jonbwfc

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

jonbwfc

2 weeks ago

I agree with a lot of what Keza is saying here, but I find one bit of it very incongruous. The whole issue at hand is that the games media isn't promoting and including female writers enough, yet Keza begins her argument with the following statement..

There is self-evidently no shortage of female talent in video games writing in 2018
Eerrr... can we really say that? Is that really 'self-evident'? The fact is the lack of evidence to sustain that argument is exactly the problem we're discussing.

Either there are plenty of good female games writers around, in which case Keza, you're in a position to promote and employ such writers to bring them to the public consciousness and, over time, produce cultural change. Yet the fact you're here making this argument suggests that isn't what's happening.

Or there aren't, so you can't, but then the argument that the games media isn't promoting and including them is moot.

Obviously there's a lot of 'chicken and the egg' going on here. Having great writers writing encourages other people who might be great writers but don't know it. But proposing a position on the assumption that there are lots of great female writers out there when the exact problem is there is no evidence either way about it is a pretty poor foundation to an argument frankly.

The games industry needs to to do all it can to find a diverse set of great writers to produce great content for us, the gaming public. If that gets done everybody wins. But we can't make the assumption that great female writers are out there just because we think they should be. Honestly, great writers are few and far between. We should be cherishing all of them but let's be realistic about how we consider the way forward.
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Don't gush: why the vision of Mirror's Edge Catalyst makes it a modern great

jonbwfc

3 weeks ago

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Sea of Thieves' latest update is blocking Xbox Games Pass access

jonbwfc

4 weeks ago

Well I paid so I got on after the patch and it still hasn’t fixed the massive lag/glitching issue I’ve been having. If anything it’s worse, which is a ruddy bad sign if a big chunk of the player base weren’t even in the game.
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Rare addresses Sea of Thieves' launch issues in new developer video

jonbwfc

1 month ago

I haven't had any problems getting in a crew with friends, but I have had a lot of 'skipping' around i.e. finding myself teleporting like five feet sideways every so often. I thought it was my broadband but my crewmates reported similar things. Not a problem generally, until it glitched me off a pier into shark infested waters.

I suspect the servers simply can't keep the 'tick rate' properly, and that's causing something akin to the lag effects from back in the quake days :D.
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Trouble brewing for independent UK shop chain Grainger Games

jonbwfc

1 month ago

@jabberwocky Surely anything above the centre line of the UK is in 'the north of the UK' and anything below that line is 'The South of the UK'? That doesn't therefore start at the Scottish border. looking at at a map of the UK mainland, I'd say 'The North of the UK' actually starts somewhere around Liverpool. Certainly Scotland is the major part of 'The North of the UK', but it's not the entirety of it.

It could be more accurate to say something like 'the third most northerly fifth of the UK' but that's pretty crap writing tbh.
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Everything announced in Nintendo's new Switch indie showcase

jonbwfc

1 month ago

@BellyFullOfHell They *have* to bring the Rez music pack from the mobile app though...
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Toys R Us falls into administration

jonbwfc

1 month ago

@Achtung_Englander 'The Govt finally seems to have smelled the coffee. I expect in the Spring budget a complete overhaul of the business tax system which will tax revenue not profit.'

A tory government massively increasing corporate taxation? I'm sceptical to be honest.
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Kingdom Come: Deliverance review - history is a double-edged sword

jonbwfc

2 months ago

@FilthyAnimal 'No, history is NOT a science. A science involves absolute figures with predictable outcomes.'

Quantum mechanics says hi.
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The retro gaming industry could be killing video game preservation

jonbwfc

2 months ago

It seems to me this has a simple solution : don't buy retro/emulation hardware unless you're sure of the provenance of the software that's running on it.

These guys are doing this because they're making money off it. If there's no money in it they won't do it. If, as the article seems to be claiming, having them around is actually doing more harm than good, then you're better off without them anyway, even if it means the supply of emulation kit is less diverse.

Seriously, if you don't want these guys doing this stuff, DON'T SUPPORT THEM DOING IT.
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Kingdom Come: Deliverance has a hefty day-one update

jonbwfc

2 months ago

@mrjoker129 "They made extensive changes and improvements which necessitated replacement of virtually the entire game because of how the code is archived."

Then frankly the game they sent to be published wasn't in a fit state to BE published. If you can make enough changes/improvements in six weeks to effectively 'touch' every bit of the game, WAIT THE EXTRA SIX WEEKS BEFORE PUBLISHING. Minor changes and bug fixes, fine, but it just sounds like they don't understand the process they're involved in properly.
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The strange appeal of non-sports sports games

jonbwfc

2 months ago

@popej
Well, if we’re talking ccomparatively, let’s compare. How many of those other sports people can get 70,000 people to pay 30 quid each to watch them perform every other week and millions to watch them on tv? I’d suggest those that can in their sports that attract those sort of crowds (e.g. NBA players, F1 drivers) are paid comparatively similar to footballers and often more.

