mrharvest

Learning to love Dwarf Fortress, gaming's deepest simulation

mrharvest

1 year ago

Taking control of a small expedition of dwarfs (seven, naturally), the player picks a spot, packs their kit and sets out to dig a hole containing maximum gold and minimum hideous monsters.
You're doing it wrong! I can tell you where you're going wrong too: what you should pick is "minimum gold and maximum hideous monsters". Because losing is fun. :D

Here's one of my in-progress forts. I've built it entirely overground out of green glass. The only digging I did was the channel from the volcano to nearer the sea shore. Playing with only imported metals and stone is interesting (no digging, right). It's got some more levels but can't fit them in Armok Vision very well.
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My Summer Car is the most hardcore driving game yet

mrharvest

2 years ago

@p_nut_uk "You get a fly buzzing in your ear constantly, it's like a fucking tinnitus simulator"

Did you try bug spray? Also take a sauna to wash yourself if you're stinky and attract flies.

:D
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mrharvest

2 years ago

This game is the Linux of car games. To run it you first have to compile it.
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Steam now offers game refunds "for any reason" within 14 days

mrharvest

3 years ago

Thank you, EU.
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Ultima 8: Pagan currently free via Origin

mrharvest

3 years ago

I honestly recommend that people don't try U8 as their first Ultima experience. It's a very, very flawed game. Pick up Ultima7 on Gog instead. It's pretty cheap and much better overall.
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Steam Workshop now allows modders to sell their work

mrharvest

3 years ago

Modder gets 25% So the guys who did all the work get just a quarter of the profit? Wait what?
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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate guide

mrharvest

3 years ago

There's camera lock-on now? What is this nonsense?
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Video: Just Cause 3: What we want to see

mrharvest

3 years ago

The voice acting in both previous Just Cause games was perfect. PERFECT like EDF. At least I always assumed the hammy accents were part of the joke. Just about the worst thing I can imagine them doing to the game is getting "real stars" doing the voices and making it "gritty".
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Eurogamer has dropped review scores

mrharvest

3 years ago

Good job guys.
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The International Dota 2 tournament down to final eight teams

mrharvest

4 years ago

I don't see Newbee winning the tournament despite their performance yesterday. I think Vici will knock them to the lower bracket and EG or DK (depending who loses) will stop Newbee's journey.
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The game developer, the CIA, and the sculpture driving them crazy

mrharvest

4 years ago

"It had this huge metallic sphere on top, and when he turned it on it would make this huge noise and lightning bolts would come off it. It was - ugh - it just terrified me."
A particle accelerator? Really? Sorry, but that description is a tesla coil. That said, I've built a particle accelerator. In fact, most people have (or have had) several in their homes. A CRT TV is a particle accelerator.

Otherwise, very good article.
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The Story of DOTA

mrharvest

4 years ago

I watched a lot Dota before I dared to even try the game because is heard the community is bad. To my surprise, probably because I'd watched so much, I didn't suck too bad when I did start playing. The are occasional dicks, sure, but you can always mute them and enjoy the game.
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As Monster Hunter turns 10, can Capcom finally make the west listen?

mrharvest

4 years ago

The title of the article has a mistake. It should say:
"As Monster Hunter turns 10, can the west finally make Capcom listen?"

Then it could have the subheading:
"No."
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BMX bandits: The joy of Grand Theft Auto 5's bikes

mrharvest

5 years ago

Cycling downtown is where it's at. You can go up and over all sorts of impossible obstacles. One guy was chasing me in a car and I gave him a WTF moment by pedalling up a bridge support strut. I also enjoyed our version of cat and mouse where he was an overweight, lethargic cat in his super car and I was a Speedy Gonzales on meth with my Scorcher. You can hop over most railings and highway divider on a bicycle but try that in a car...
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See what Monster Hunter looks like on CryEngine 3

mrharvest

5 years ago

Fuck you Capcom, fuck you.
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3DS Monster Hunter 4 gets spring 2013 release date

mrharvest

6 years ago

The comment negging here is ridiculous. People just down vote comments because they disagree with the content.
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X-Wing Retrospective

mrharvest

6 years ago

@ubergine "How have we made it through an entire console generation without a single space-ship dogfighting game?"

