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Trump administration increasingly bringing video games into school safety debate

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2 months ago

Iíve seen a good portion of the world, and as a UK expat living in the US (florida, as it happens), all I can say is there are some very, very strange people here.

Not to say all Americans are strange, but the strange ones are a lot stranger than youíll find in any other Ďcivilizedí country. And of course the politics here is utter bullshit. Anyone who though religion was a tool of the olden days to manipulate people should come live over here for a while.

I donít think the problem is necessarily guns (lots of places have them, and thereís more than one way to cause harm...theyíre just easier and pack a bigger wallop) and itís not definitely not games, itís institutional insanity, and the source is ignorance and fearmongering and a total inability for some people to just bloody stop and enjoy life for what it is. Always with the accusations and the narrowed eyes and bullish bullshit monologues.

That said, I should also say that I love it here. Stay clear of the crazies, itís a real nice place.
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Into the Breach review - tactical greatness in glorious miniature

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2 months ago

All Walls Must Fall, and now this - strategy heaven!
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All Walls Must Fall review - the tactics genre gets a quirky new treat

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2 months ago

A review that describes a craving a didnít realize I had. Iím going to have to try this.
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Camelot Unchained finally gets a beta date

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2 months ago

@Number1Laing maybe when we retire :)
(Which probably means never :P)
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Ultima spiritual successor Shroud of the Avatar finally has a release date

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2 months ago

@Titler holy smoke. Depressingly, that all sounds so mental itís all too believable.

If Garriottís developed a cravin for crypto currencies, iíd pay strong attention to your cpu and GPU overhead while playing the game. NothIng that looks like itís from 2001 should be using more than a fraction of your resources...
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2 months ago

Yeah. UO was the mould nobody has ever managed to copy.

This looks bloody awful. Iíd have been totally happy with another UO; what have they been doing for four years? And the stuff in their store costs HOW MUCH??
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Lost Sphear review

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3 months ago

NullReferenceException
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Jelly Deals: Save £155 on a Intel Core i7-7700K processor

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3 months ago

They could be giving this away and youíll still lose money after buying a new GPU and RAM :p
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PlayStation 4 hacked: pirate software available, more PS2 titles running

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3 months ago

The bigger concern for me is what hacks like this can mean for multiplayer games. While Ďthe market at largeí is largely unaffected - this will only appeal to a tiny number of owners - console games are largely insulated from multiplayer hacks and exploits because of the closed nature of the hardware. All it takes though is a few hacked boxes running exploits in a game to ruin things for everyone playing. Devs donít expect it, so arenít typically looking for them.

Iím sure iím worrying over nothing.
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Why the people behind crowdfunded Camelot Unchained won't sell spaceships or castles

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3 months ago

Admirable stance, I hope he can pull it off. 2m doesnít go very far with a crew of 30, the extra investment will buy then much needed time, but I imagine even that was a very bitter pill to swallow. He wonít get any of his money back until they do. Fingers crossed for them.
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Unity's latest interactive demo is an impressive technical showcase

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3 months ago

Havenít watched the video, and probably will be too busy fixing Unity bugs to ďplayĒ it when they release a download.

Which says it all for me and mine.

Donít get me wrong, itís great that theyíre trying... iíve been saying for years that Epicís edge is that they actually make games with their Engine. But even so, this is a glory hole and little more. A lot of what is in that demo wonít make it into the tools, and those bits that do... well, letís just say a *lot* of stuff in unity doesnít work properly as is. Bring a lot of patience and determination.
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Star Citizen, I am disappointed

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3 months ago

I remember getting Elite. That beautiful black rectangle of dreams. First thing I did when I took the lid off was stick my face in the box and breathed in that unmistakable new box smell.

You can only get that on day 1. I probably still have that box in the attic and iím pretty sure it smells of mold now.

SCís new box smell (even if only virtual) is getting a bit stale now, too.

And it still isnít half the *game* that copy of Elite was.
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Streamer goes viral after broadcasting UFC pay-per-view while pretending to play UFC video game

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5 months ago

That is so good, I hope they give him a pass. Go on, renew my faith in humanity :)
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Star Citizen is selling virtual plots of land for up to £96 a pop

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5 months ago

@the_ewan fair point. And hopefully loot boxes will be regulated by the time SC comes out. When a publisher gets a nose for easy money...well, EA case in point, and SC clearly has a heavy need for cash. That wonít end when they go Gold.
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5 months ago

@the_ewan "absolutely no-one can possibly be in any doubt about what the proposition is"

If you mean the "we're just making this shit up as we go along, and expect fools to keep paying us to do it ad infinitum", then no, I don't think that's more honest than BF2, Destiny 2.

It's snake oil for the 21st century. Give us money, we'll make you happy*.

*Happiness before you die a natural death is not guaranteed.
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5 months ago

Also, I'm bloody glad I'm not working for Cloud Imperium. Can you imagine spending a good part of your career stuck on a project like this?

