kimchibaka

Sony defends decision to block PS4 cross-play with Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

kimchibaka

10 months ago

Great interview Wes, sharp and to the point.

On the other hand I won't be able to play Minecraft on my Windows 7 gaming rig with an Xbox owning family member. A bit of balance on this is sensible I think.
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Lost in Shibuya

kimchibaka

10 months ago

@FenderMaster I hear what you say about people in Tokyo. If you try to be more outgoing (a few drinks helps!) you should easily be able to meet people, but it sounds like perhaps you're mainly going to izakayas and the like rather than clubs? Yes when in Rome etc and be polite with it, but a few beers in a drinking environment in Japan excuses almost every social faux pas (within reason obviously!). I met loads of people when I was out there, although I do hear you and one or two special nightclubs (or events where you know the organisers) aside I think you probably want to try to get a transfer to Osaka, where almost every night out in five years ended with us sharing our evening with people we didn't know :)

An old Japanese friend has a (relatively expensive - fine dining) restaurant in Iitabashi. He and his friends have lived abroad and like foreigners, but the best thing about it is if he knows you're coming he'll usually arrange some Japanese who want to socialise with foreigners to join you. A place to go at the start of the night for some quality grub and company, anyone in Tokyo can PM me for the name of the restaurant and my friend :)
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kimchibaka

10 months ago

@khelloc Yep, the Roppongi Hills end is particularly popular with a broad spectrum of the Japanese population (shopping in the daytime and high end bars that most casual gaijin would never clock at night). Also there are loads of small clubs around the main crossroad that are above street level that you need to be 'in the know' about or you'd never know they existed (even reading Japanese you're not likely to try a random club you've never heard of on the 5th or 6th floor of a buidling).
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PS4 WipEout's classic sleeve is PSX nostalgia supreme

kimchibaka

11 months ago

@IronGiant I'd argue that Wipeout HD didn't sell enough on PS3 simply due to the fact that Sony didn't really market it. A discount title that didn't even get a physical release afaik. Even a month or two after the first release online matches were pretty quiet for what was a fantastic game, and you could play but you were always racing against the same group of people (worldwide!).

Basically for me they screwed it up and then sacked the legendary Studio Liverpool. I'm not paying for this, despite the box (are Liverpool on it?) - I'd like to play the extra content, but out of principle I'll stick with 60fps HD/Fury on PS3, that's fine for me.
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Capcom tweaks Street Fighter 5 Thailand stage due to "unintentional religious references"

kimchibaka

12 months ago

When are Nintendo going to do something about the back-masking in Mariokart?!!
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Jelly Deals roundup: Final Fantasy 15, Yakuza Zero, Overwatch and more

kimchibaka

1 year ago

Grabbed the Steam Link at a decent price at last, thanks!

Zavvi are presently at £39.99 for Yakuza 0 and the other link was out of stock, so I had to go to shopto. My first experience with them and I have to say it was horrid getting through all the security and then having my card declined with no explanation...but I got there in the end having to use Paypal.

Anyway Link and Yakuza on their way, thanks again for the heads up :)
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Say it in less

kimchibaka

1 year ago

Super article!
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Battalion 1944 is coming to EGX Rezzed

kimchibaka

1 year ago

If Syndicate's not going to be there I won't give Gamer Network my cash (ever again) /sarcasm.

Shame on you EG for not properly putting pressure on your parent company last year for the same event, it won't be forgotten by many I'm sure.
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26 years later, Street Fighter 2 expert reveals never-before-seen combos

kimchibaka

1 year ago

'So, we see stuff like sweep infinites, double jump-in plus mid-combo jump-in combos...'

Er, wassat???

'I tried whiffing a bunch of stuff...'

Oh I see, all is clear now.

