. You wouldn't have a 2018 release date if it was a mess.
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grassyknoll

3 months ago

Eurogamer comments are really the lowest of the low sometimes. Seems pretty obvious this has been moved for business reasons (not to clash with Red Dead Redemption 2 & Spiderman) than anything to do with the actual game.
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Okami HD is coming to Switch this summer

grassyknoll

3 months ago

@kosmic2561 It's a Eshop only release for Europe & the US.
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Oculus Rift headsets have reportedly stopped working across the globe

grassyknoll

3 months ago

Welcome to the always online future.
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Nintendo Direct scheduled for tomorrow

grassyknoll

3 months ago

60 odd comments and not one of them mentioning Octopath Traveller or Fire Emblem...Hopefully see those and the new Pikmin Nintendo has been working on for ages.
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In Nintendo, Bayonetta has found the most unlikely saviour

grassyknoll

3 months ago

@Chromanin I don't feel Bayonetta isn't sexist at all, it's highly satirical and mocks Otaku sexualization of these types of characters.
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