There was Project Sylpheed on Xbox 360 and it was awesome - although /everyone else/ hated it. It was "too hard" and bizarre, apparently.
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Jenova Chen: Journeyman

mrharvest

6 years ago

Thank you Mr. Parkin. The best EG interview I've read.
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BioWare responds to Mass Effect 3 ending furore

mrharvest

6 years ago

I haven't even played the last two games and this seems like a cock move from the developers. What were they thinking?
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Who framed Roger Ebert?

mrharvest

6 years ago

Mr. Stanton should read some books on aesthetics. Maybe then things would make more sense.
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Garriott: what went wrong with Tabula Rasa

mrharvest

6 years ago

@Tuco Broken dialogue, unfinished story lines, stuff cut out. Sure, the pinnacle! Black Gate was non-linear, had a lot of NPCs, kept hinting at stuff you could do and most of it worked.

Serpent Isle relied on having to talk to the one right NPC by chance - which granted wasn't that bad since they had so few NPCs compared to previous games. Then as they ran out of dev time they cut out huge chunks of the game, resulting in a broken mess.

I thought this was pretty common knowledge.
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mrharvest

6 years ago

What's his excuse for Ultima VII: Serpent Isle, then? That was just as hideously unfinished as Ultima VIII was. And Ultima IX? That shit just wasn't kosher.
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Saturday Soapbox: Failure is Not an Option

mrharvest

7 years ago

Fallout: New Vegas did the consequences thing quite well for a modern game. You have to pick who you side with - you can't finish most missions. The only thing is that it's a bit jarring when a Quest Failed notice pops up for something you've never even started, but hey.
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Okabu

mrharvest

7 years ago

:-/
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Retrospective: Metroid Prime

mrharvest

7 years ago

"Its controls have been reworked for the Wii Remote/Nunchuk, so you should have no problem now.. If controls were the issue, then your problem solved."

I started with Metroid Prime 3. There was a boss fight early on, maybe the fourth?, against an impenetrably armoured boss. It had you hold down some buttons on the remote and flail the nunchuck. I tried about twenty times and gave up. Never got any further than that.
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Beyond Good & Evil 2 "needs power"

mrharvest

7 years ago

If Team ICO can manage to fit their game onto the current gen, if Bethesda can manage their huge free roaming epics, then what on earth do Ubi & Ancel plan to have in their game?

Bollocks, I say!
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PSP to get Monster Hunter spin-off

mrharvest

9 years ago

But Tri will come out on PSP one day in the future.

I actually thought this would be a DS game before it was announced. Well, either way I'm pleased.
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Flower dev doing third game for Sony

mrharvest

9 years ago

To put it another way, saying that people are stupid for their choice of game or gaming system is like saying that all tea drinkers are fools who can't see the superiority of coffee - it's blatantly untrue and just makes you look foolish.
What do you mean? All tea drinkers are fools who can't see the superiority of coffee! D:

I only partially agree to Chen's point about the language used to describe films vs. language used to describe games. However I dare you to find a review that describes Star Trek or Terminator 4 as 'magical, captivating' or a review of ICO that doesn't use those terms. It's just a question of relative exposure. There are proportionally more shooty games than shooty films but that doesn't mean that there aren't shooty films or non-shooty games.
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Rumour: PSP2 Features Quad Core Graphics Chip

mrharvest

9 years ago

Does it have the nub in the right place this time?
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Suda 51 collaborating with Square Enix

mrharvest

9 years ago

I can't imagine Suda 51 working with S-E. The two brands are such polar opposites.
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Monster Hunter Tri for August in Japan

mrharvest

9 years ago

drumbaby, there will be a MHP3 for PSP with 100% certainty. But it'll be long time coming. Western release 2011 earliest.
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Sony plans major Monster Hunter push

mrharvest

9 years ago

"One of the key demographics for PSP in Europe is the ten to 16 year old male - the ideal demographic for Monster Hunter Freedom Unite."
Of course the game is rated 12+ but who cares?
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Monster Hunter 3

mrharvest

10 years ago

I'm really looking forward to the increased ecosystem interactivity. It has been one of my most wanted new features in the series.
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Bionic Commando

mrharvest

10 years ago

Lost Planet but faster paced and a plot that makes sense?
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Prince of Persia

mrharvest

10 years ago

That preview fills me with dread.

