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Video games: officially better than films

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20 hours ago

I'm tired of watching movies that feel like they've had extra violence and swears chucked in just so they appeal to an older market, when they would have made perfectly good family films
This is painfully true. And also, at the risk of sounding like I'm about 97... are film ratings in the PG to 12 range getting harsher than they used to be? I was surprised to realise the last entries in the Harry Potter films were 12A when the books had been fine for my 8-10 year olds. Then when we finally got around to watching them there was nothing close to the kind of nightmare-inducing peril in either Labyrinth (hello Trapped In A Tunnel With Rotating Knives Headed Your Way), or *that* scene from Neverending Story. A couple of swears or "mild sex references" or whatever are nothing compared to that.
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In praise of cel-shading

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2 months ago

My very first thought was Borderlands so I'm surprised to see it doesn't even get a mention. Handsome Jack from Borderlands 2 wouldn't have been the same kind of villain in pseudo-realistic graphics- in fact the original E3 2009 reveal trailer wasn't cel-shaded and makes it look like a generic space-shooter in hindsight
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Eurogamer Q&A: Forgotten gems

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7 months ago

My avatar is forcing me to add Hired Guns for Amiga 1200 to the list. Grid based first person rpg, played it for hours in the 90s

Also, Carrier Command
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On mouse clicks and paperclips: the dark, frustrating pleasures of tedium games

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10 months ago

It blows my mind that such a simple mechanic of click-and-the-numbers-go-up can produce such a wide variety of gaming experiences. I cut my teeth on Cookie Clicker ages ago, and then dismissed it as a genre, thinking once I'd seen the "best one" there was no need to play any others. But games like Universal Paperclips and Spaceplan (which is also excellent) showed that you can add an amazing narrative to such a simple mechanic and make something much better than a "frivolous time-sink" (which frankly could be a criticism of any game)
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Brilliant XBLIG stickman brawler One Finger Death Punch getting a sequel

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11 months ago

Yes! Best game on XBLIG by miles, and well deserving of a sequel.

(Skip the dodgy mobile port though)
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Red Faction: Guerrilla was an open-world game with purpose

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11 months ago

Seems like a game with Red Faction style destruction plus sold climbing mechanics could be great, and I'm not sure that's been tried yet. Doesn't need to be Assassin's Creed style climbing, which would probably be tricky on dismantled structures... more like Grow Home with bombs?

C'mon Ubisoft, it's got to be worth a try...
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Full Metal Furies review

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12 months ago

...playing this way produces the same feeling that, say, playing Borderlands alone gives you: that you're missing the point
I played through both Borderlands games solo and barely registered they were co-op focussed so... I guess I'll give this a try?
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Growing up with and growing out of The Sims

hedben2013

1 year ago

Fantastic, personal and yet relatable story. Pieces like this are why I keep coming here. Great stuff.
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How video game difficulty became a cultural battleground

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1 year ago

@Rogueywon Totally agree. The other thing Forza does right is the optional racing line, which can be enabled either for the whole track or just the corners. It's invaluable to me because, while I still love racing games as much as I ever did, I don't have time to *learn the tracks* like I used to. The racing line removes this specific requirement while still allowing a bit of challenge with the other assists switched off. I'd like to see the same variety of assists in other genres
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Where do monsters come from?

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1 year ago

If we're talking tentacled monsters from videogames, don't forget Malboro from the Final Fantasy series.

The inspiration for the name doesn't quite go back to biblical times though... spewing clouds of toxic gas that caused a bunch of different negative status effects, wonder where the name Malboro came from 😉

EDIT: After some very quick research, it looks like the Malboro/cigarette/bad breath joke was probably done by the folks who Westernised and translated Final Fantasy, after the Japanese version contained a monster that would have literally translated as Morbul or "Moruboru". The more you know!
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Splatoon 2's next Splatfest is detailed, and there's not even a contest between the two sides

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1 year ago

Hmm... what are the chances that they actually provide you with an ability based on your choice? Invisibility and flight both seem like they'd be possible to apply to your character as buffs during a match, like how ketchup got red ink and mayo got white in the last splatfest.

(I have no idea if this would actually work in practice, don't even own a Switch unfortunately)
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Let kids play video games to "save the country", UK spy chief says

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1 year ago

My 6 year old son casually mentioned the warping of spacetime that happens at the edge of a black hole the other day. He learned this from a kids science channel on YouTube... which he discovered all by himself, in between bouts of EthanGamer and StampyCat.

One of the best things about the online universe is the ease of finding a topic you're interested in and then exploring that topic. Arbitrary limits on screentime are a very poor substitute for actually getting involved in your kid's online time and encouraging them to discover stuff that might lead to a lifelong passion.