???
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PlayStation 3 production ends soon in Japan

kimchibaka

1 year ago

My Slim's still going (touch wood) but I'd really like to pick up a back-up machine to play my huge stack of physical and some digital exclusives. Anyone know where I can get one for a reasonable price?
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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review

kimchibaka

1 year ago

@Oli 'Tis not only a damn fine word, I've noticed you only use it on the most highly recommended games so please continue to do so. I now regard it as an accolade even above and beyond essential :) No brio in future = no buy! :D
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kimchibaka

1 year ago

@Oli I hope you don't use 'brio' in staff emails as much as you do in reviews! :D
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Jelly Deals: A PS4 Slim with Nioh or Horizon: Zero Dawn and an extra controller costs you £230 today

kimchibaka

1 year ago

@JamieW I don't know how Argos works for delivery, I guess it's from your nearest local warehouse only or something? Here in Kent delivery was gone by 11am today, but I bagged one for pick up just down the road.
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kimchibaka

1 year ago

@kinky_mong Yeah I've been on the end of that Argos 'experience' before where they let you choose everything and then tell you it's out of stock, it's a shitty site set up once they're all gone, that's for sure :(

What's more the offer now has black and blue controllers. When I reserved they only had camo, silver and gold, none of which I really like. I shouldn't complain as I did bag the deal, it's just odd is all. The actual PS4 is out of stock, but they still let you choose from more controller colours for a deal you can't get?!!
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kimchibaka

1 year ago

@bostonbrakes I'm in exactly the same situation - new to the PS4 and I was waiting for a Pro bundle as it's inevitable at some point. But then comes along a deal like this - it was irresistable at that price!
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kimchibaka

1 year ago

@Big-Boss It's an unbelievable price! It works out as the cheapest console I've bought new since the SNES :D
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How Amstrad Action changed my life

kimchibaka

1 year ago

@VirtuaIceMan I feel your pain brother :( Maybe we could start a self-help group or summat to get ourselves through as best we can...
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kimchibaka

1 year ago

@VirtuaIceMan You lucky so'n'so. I had to clear space ten years or so ago. I got about £40 for about that number of games on ebay, including many beautifully boxed games from the likes of Silversoft in near-mint condition, Lords of Midnight with the novel(la - ?), The Sentinel, the list goes on. I was gutted at the price, but even more gutted when I didn't even get any feedback from the buyer after so lovingly and carefully packaged it all up with tears in my eyes.

A bit later I started a sale for my 6128 with Multitap thrown in for a quid...and that's all I got. When the bloke came to collect it I thought he might've have offered me a fiver or something out of fairness (he'd kept me waiting all day as well) but no...he pressed a dirty old £1 coin into my hand :(
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kimchibaka

1 year ago

@kamakazilucas Bigger games than, for example, Head Over Heels? Elite?!! I would have thought one major reason NES carts were far more money was because of production costs versus dirt cheap cassettes and disks, let alone selling and distribution to niche markets.

People pirated because piracy wasn't a big thing here in the UK then. You could buy pirate videotapes in the market - in fact you were lucky to get an original even if you paid for one! Even 'legit' video rental shops were full of pirates, at least round here. Plus, we were kids with twin tape decks who were used to sitting up on Sunday night for two hours with our fingers hovered over the unpause button on the tapedeck to record the songs we liked from the top 40 as seamlessly as possible, punching the air when we made (what we thought was!) the perfect timing!

And there are PLENTY of absolutely standout games listed in this comments section!
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kimchibaka

1 year ago

The disc drive was a godsend - loaded every time. I also had loads of tapes for my 6128 which gave me little trouble with the occasional head clean. Marvellous machine and many happy memories playing fantastic versions of Gryzor, Operation Wolf, Robocop, Batman: The Movie, Head Over Heels, Mercenary, Barbarian, Highway Encounter, Nebulous...so many more...over and over. The French scene was very active (wasn't Captain Blood a French game?). I'm pretty sure Get Dexter was - mad as a box of frogs that one.

I never did finish Combat School though, among others, that was bastard hard. And oh when you loaded up a new game only to find out you had a poor speccy port :(

Amstrad Action was indeed fantastic, great memories!
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Hearthstone celebrates Diablo 20th anniversary with themed Tavern Brawl

kimchibaka

1 year ago

Became the cow on my third attempt (having beaten the boss on my second with a randomly filled deck) as I'd played Syvanas just before the final secret...I have no idea what happened but it was quite amusing indeed being the cow, and just seeing how long I could string the wanderer along on almost no health :)

A fun diversion but there's obviously a problem with the game model...all my 'friends' (apart from new ones I make) since launch have either stopped playing or I rarely if ever see them online anymore.
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Watch: We made Stephen's Sausage Roll for real

kimchibaka

1 year ago

Brilliant! :lol:

Touching raw pork and then everything else in the kitchen though...I hope Stephen is a bit more hygienic!
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The importance of games in difficult times

kimchibaka

1 year ago

@MattEvansC3
@riceNpea of course, there's no problem at all with Russia invading democratic nations, helping tyrants use banned weaponry against its populations, attack aid workers and prevent other nations in assisting ceasefires.