They generate the most income so they get paid the most money. What you’re complaining about is ‘capitalism’, not ‘football’.

As it happens I find current top level football to be as crass and venal as a lot if other commenters do, but the whole ‘they don’t deserve it’ argument is bunk. Pretty much nobody actually gets paid what they ‘deserve’, even if we could objectively decide what that was, which we can’t.
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Fortnite unveils new Valentine's event details, skins, and crossbows

jonbwfc

3 months ago

I fully expect an article titled 'Fortnite available on a Thursday!' to be published tomorrow.
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Here's what's coming with PS4's big 5.50 update

jonbwfc

3 months ago

@g4r37h 'What I want to see is the ability to buy games that have previously been downloaded for free with PS Plus. '

If you're worried about this likelihood, can't you just buy them on disk, have that as a 'backup' of the digital copy should the service cease/fail (not that there's any single sign of that happening, but anyway...).

Obviously there are 'digital only' games, but the licence validation mechanisms behind those disappearing is a question on every digital platform (Steam, Origin, XBL, PSN, iTunes, Google play...). I can't imagine any platform provider would be daft enough o just say 'Nope, none of that stuff is going to work any more' because in that case, who would buy through whatever they did next? Honestly, by the time these platforms get switched off, I fully expect us to all be disembodied brains living in space.
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Devastating Dragon Ball FighterZ combo is literally over 9000

jonbwfc

3 months ago

'professional Super Smash Bros. Melee player'

Well good grief.
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Robert the Bruce, Highlander and golf courses: it's Scotland in Civilization 6

jonbwfc

3 months ago

Oh Please please let there be a diplomacy option where you can call the leader of America a cheeto-faced shit gibbon.
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Why the people behind crowdfunded Camelot Unchained won't sell spaceships or castles

jonbwfc

3 months ago

"It hurt my bank account a lot because I wasn't a billionaire or super-rich by any standard"

He had $2million to hand in his bank account, that makes him super-rich by most people's standard. However surely the pertinent question is how much money he had left afterwards. If he still had $2million in his bank account, he's still made for life. If he had $200, then massive respect.

Mind you, getting cancer in the US? That's going to get really expensive really quickly. In his shoes I'd have said 'screw the game, pay the medical bill'.

So basically fair does. They do need to deliver something at some point though...

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Twitch inks deal to broadcast exclusive content from top Disney YouTubers

jonbwfc

3 months ago

I assume they'll have 'no streaming from known suicide spots' in their contracts...
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Nintendo Labo: the internet reacts

jonbwfc

3 months ago

@jetsetwillie "It’s amazing how you can put a joycon in a cardboard box and it becomes a piano. Very clever!"

They were so preoccupied with whether they could, they never stopped to ask if they should
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Casio-SA-46-Mini-Keys-Keyboard/dp/B0040XK0GM/

15 quid less for an ACTUAL piano keyboard you can, you know, learn the basics of playing the piano on, rather than something someone can play chopsticks on but isn't actually going to help anyone do anything constructive, if you'll excuse the pun.

It's a fine technical achievement agreed, but it's usefulness in the real world is questionable at best. Some of the stuff in the variety pack looks interesting but some of it comes across very much as 'this will be cool and then people will get bored of it in about five minutes'.

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Nintendo has announced Nintendo Labo, a bizarre new interactive cardboard toy line

jonbwfc

3 months ago

there are drivable motorbikes
Yeah. No.
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Unity's latest interactive demo is an impressive technical showcase

jonbwfc

3 months ago

Makes more sense than the last 'Dead Rising' trailer anyway...
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Third series of Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit TV show begins February

jonbwfc

3 months ago

I read somewhere that the bits they use for filming means there’s significant (like a second) lag between the celeb pressing a button and it showing up on the big screen. If that’s true, I think it may be unfair to judge any of the player’s gaming prowess from it.
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Overwatch, Pokémon dominated Pornhub's most popular game characters of 2017

jonbwfc

3 months ago

Well, this might bring you a very unexpected result if you say "Alexa, play 'Play Misty For Me'"
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Sting to star in American folklore game Where the Water Tastes Like Wine

jonbwfc

3 months ago

I hope this rocks, Anne.
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Eurogamer's Top 50 Games of 2017: 50-41

jonbwfc

4 months ago

Well this can only end brilliantly.
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DICE's Battlefield: Bad Company is now available on EA Access

jonbwfc

4 months ago

Still one of the best video game trailers ever.

"I though he was, you know, embedded."
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The truth about GodMode, the "World's First Brain Booster for Gamers"

jonbwfc

4 months ago

@_TheDarkSide_ It's actually legitimately recognised effect, would you believe. I'm a competition archer, and alcohol is a prohibited substance in our sport. There's lots of evidence to show a small amount of alcohol in your system improves performance.