As others have said, the emphasis for parents should be on curation and monitoring rather than blocking online time alltogether
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On games as philosophy experiments, from Fallout to Soma

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1 year ago

Also, sacrificing a few lives to save many more (per Mass Effect) isn't a modern gaming thing... just ask any bomber from Lemmings (1991)!

Oh wait, we can't... :)
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1 year ago

Major spoiler for Spec Ops: The Line:

The Bioshock example in the article is an example of the "unreliable narrator", a philosophical trope which is particularly suited to gaming because the player can be given an illusion of choice or control while at the same time being forced down whatever narrative path the developer wants to set

Edit- oops, I was thinking of the FIRST Bioshock, haven't actually played Infinite! Anyway...

Spec Ops: The Line is an absolute masterclass in use of unreliable narration to twist a story, and it covers ethical dilemmas like the risks and consequences of civilian deaths in war, both practical (the squad are hunted by civilians in the besieged city) and psychological (the player character's mental deterioration after the midgame "collateral damage" from use of white phosphorous).

In my opinion it's a superb work, and deserves a mention in any discussion of philosophy in gaming.
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Crash Bandcoot N.Sane Trilogy did the business for Activision - and now everyone wants a Spyro remaster next

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1 year ago

I hate to be that guy but... Bandcoot? I know there's no I in team but I think there should be one in Bandicoot
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The Sims 4 is coming to Xbox One in November

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2 years ago

Just let me build a passable replica of my house and populate it with passable replicas of my family like I have in every Sims game, and I'll be happy
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20 years on, Bushido Blade remains a fighting game masterpiece

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2 years ago

No mention of Slash Mode, where you had to defeat 100 ninja consecutively without dying. I never managed it... great game
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The art and joy of video game photography

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2 years ago

Shout out to Sealife Safari, one of the first games I played with the kids. It also rewarded points for good framing and action shots - but we had the most fun bouncing lures off angry lobsters like it was a very tame FPS.
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I hate freedom

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2 years ago

This was a good read. I didn't discover PaRappa the Rapper at the time, but my version of chasing that zen-like state of perfectly timed buttom prompts was learning 10-hit combos in the training mode of Tekken 2. It played a tone on each press, that was different for each punch- or kick- type. To this day I can still "hear" and remember Michelle's 10- hit combos.

Still get my arse handed to me playing online fighters these days though...
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New Square Enix role-playing IP Project Prelude Rune announced

hedben2013

2 years ago

All we hear is Hideo Baba.
*rapturous applause*
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Dead Space is the sequel Resident Evil 4 deserved

hedben2013

2 years ago

Point of order: The terrible dialogue in Resi 4, and in all Resi games, is part of the appeal- it would be diminished without it, it's certainly not something that Dead Space "fixed"

Now excuse me, I'm off for a Jill sandwich.
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Should games and politics ever mix?

hedben2013

2 years ago

I swear, it's like some people have never heard of an "opinion piece"

I enjoyed the article. Maybe I need to get my 6 year old away from Minecraft and more into mobile puzzlers, I spent hours last night trying to figure out TNT cannons for him...
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Video games remade in cardboard

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2 years ago

@Creamysmooth Another one that's perfectly fine solo: Dungeonquest
Fighting Fantasy books were great too, although I rarely bothered with the dice and stat tracking (cheat mode, if you will)
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2 years ago

Nothing wrong with solo board gaming. I haven't touched a "grown up" board game since my teens, but I had quite a few happy hours playing the excellent Judge Dredd game while babysitting.
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Shadow Warrior 2 review

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2 years ago

Sorry, I only have room in my life for one game with Shadow in the title, a skull gun, and frequent phallus jokes.

Shadows Of The Damned FTW
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Watch: 7 games we'd love to play in virtual reality

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2 years ago

Populous please. Or any God game really.
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Deathspank, Bejeweled 3 now Xbox One backwards compatible

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2 years ago

I liked Deathspank. It was like Diablo meets Borderlands lite- not sure I'd manage another full playthrough, but it's worth a second look
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It looks like Assassin's Creed 2, Brotherhood, Revelations are headed to PS4, Xbox One

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2 years ago

Now I'm wondering why Ubisoft greenlit Assassin's Creed 2 for backwards/forwards compatibility- maybe this collection wasn't planned at the time. Guess this means Brotherhood and Revelations won't be making the backwards compatibility list anytime soon though...
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Dear Donald: How video games could help you trump Hillary

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3 years ago

@John_Dee using gaming as an escape from the "real" world is fine, and most games will let you do just that.

Expecting a site like Eurogamer not to reflect the real world though, or to sanitise content so it can't reflect the writer's opinions or political stance... why would you want that? Some of the best articles published here are the ones with a real world twist (remember the one on real gun licensing in COD?), and are why I keep coming back.