'Assassin's Creed, for instance, fails because its freedom is too daunting for the casual user. "The really advanced players get great flow, but casual players jump, stop, look. Jump, fall, die, start over. They don't get the same flow and it sucks," he argues.'

It's like they are picking the exactly wrong end of the stick. Assassin's Creed failed because it was too restrictive for an open-world game: as a result the open area was nothing but a big empty decoration. Compared to, say Crackdown, there was nothing of worth in Assassin's Creed you could do with the world. You had just a few pre-planned routes to each boss fight and some simplistic mini-games you had to do before you could fight the bosses.

With this new PoP it sounds like the open-world sections are still just token features and the real meat of the game is in the linear corridors you have to traverse to get to the different areas. And probably to pad out the length of the game they'll make you backtrack each corridor repeatedly between sections.
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Far Cry 2

mrharvest

10 years ago

Hands down sounds like the most interesting FPS since Bioshock. But that turned out to be not quite what they promised, so I'm only mildly excited.
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PSP thumps competition in Japan

mrharvest

10 years ago

'I find it hard to fathom that one in every 1000 people bought a PSP last week! Surely some people must be on their 6th or 7th handheld by now?'

The MHP2ndG special edition Slim&Lite PSP looks very, very nice. To be honest I was tempted to import one despite its rather salty price tag.
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Jumpgate: Evolution

mrharvest

10 years ago

I guess spell-checking isn't a requirement in the "MMO channel".
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Beat The Pirates At Your Own Game

mrharvest

10 years ago

"although in this case sir you mean CRACKERS, and that should never be confused with Hackers."
Absolutely. They should never be confused. Hackers do hacks to make life better. Crackers break things for their own profit. And go nice with brie.

At least any self-respecting hacker would object to being called a cracker, even if he occasionally does some necessary cracking to make things better.
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mrharvest

10 years ago

"Sony won't let you download any PSP game you like and play it from Memory Stick. The pirates will."

Not pirates. Hackers. The two should never be confused. It's exactly what the media industries are trying to make you think.
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Back in Black

mrharvest

10 years ago

'why is that? If you pretend to know stuff at the very least explain yourself?'
Ooh, I know this one: it's because Sony has proven their knack at this with their previous two consoles. What do I win?

I'm actually vaguely optimistic about the overall state of gaming at the moment. We've got three great home consoles and two worthy handhelds, each with differing software catalogues. And PC gamers are happy in their caves.
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Grasshopper's Suda 51

mrharvest

10 years ago

I've only played the black clouds version so I can't compare, but if I didn't know there's a bloody version I wouldn't think it's missing anything. The black clouds suit the graphical style. It's cartoony to the extreme.
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No More Heroes

mrharvest

11 years ago

This looks shit. This looks fantastic. My copy was despatched last week.
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Sex

mrharvest

11 years ago

The article reads as pretty hastily written. It's essentially just a list, without much in the way of a conclusion.
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Not-art Ebert on Hitman film

mrharvest

11 years ago

I think interactive media can be just as easily art as non-interactive. After all, our response to a particular piece is always interactive: the author can not dictate how we will feel.

And comparing Hitman movie to Melville's seminal work is like shooting fish in a barrel with a thermonuclear warhead.

But I agree with Ebert that games aren't art yet, and I generally respect his opinions.
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Monster Hunter 3 for Wii

mrharvest

11 years ago

Bigshao, I'm not defending Wii's online capabilities. I just prefer to get the facts right. Imo the lack of infrastructure mode in the PSP versions was a huge omission, and I would have really liked to see MH3 on a console with good online support. :-|
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BioShock, Halo 3 not "next-gen"

mrharvest

11 years ago

First Molyneux and now Braben. Is this the official "Yesteryear Devs Spout Bollocks" -day?
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