To amuse all the Mitchell & Webb fans, the best effect is apparently at just less that two pint's worth..
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Jelly Deals: Bayonetta 2 Special Edition up for pre-order

jonbwfc

4 months ago

@varsas According to wikipedia it was announced in 2012 and released in 2014. Admittedly that makes how 'old' it is a bit ambiguous, but it doesn't change the fact it's a previous generation game they're charging 'brand new game' price for.
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jonbwfc

4 months ago

50 quid even for the 'standard' edition of a five year old game (and a digital code for an eight year old game)? Really?

I was quite looking forward to it, but they can sod off at that price.
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PUBG performs badly on Xbox One - and X

jonbwfc

4 months ago

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is - without question - the biggest game in the world right now
Yeah, I kind of DO question that frankly.
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Today, Bungie will make Destiny 2's brilliantly overpowered Prometheus Lens "way too weak" instead

jonbwfc

4 months ago

@Merdalor
Every weapon is pants.
Only a handful of weapons in the whole game feel powerful: Nameless Midnight, Origin Story, Better Devils, Uriel's Gift and maybe the only worthy exotic, the Merciless.
Well, that depends what you're in PVE for though doesn't it? I love Borealis because makes a massive 'boom' when you pull the trigger and something all the way across the map reacts like it's been hit by a lorry. I love Wardcliff Coil because it's mental. I love Sunshot because the way things explode when you get a headshot.

Are any of these things absolutely the optimal weapons to use in any given situation? Probably not no - as you say, Nameless Midnight or Merciless will probably get a slightly to somewhat higher DPS in any situation. But you only care about that if that's what you care about, if you see what I mean. If 'am I using the absolute best combination of things to complete this activity as quickly and efficiently as possible' is what you're primarly interested in then yes, your logic is correct. If you're in it for 'that guy's head just exploded and it set off a red barrel chain reaction that wiped out those eight other guys and MY GOD aren't I a badass!', then frankly the fact you're doing 10 DPS less than you might have been doesn't matter beans.

Neither is the 'right' way to view a game, any game is best played how you want to play it. But the idea no gun other than the ones you mention serve a function simply because those specific guns represent the crosspoint on a multidimensional graph of data is a very single minded view of the world.

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Well, the good news is, Death Stranding is playable

jonbwfc

5 months ago

No-one's really sure what the trailer's about. Well, that's not true. Kojima, you presume, understands what it's all about.
I think that’s an assumption we can’t necessarily make at this point. There seems to be quite a lot of ‘throwing mud at the wall’ about the trailers so far.
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Destiny 2 locks one of its most-prized exotic guns behind Curse of Osiris expansion

jonbwfc

5 months ago

@The_shlaaaag_returns "This is where Eurogamer should step in, hammer these greedy fuckpigs and hold them to account for their actions."

Yeah, you really think they're going to give a crap? They shove Deej out, he fails to answer a few awkward questions - which is like his actual job - and in the background someone is seen carrying on shovelling money down a chute.

I'm of the camp that thinks a lot of this stuff is massive 'storm in a teacup' material, but either way the idea they're going to care about a bit of unflattering press when they already have people's money is naive beyond the point of laughable.
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Detroit: Become Human under fire for controversial domestic abuse scene

jonbwfc

5 months ago

@GADG3Tx87 "And yes, I'm from the UK and consider our goverment to be about as useful as a candle in a solar eclipse."

I share your opinion of our government, however a candle would actually be quite useful during a solar eclipse...
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Apple iPhone X review

jonbwfc

5 months ago

@ecco Because it was effing woeful, although possibly that's with a degree of hindsight. I had one, and compared to even the first iPhone it was tortuous to use.

The new paradigm the iphone established wasn't 'a phone that was also a computer' it was 'a phone that was also a computer that didn't make you want to poke out your own eyeballs in frustration'.

Now we have those by the bucketload, you have a wide choice of excellent smart smartphones to suit your needs

But we don't put phones like that in the timeline of evolution of the smartphone for the same reason we don't put the Reliant Robin in the timeline of evolution of formula one cars.
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Destiny 2 may not be giving you as much XP as you think it is

jonbwfc

5 months ago

@ajent - that would work if you could use Bright dust to buy any item you might get in a bright engram. As it is Tess only has a subset for sale each week. If they changed that over that would be better.
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jonbwfc

5 months ago

@iucidium there is nothing you get in a bright engram that you actually need. You could play every game mode perfectly happily if you never even saw one.
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jonbwfc

5 months ago

@Feralsapien 'and being p2w'

There is nothing about this that is P2W. Gear from bright engrams won't make you better/more powerful than anyone else. It may make you a bit shinier.