Job interview at 50 years old: "What games have you worked on recently?"

"Star Citizen!"

"What _released_ games have you worked on recently?"

"Star Citizen Alpha 142.3.19?"
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5 months ago

Iíd just turned 40 when this game came out of Kickstarter. Iíll be 50 by the time I can plant my beacon.

Oh wait. No I wonít ó because iím not a gullible idiot.
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Mother defends 14-year-old son sued by Epic over Fortnite cheat video

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5 months ago

I dunno, itís hardly worth ruining someoneís life over - all that will come out of this is a bunch of lawyers will make a ton of money and everyone else will be exhausted angry and bitter.
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How Final Fantasy's biggest failure changed the series for the better

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5 months ago

@Umang yeah, it was just 500k when i started playing. Iím not too surprised itís grown, but i wouldnít have believed another mmo (much less something as old-school, which it is mechanically) could get this big.

Two things: great community, and they havenít tried to shill the game with microtransactions. Heck, there is a store and you can buy stuff, but itís so off the radar it may as well not be there for 99% of players.

Also, cross-play done right.
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Are loot boxes gambling?

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6 months ago

@the_ewan You make an excellent point. I hope whoever gets to argue this in front of a committee sees the same thing. A redundant reward is no reward.
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Horizon Zero Dawn gets a new easy mode option today

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8 months ago

I enjoyed it, but my wife won't touch anything without a super-easy mode. I have absolutely no problem with getting additional side-value from her having a go at last.

That said ... nothing peeves me like watching her stroll through a game and spoil it _before_ I've had a chance to play it myself...
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First look at Atari's new console

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9 months ago

Old farts trying to stay relative in the new age.

Speaking as an old fart who's at least smart enough not to cling to the past.

Retro has value but it's not the box that counts. Everyone has enough of those already.
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Ultra rare Mega Drive game goes for £3380 on eBay

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10 months ago

Make sure you get him to write a full review!
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Tokyo 42 and the unkillable charm of isometric gaming

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1 year ago

Played this at GDC, it was quite fun but controls were a bit of a handful - never helped when someone is trying to explain how to play (I find it more fruitful to just feel it out myself). The world size is impressive - so much so they had loading problems - but the isometric can be frustrating sometimes as it's a world of jumps and drops and gaps and levels, and the lack of perspective means you'll fall a lot. Which is ok as there are no penalties, but I played for 20 mins not 20 hours so might be worse, or I might just get better.

Cute game tho.
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John Wick, Gateway, and my love for a good video game hub

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1 year ago

@pauleyc There was a Gateway 2 game also, though I never played it.

Gateway is a fantastic novel, a true master classic - great to see it mentioned and credited.
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Why Nintendo Switch games are ending up more expensive

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1 year ago

This old gem. I remember Nintendo requiring publishers to buy carts in advance. They've always had a shitty business model for 3rd parties, sad to see they're still behind the times like this. It won't end well.
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Ghost Recon Wildlands feels remarkably tame

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1 year ago

I sat through a pretty interesting presentation on the making of the environments (they're all procedurally generated /populated). It was technically impressive but it has left me wondering what that means for gameplay - as in automation vs hand-crafted environments in a tactical game, where you want interesting and deliberate choices in battlefield layout. Looks great but looking forward to a full review to say if it's more than skin deep.
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The new Star Wars: The Old Republic story expansion is betrayed by the MMO underneath

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1 year ago

The game is sadly devoid of any enjoyment as an MMO. You can enjoy going through it if you've never played it before but it's not an MMO anymore.

They should take their writing talent and just make another KOTOR. With today's tech they could do something really special. Even better, do a Skyrim with it. MMOs are pretty lackluster these days anyway...single player RPGs with mod support have a much better shelf life imo.
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EverQuest inventor's new RPG Hero's Song on Steam Early Access

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1 year ago

@Simbosan yep. Anyone playing EQ back in the day will remember Smedley as the object of everyone's ire in the forums. he inherited one of the premier MMORPGs from the history of MMOs and spoiled it. Not convinced.
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GAME charges people to try PlayStation VR in its shops

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2 years ago

@BlackFlower
Do we really need sarcasm tags?
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2 years ago

I don't know what surprised me the most when I read this:

That GAME are charging £15 to sit through 30 minutes of someone telling you what you're doing wrong, or that GAME employees earn £30 quid/hour.

I mean, they are getting paid that, right? Right?

Not just greedy, but happy to visibly fuck over their employees too.
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Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer is stunningly beautiful, stunningly short

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2 years ago

They couldn't have timed this better. Westworld is going to leave people (like me!) craving for more Western themed food. And this looks like an absolute fucking feast.

Can. Not. Wait.
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Report: Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey secretly funded pro-Trump meme website

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2 years ago

So Lucky supports the one candidate who is guaranteed to increase prices (you think the Rift is expensive now? Hah), stand in the way of progress (climate change is a hoax), and make the world a less safe place. His choice, but I'd be more comfortable if he cast his opinion as a vote rather than try to twist public opinion.