...
But it's alright when we do it?
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Gone Home is free this weekend on PC, Mac and Linux

kimchibaka

1 year ago

@Rogueywon Many thanks for the heads up about Dirt 3! :D
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Jelly Deals roundup: Attack on Titan, Virginia, Shadow of Mordor, and more

kimchibaka

2 years ago

Mordor GOTY sounds very good for sick squid odd.

Don't know any of the Humble games this time, worth it anyone?
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These Shenmue fans got to tour Japan with Yu Suzuki

kimchibaka

2 years ago

@fabio78 Well there's only so much you can fit in in one trip, I wouldn't worry! And blimey, climbing Fuji san isn't bad for a first visit! Tell me you saw Himeji castle though?!!

I think most visitors see Tokyo and Kyoto as essentials, and probably rightfully so. In Kyoto there is the the geisha district and the sheer number of temples and shrines so close together is fantastic, but only a few are essential for me outside of festival (cherry blossom etc) time. For a gamer Tokyo's essential (and the Ghibli museum looks incredible) but put it this way; my parents came for two weeks and I didn't even take them. I guarantee they had a better time with the other stuff we did!

Some of their highlights were the 'smallest' of things. Visiting my Japanese 'aunty' for lunch in a typical Japanese home. The fish stall chap near my home warmly greeting them everytime they passed. An evening stroll through Chinatown in Kobe. We did big things too, lots of them, but I think the beauty of a visit to Japan is that the smallest
things can often bring such unexpected pleasure :)

You need a couple of days at Hakone. There's lots to do and see, but it's incredibly chill so not for everyone perhaps (Nara is the same, an untouched marvel compared to Kyoto's slap-a-concrete eyesore next to an ancient wonder madness).

Enjoy your next trip :D

P.S. Not sure who negged your comment, just bizarre on here sometimes!!!
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kimchibaka

2 years ago

@fabio78 Having lived in both Osaka and near Tokyo I much prefered Osaka, but agree its charms are harder to find unless you research very well in advance or have Japanese contacts there. Its cuisine, people and culture (e.g. Kabuki) are quite unique in Japan. Plus it's the perfect place to stay to get to Himeji (for the castle), Kyoto and - imo - the far more charming and enjoyable Nara, which ranks with Hakone as my favourite places in Japan I ever visited.
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UK shops are selling original PS4 bundles for £150

kimchibaka

2 years ago

Well the PS4, FIFA, Ratchet and an extra controller for £180 Argos deal seems to have not only funked that one deal, it's crashing the whole site!

I don't even know if I should, since moving to PC gaming on a 3 year old gaming laptop I haven't touched my PS3 Slim, and I've still a lot of games there I haven't even touched (Okami HD! Ico Collection! FFS!).

There's a chance my order just to reserve at store went through, probably not due to the weird message I got after, but that'll be the gift of the gods probably when I drop by tomorrow. It's a no brainer to break that pack up and sell, but I'm no Ebay merchant.

It's got me thinking though...a slim PS4 revision may hopefully not be as shite as the last PS3. I think Pro is the way to go to play my long-awaited (few) titles like Uncharted and Ratchet...but then how long until that's revised and more reliable (possibly)? I certainly won't be buying in at launch price, which makes it a long time to wait.


Hmmm...
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Game Genie declassified: That summer I played 230 Game Boy games

kimchibaka

2 years ago

Fantastic article, fascinating stuff!

I spent hours myself messing with with my Multitap on my Amstrad, scrolling through the machine code (?) looking for the lives value which if memory serves was somthing like '3D' which you changed to '00' ( = don't lose lives?) or vice versa.

Oh the joys as a young teen finding the in-game text for Rockstar Ate My Hamster was in text form in the code and you could change it to all obscenities. You don't have high spirited malarky like that with games these days!

I also remember corrupting my former best friend - turned bully's Combat School disc so it froze on the first level before I returned it to him. Sweet revenge!
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10 things you must do at EGX 2016

kimchibaka

2 years ago

@rauper You had two choices:

1) Take a moral stand, explain the reasons why he was no longer appearing, and offer refunds to anyone who bought tickets to see him (dozens? Hundreds?).