The issue with 'throttling' of XP is interesting, but it has nothing to do with microtransactions. It maybe might bother people because it means their time spent is less valuable than they thought it was, which is fair enough, but if the logic really is 'I'm getting fewer bright engrams therefore I'm getting ripped off', then that's a bloody idiotic argument. Because bright engrams are actually worth nothing, either in game terms or in reality.
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A brief history of 2000AD's 8-bit games

jonbwfc

5 months ago

@Cordite "calling Halo Jones “relatively light-hearted and whimsical“ is surprising to say the least"

Agreed. Wasn't one series of it basically a Vietnam war allegory set on a planet where the extreme gravity caused time distortion?

yeah, "light-hearted and whimsical"
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Disney says free-to-play action-RPG Marvel Heroes is shutting down

jonbwfc

5 months ago

@The-Bodybuilder
'Have you ever ran a business? Or been so invested in the survival of a company?'
Yes, I have, although recently, I've gone down another path. And in my case, it was the survival of myself as much as the company - if it had failed I'd have been on the streets. However when I ran that business I made sure the staff were treated fairly and not exploited. If you think doing 80 hour weeks and damaging your health for pay check ISN'T being exploited, whether they volunteered to d so or not, we have little to talk about.

"There are a lot of c*nt executives in the world and in business especially, but there's nothing this exec said that isn't disingenuous. "
I don't think you intended that to mean what it actually does mean, did you?
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jonbwfc

5 months ago

Marvel Heroes' former creative director, Jeff Donais, said that the layoffs "would definitely not be the fault of the internal men and women who actually worked on the game itself or served the customers [...] It was a real thing that people didn't see their families as much as they should, or sacrificed their health to work an 80-hour week when an important patch deadline was looming [...] The patch release schedule, especially when PC was the main focus, was aggressively insane."
So, basically, “thanks for chucking your work/life balance in the bin, possibly making yourself ill or causing long term health issues, and for doing loads of voluntary overtime, here’s your P45.”


Christ almighty. Even when video game executives are trying to be nice, they still come across like twats.
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LA Noire's Switch download version doesn't fit on a Switch

jonbwfc

6 months ago

Having played LA Noire when it first came out, I honestly don't think it's

a) Worth the expense of buying MicroSD card (or a bigger one if you already have one)
b) Downloading 14GB of stuff over wifi and using up half your internal storage space for it

It's really, really not that good. Especially compared to some of the other stuff available on Switch. Buy Stardew Valley! It's a massively better game, takes up a fraction of the resources and costs a third of the money. Or spend an extra tenner on Mario Odyssey. Jeez.
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It took Nintendo Switch just six months to hit half the Wii U's lifetime sales

jonbwfc

6 months ago

@abeeken
'A few people have explained to me that the XBox and Playstation infrastructures provide certain QOL things that Nintendo don't have like party chat and the like, but I don't see these as deal breakers?'

Simply put, I think quite a few people DO see those as deal breakers. There's a big difference between using a third party app for voice chat by choice and being forced to do so. Plus things like cloud saves are something people have come to rely on - although IIRC doesn't the latest switch firmware have something like that?

I'm not sure they're deal breakers enough to stop people buying Switch entirely but they're certainly something people can legitimately point out as a shortcoming of Nintendo's online service, especially if they're still there once they start charging for it.
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Destiny 2 gets private matches early next year

jonbwfc

6 months ago

Dear God, just give me a way to manage the stuff in my vault, PLEASE.
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Ex-NeoGAF members band together to create new forum, ResetEra

jonbwfc

6 months ago

well-known faces such as Shinobi, Nibel, ZhugeEX and Emily Rogers.
For a very specific definition of ‘well known’, anyway...
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review

jonbwfc

6 months ago

@secombe pretty sure EG used to do this if somewhat infrequently.
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jonbwfc

6 months ago

Sadly, a few exploding units forced Samsung to issue a recall
Yeah, I mean, it was only a few phones that exploded. Dunno why everyone made such a big deal of it frankly...
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The sad, slow death of Lego Dimensions

jonbwfc

6 months ago

Overpriced 'game to life' franchise based more around adult nostalgia than anything else fails to make long term impression? Shocked I am, shocked.

Disney Infinity died a while ago and they had the Marvel and Star Wars licences for pity's sake. People actually thought this wouldn't go the same way pretty soon?
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A schism tears unofficial legacy World of Warcraft service Elysium apart

jonbwfc

6 months ago

@Rovient 'end up... partly tarnishing Blizzard's work and brand'

I don't see how that holds in any way to be honest.
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Destiny 2's Monty Python emote pulled from sale

jonbwfc

6 months ago


Stop this emoting please. It is becoming silly.
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Shadow of War players are using tricks and cheats to combat loot boxes

jonbwfc

6 months ago

-5 points for not using a 'Here's a neat trick Orcs hate people knowing about...' headline.
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