Nobody likes Hillary or trusts her, but at least she's not a hand grenade with it's pin hanging out.
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Rapture leaked: The true story behind the making of BioShock

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2 years ago

Great write-up. It's hard not to envision yourself in their shoes as they regale their experiences.

The one thing that sticks with me though, is that EA really are dicks.
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World of Warcraft: Legion has some elaborate secrets

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2 years ago

Epic. Blizzard still have the power to draw out those adventure hungerings (forgive me).

Almost makes me want to resub. Must find a distraction, quick...
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After 13 years, Eve Online will become free to play

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2 years ago

Eve's skill system is it's Achilles Heel to new players. After 13 years, long-time players (never mind day 1 players) will always trump newcomers. I wouldn't go back, and I have 3 years headstart if I pick up where I left off.

But they can't take that away without destroying the game. Doesn't stop people trading characters for upwards of $1k (Plex), but that in itself gives an idea of the real cost of playing competitively.
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Watchdog investigates Future merger with Imagine

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2 years ago

It would be pretty sad if your mag of choice vanished because of a merger, but not as sad if it just vanished because they can't afford to run it anymore.

What's competition in a dwindling market?

I bought every Edge (and GamesTM when it came out) for many many years. Then I stopped buying paper mags completely. I may have bought an issue of Viz a few years back, but that wasn't a shadow of it's former self either :/
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Konami tries to explain Metal Gear Survive's ridiculous story

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2 years ago

Richard Jones sounding a lot like Donald Trump in this writeup...

"There'll be stealth in it. There'll be loads of stealth in it. And it'll be great. And we're going to have co-op. And new weapons. Seriously, it's going to be incredible! It's going to be the best Metal Gear game ever. And you're a soldier".

Perhaps the wormhole is real.
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HTC Vive price hike for UK - blame Brexit

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2 years ago

@Rivuzu there's a retail exchange index that is separate to the current actual exchange rates. PayPal use it (or one of them) too. Try sending money to the US and they'll give you something like 1.22 gbp to usd.

Use a service like TransferWise and you'll get 1.32 on the same day (actual example from last time I sent cash a couple weeks ago).

Swindles everywhere.
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Nintendo NX is a portable console with detachable controllers

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2 years ago

Something tells me Nintendo shares are about to tank again. Catch em when you can! (If you're brave and devoted)
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The classic 8-bit isometric games that tried to break the mould

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2 years ago

I talk about all of these games all the time at work - people must think I have some nostalgia sickness.

Glad to see I'm not alone :)

I still sigh when reminded of yet another that had slipped my mind. Just remembered a couple more by Denton Designs - Shadowfire (preceded The Great Escape) and Where Time Stood Still.

Gaming history is so warm and fuzzy; love it.
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Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis' cancelled sequel detailed

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2 years ago

Sad++ :(
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3000 McDonald's to become sponsored Pokťmon Go gyms - in Japan

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2 years ago

McDonalds and gym. There's two words I never thought I'd see together.
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Elite Dangerous players accuse Frontier of "god modding"

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2 years ago

Spend all day mining ore in a cave.

Guy on a horse walks in.

Says "Vas Rel Por"

Gate opens. Gargoyles and hell hounds come stomping out of it, proceed to turn all the miners into ghosts.

Emergent gameplay. Brilliant fun, but the majority complains about it.

- Ultima Online

(In this case, it was allowed to continue)
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Highest-earning game on Patreon cancelled amidst developer squabble

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2 years ago

@just4socom long enough to have made $280k + costs without ever being heard of by the mainstream. The mind boggles...there really is a market for *anything*
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A retro row: lawsuits and resignations threaten the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega

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2 years ago

Another Indie-No-Go...
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Warner Bros. "misled" with paid-for positive Shadow of Mordor videos

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2 years ago

Warner Bros in shady dealings, say it it ain't so!

What's saddest of all is that they didn't have confidence that Shadow of Mordor - an awesome game - couldn't garner great reviews on it's own merits.

Shows how little these people understand video games. Or look at them for themselves.
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Richard Garriott selling vials of his blood on eBay

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2 years ago

Kind of pathetic that they're only donating 10% to charity. Capitalizing on the needs of others much?

Even the (shit) cloaks are only 50% to charity. Cheap fuckers, all they are is a shitty texture.

I used to look up to Garriot and Starr. Now I can see that they're just a pair of unnecessary cunts.
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2 years ago

jesus man, if you want to get rid of some blood do some good with it and go to a blood bank.

What a dick pr stunt
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Lord of the Rings Online developer Turbine hit with more layoffs

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2 years ago

One of the leading MMO developers reduced to making freemium mobile phone games. Don't ask what big publishers can do for you: Ask what they will end up doing to you.
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