2) Appear to be implicitly condone his actions.

You chose 2) and a precedent has indeed been set.

EG have hardly covered themselves in glory over this by largely avoiding the issue. You say they have freedom of editorial, but they're not touching this so that looks like empty words to me.
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Yooka-Laylee playable for the first time anywhere at EGX

kimchibaka

2 years ago

@tomphillipsEG Thanks a lot for the detailed reply Tom. I've now finished the thread and on page 7 in particular I feel some posters really hit the nail on the head.

http://www.eurogamer.net/forum/thread/320295?start=180

The last time I was at the Expo I couldn't get near the one game I was really excited about trying (God of War 3, which tells you something!) so haven't been bothered to go again or followed the changes.

For me the slight name change still sounds like a Eurogamer event, even if it only ever was in name (slight technicality there though imo) so it reflects on your site to folk like me, rightly or wrongly, particularly when you're promoting it in videos and articles like this one.

Name aside (which is a biggie for me personally, but moving on from that) I completely agree with your second paragraph. However your choice of the word 'review' is interesting.

Has there been, for example, any article that mentions (ideally questions) or addresses Syndicate's appearance at EGX? I found one article by Wes about the original scandal but there was no mention of it, to much disappointment in the comments section, and seemingly at odds with the independence GN say they allow you.

It leaves a very bad taste in my mouth if you publish articles about cheating in esports, e.g. drug enhancement. And here your parent company is employing what at best seems a Youtube personality e-sports conman with lots of young fans, and at worst potentially a criminal whose same fans may well have been deliberately encouraged into an e-sports betting scam.
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kimchibaka

2 years ago

@tomphillipsEG Isn't EGX what when I went years ago was called Eurogamer Expo?

If so then, run by your parent company or not, you need to have a bit more say in something that has your name and you promote so heavily. I thought there was a scandal a couple of years ago about the booth girls and a huge fuss which was directly addressed on here?

Was it at that point Gamer Network took over so when scumbags like Syndicate are invited you can throw your hands up and say 'nothing to do with us'?

That's what it looks like, so some clarification would be good.

I came here looking at the game (which does look absolutely wonderful, beyond what I had expected) only to be shocked at what @Binba442's link took me to.
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PlayStation Plus' free September offerings include Journey, Lords of the Fallen

kimchibaka

2 years ago

@gabloammar Cheers buddy, maybe not so bad after all :) I missed out on it in the recent sale by a few hours so couldn't bring myself to pay 3x the price. This way I can just get Plus for a month and that'll be cheaper and enough for a few playthroughs I'm sure, and they'll be lots of fellow newbies like me to explore with right now without showing me everything at once! :)
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kimchibaka

2 years ago

@gabloammar Ah I see, thanks! No I thought it meant the PS4 version was on Plus but the PS3 version was free to all (as it was always cross buy anyway I thought). My bad on a Plus article, but it could have been worded a bit clearer I think, so thanks for confirming :) Thought it was too good to be true :(
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kimchibaka

2 years ago

thatgamecompany's wistful mood piece Journey (which will also be available for no additional charge on PS3).
I don't understand this sentence. I have a PS3 with no PS+ anymore, does that mean it's totally free for folk like me? (As with PS+ it'd obviously be 'free' while you kept up the service.)
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Castle of Illusion remake will be removed from sale on Friday

kimchibaka

2 years ago

@Nintendo64 Was that Sega Rally on the PS3 by any chance? (Sorry I don't know anything about the series.) I have a physical copy so perhaps it was a different game and I've got my wires crossed, cheers!
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PES 2017's unlicensed club team names are as brilliant as ever

kimchibaka

2 years ago

I remember not so long ago when London FC's staff car park was directly behind one of the goals :lol:
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Grow Up review

kimchibaka

2 years ago

@Carpetfluff Ah that's a shame, as I found struggling against the controls mostly (certainly not always!) part of the charm, and reaching the really hard spots really rewarding. Though I can imagine the kiddies (especially the 5 year-old) getting pretty frustrated by that point. This might be the one for them instead then(?)
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kimchibaka

2 years ago

I stumbled across the original in my Steam list when some young relatives were over one weekend. They (and I) instantly fell in love with BUD and the game style and were fighting over the controller, and that was before we'd even worked out how to pick up a flower! Just messing around with BUD's physics and taking in the simple but magical world was enough.