Sure, this one was lighthearted and silly, and Trump is an easy target, but I liked it.
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What would you uninvent about modern games?

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3 years ago

Virtual d-pads / joysticks in mobile games.

Plenty of games designed for mobile are fine. Mobile touchscreen versions of games that were designed for a controller are uniformly bad.
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Sex, shopping and video game longevity

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3 years ago

My experience with Dark Souls is a repeated cycle of a few minutes of building exhilaration, leading to a climax ("You Died!") and then a feeling of emptiness tinged with disappointment and longing for the cycle to start over. I'm not sure it fits best in the Shopping category...
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A celebration of Lionhead's finest games

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3 years ago

Fable 2 had a quirky British humour to rival any Rockstar game, and a world with delights you could stumble upon to rival any Betheseda game- it was almost perfect.
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Keith Stuart on violence in crime fiction and video games

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3 years ago

Superbly put - the argument that violent videogames are unfairly chastised while TV gets a free pass is a familiar one, but I'd never considered that the interactivity that's makes videogames somehow "worse" can apply to other media too.

I read choose-your-own-adventure books and then Fighting Fantasy novels as a kid, and although the descriptions weren't graphic there were plenty of ways my character could be violent or die violently ... Does that mean I was any more likely to act out the violence than someone reading Gone Girl?
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Digital Foundry vs Xbox One backwards compatibility

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4 years ago

There's a lot of emphasis here on the ability to REplay games, and how that's not for everyone... Am I in such a minority having a load of 360 games I haven't even played once yet?

Since my console became last-gen, sale prices on game downloads have been insanely low, and I'm a sucker for a bargain. If it's well implemented, BC means I can start saving for a Fallout 4 Machine without worrying about wasting my money on the 360 games I haven't got around to yet.
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Will Porter on: Getting old

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4 years ago

Christ, I think we can all agree that having kids you can't afford is A Bad Thing, and if everyone on the planet decided not to have kids because of overpopulation the problem would resolve itself but then we'd have quite the opposite problem instead. Now instead of focusing on the minor point that kids can take up a bit of time to raise right so they don't end up feral or getting Baby's First ASBO, can we get back to celebrating how the many stages of life (including parenthood) can bring exciting new perspectives to gaming?

Edit: looks like the situation resolved itself while I was typing my cranky rant. Carry on!
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4 years ago

Despite being a gamer since the mid 90s, I've had some of my all-time greatest gaming moments in the past couple of years with my kids.

Sure, defeating Emerald Weapon in FF7 was tough. But after I taught my daughter the intricacies of kart racing in Sonic Transformed, wrestled with the decision on whether to keep the Y axis inverted for the plane sections, watched her work out the skid /boost system all by herself, and jumped around like a loon when we finally got a 1-2 podium finish... Nothing compares to that.
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Cara Ellison on: #Fortune

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4 years ago

Well I liked it. Not quite Pulitzer material but entertaining enough.

And I'm a bit taken aback with some of the hostility on show here, directed not at the quality of the article but at the author. I'm happy to give these Saturday morning pieces more of a pass to be a bit wacky and experimental, and if John Blyth can write a (well received) article that provides "10 BRAND NEW WAYS FOR NPCs TO SAY "I'M THROWING A GRENADE"", I think we can give Cara a pass with this one...
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Jon Blyth on: Morality

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4 years ago

Coincidentally, the acronym "BIF! AWNTCFITS USIFT EMTAAOAOAL!" is also the noise made by foreigners as they are catapulted into the sea.

So I've heard
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Jon Blyth on: Barks

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4 years ago

Maybe the next FPS should get Navi from Zelda as a guest NPC. "Hey! Listen! GRENADE!!" "Hey! Listen! GRENADE!!" over and over...
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Arcade hunting in Akiba

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4 years ago

@FuzzyDuck There's a Sega Rally in an American-themed diner near me, nestled between one armed bandits and seaside penny shove machines. I always figured Sega Rally must be the cabinet EVERY retro arcade has, if even a hotdog diner in a small town has one.

It's free to play as well. I tell myself I go there most weekends for the kids' benefit, but I'm on it more than they are ;)
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Not for everyone: exploring the strange pleasures of exclusivity

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5 years ago

Nice article- I thought it was going to be about platform exclusives, but instead we got a new take on "hidden gems" in gaming. There's something unique about the pride in having discovered a wonderful game before it's widely known, and I'm sure most gamers have at least one (mine is the excellent One Finger Death Punch, bought on XBLIG on a whim a few days after it launched).

...which makes me sound dangerously like some kind of gaming hipster ("it's great, you've probably never heard of it"), but obviously I'm HAPPY when a great game that started small gets out to a bigger audience.
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