After they went home I got to grips (no pun intended) with things and discovering the simple mechanics and aim was a childlike joy I have very rarely experienced for years.

Halfway through I checked out the original review on here, which I'd remembered enjoying at the time. I always enjoy Christian's writings. But this time he spoiled just about all of the basic (and few) aspects of the game like the ending, I couldn't believe it! So, thanks for both a good review Martin and few if any spoilers, cannot wait to play this (once I've finished the original - I'm taking my time with its charming, simple world, making the most of every minute)!
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Humble Bundle offers cheap Nuclear Throne, The Beginner's Guide and more

kimchibaka

2 years ago

@AnsemsApprentice Thanks so much for the detailed and super clear reply my friend, much appreciated :)

I've signed up and found there's a list of my previously unredeemed games which is so handy, I really must get around to installing Uplay so I can enjoy Rayman: Origins for the first time!

This bundle is phenomenal value (as they all have been in fact) - wow. I paid a fair bit more than they were asking because I can and because it's for good causes, I could even choose the Stroke Association charity who help my dad so much :)
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kimchibaka

2 years ago

@Binba442 I'm fairly new to these bundles, could you or anyone else please tell me how you know when more games unlock and how to redeem them? Do you just sign in to humble? Thanks :)
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A quick look at the beginning of BioShock, original compared to remastered

kimchibaka

2 years ago

I bought the Bioshock bundle which included everything except Minerva's Den (I think) in the Christmas sale, and adding that the total came to something ridiculously cheap like £13, if that. Oh I think the Colombia's Finest also wasn't in it (whatever that is) and Protector Trials.

I hope it fixes the broken bit I encountered in 2, where I had to drop graphical settings to continue. That (and FPS probably)'s the only reason to upgrade for me because this doesn't look like that huge a leap given the time since release for someone like me who doesn't have a very big screen.

I do hope it is a separate download/inventory item because I'll lose 2's multiplayer which I'll try one day. Even if it's not great it tells an interesting story of 'the fall' I hear.
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Over a million UK players have spent money on Pokémon Go

kimchibaka

2 years ago

Merkins.
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Pokémon Go removed from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Holocaust Museum

kimchibaka

2 years ago

@vert1go Having been to Hiroshima and lived in Japan for many years I felt there is enough there to properly honour the victims and remember the horror. The - largely unnoticed by tourists - Ground Zero Marker is an understated sign in a way of the importance of life going on for me.

That Nagasaki memorial creeps the hell out of me.
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The making of Head Over Heels

kimchibaka

2 years ago

A very long overdue article on one of the best games ever!
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Watch: Chris teaches a reluctant Aoife how to play Hearthstone

kimchibaka

2 years ago

Oh me, oh my...I suppose 'Chris teaches a reluctant Aoife how to play Hearthstone, learns a few basics such as what Windfury is along the way, and then Aoife teaches him - among other things - how to spot the rarer cards you get from packs ('plus it glowed blue')' wasn't quite as snappy a title?!!

Most amusing :D
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Someone finished Doom's insane permadeath mode without any upgrades

kimchibaka

2 years ago

Ah, but can he do it on Donkey Kong Bongo controllers, eh?! ;)
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Get Grow Home, Rayman Origins and Call of Juarez: Gunslinger for $1

kimchibaka

2 years ago

@ghuk @PluMonkey thanks guys!
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kimchibaka

2 years ago

Is Uplay as bad as some folk say it is? I bought the last similar bundle and enjoyed Juarez a lot on Steam and dipped into Grow Home (but need to spend some proper time with it). The Uplay stuff like Rayman and Far Cry 3 though I never unlocked, am I being overly cautious?
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Apple: Palestinian game highlighting Gaza child welfare is not a game

kimchibaka

2 years ago

I can only guess from this that Apple are going to reject my 'Tony Blair Faces War Crimes Court Despite Being Mates With the Pope' text experience, but my 'Let's Bomb The Whole Corrupt Middle East (But Only The Countries We Don't Like)' - based on R-Type - will fly through?

EG - this is (or should be) a big story, until it's confirmed by Apple as a mistake of consistency or whatnot, keep on it please.
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