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Kerbal Space Program Early Access review

sirtacos

4 years ago

One of my favourite games ever. Challenging, enormous in scope, and immensely rewarding.
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I do care for a next-gen medieval RPG with no fantasy

sirtacos

4 years ago

I've been waiting for something like this: a blend of Chivalry Medieval Warfare, Mount & Blade, and The Witcher.

WANT!

Also +1 to Dan1382's comment about supernatural elements being integrated in a non-fantasy fashion.
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The big interview: Microsoft Studio's Phil Spencer discusses Xbox One

sirtacos

5 years ago

Few things make me happier than snarky comment sections, cynical bandwagoning and consumer backlashes.
That may sound sarcastic, but I really am schadenfreuding all over the place right now.
Next to the Arab Spring, it's stuff like this that totally vindicates/redeems Twitter for me.
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Poland and Portugal not supported at Xbox One launch, importing near ruled out

sirtacos

5 years ago

I'd feel outraged by all this, but the comedic value of this clusterfark far outweighs any satisfaction I would have gleaned from a proper new Xbox. Keep the laughs coming, MS!
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Is it a vase? Is it a bin? No it's the new Mac Pro

sirtacos

5 years ago

It looks quite cool with its kit off. Reminds me of a spaceship component thingy, or a bomb.

I find the design striking. Otherwise, meh. I have to say meh because I don't particularly care, and also because I'm too poor to afford one.
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Microsoft kills game ownership and expects us to smile

sirtacos

5 years ago

@Bucser MS have already broken EU (and US) laws by selling bundled software. As far as I remember, they were taken to court over it, but nothing really happened. This may go down the same way. I'm certain that it wouldn't stop MS from selling their console in Europe.
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sirtacos

5 years ago

Some of the commenters defending Microsoft argue that MS don't have a choice and that their hand is being forced by scurvy pirates. We the consumers, they say, are at fault. We are ruining the videogame industry. Because of us, developers are going under left & right.

What the MS apologists (a loaded term, but it applies) forget to mention is that correlation does not imply causation. Yes, some developers have been shutting down... but where is the evidence that piracy is at fault?
Do they know how hard it is to actually demonstrate that any given publisher's poor performance is due to piracy? It's almost impossible. All we have is conjecture and spin.

I don't begrudge Microsoft this new move to control the used games industry. They're a corporation and as such we should expect them to protect their interests. What I do resent is people's willingness to swallow the crap they're being fed.

I don't deny that piracy is harmful, but how harmful is it, exactly? No one can tell you with any certainty. Taking game ownership away from us and forcing us to connect every 24 hrs is not a proportional response to a vague and largely unsubstantiated threat.
As consumers, it behooves us to protect our rights. No one else will do it for us. Instead, I find people practically chanting the mantra

"YOU WOULDN'T STEAL A CAR..."
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"The next generation is going to be, possibly for the very first time, the next generation of game design"

sirtacos

5 years ago

Adrian makes some good points. Points some of the commenters utterly misinterpreted.
He's not raging against video game violence, nor is he 'finger-wagging' with his 'political correctness gone mad'.

He just wants video game violence (or whatever core mechanic the game chooses) to MAKE SENSE, instead of being a contrived device that jarringly conflicts with the game's loftier ambitions. This cognitive dissonance is apparent in high-concept games like Bioshock, or high production value games like Uncharted.

In Uncharted, it makes sense that Drake would get into a few fights and kill a few foes. But that's not what the game does. The game throws endless wave after wave of cannon fodder at you. It's not one of the game's strong points. The mass murder is there simply because Naughty Dog doesn't know of any better way to distract you (in between the climbing/exploring). It's a game, so you gotta shoot someone in the face, right? The developers are following convention, and it's a bit awkward.

It's the same with Bioshock Infinite - the shooty bang bang feels like a placeholder. It seems like a concession of sorts. The narrative element made the great leap forward, but the gameplay was left behind.

Adrian suggests that we critically examine games, in order to better integrate concept and gameplay without compromising on either. In fact, he seems to be saying that, ideally, they shouldn't be separate things in the first place. I think that's a good goal to strive for.
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Shining a light on CCP's World of Darkness

sirtacos

5 years ago

WHAT'S THIS!? A Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines sequel (kinda) !!??!
No? No.
....oh, it's an MMO?
My balloon of excitement has deflated
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Why publishers refuse games such as Remember Me because of their female protagonists

sirtacos

5 years ago

Sad state of affairs. Certainly shows that AAA gaming has some maturing to do. Thank god for Kickstarter and indie developers.
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SimCity launch debacle: EA admits it was "dumb", says sorry with a free game

sirtacos

5 years ago

Their PR needs some work. It's not quite condescending enough.

I think they should send someone to tweak my cheek, ruffle my hair and playfully punch me in the arm.

Fuck off, EA.
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The Witcher 3: no QTEs, a 50-hour quest, no XP for killing, only for quests

sirtacos

5 years ago

I AM EXCITE!
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Witcher 3 dev says Skyrim's story and quests were "generic"

sirtacos

5 years ago

I'd be ecstatic if CD Projekt took some cues from Fallout: New Vegas. That calibre of open-world exploration + atmosphere, combined with Projekt's more refined skillsets (characterisation, plot progression, branching choices) = as close to a perfect RPG as I can imagine.*

*without bringing Planescape Torment into it
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Spaceteam review

sirtacos

5 years ago

Evasive Maneuvers

"TAKE"

Best button ever.
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Sony patents tech to block second-hand games

sirtacos

5 years ago

What manner of greedy cunts dreamed this up? Worst thing is; the idea itself is quite innovative... despite being an abomination, of course.
Good luck getting this shit to pass legal muster though. Especially in Europe, where consumers still have some rights.
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Irrational Games hires cosplayer to portray BioShock Infinite's Elizabeth on boxart, in ads

sirtacos

5 years ago

I'd totally sexism all over her.
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Chivalry: Medieval Warfare review

sirtacos

5 years ago

Love this game. "Monty Python" describes it to a tee.
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Far Cry 3 review

sirtacos

5 years ago

"Fans of open-ended stealth are in some kind of heaven here"

This game wasn't even on my radar before, but now... HOLYSHITday1
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Hotline Miami review

sirtacos

6 years ago

Who you gonna call
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Borderlands 2: Captain Scarlett and her Pirate's Booty review

sirtacos

6 years ago

Quality DLC released in an appropriate timeframe?
Other developers should learn from this.
Bioware comes to mind. Probably because the (good) ME2 & ME3 DLC came out so late I no longer cared.
This is good timing, despite my being 56 hours in and nowhere close to the finish line.
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Lost Humanity 17: Dishonour

sirtacos

6 years ago

Laughed out loud more than once. Well done.
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Star Trek Preview: "It's like someone spliced Metroid Prime into my Uncharted"

sirtacos

6 years ago

Don't care much for Star Trek in general, but I would consider buying a Star Trek RPG. With dialogue trees.
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Obsidian's new RPG likely a Kickstarter project

sirtacos

6 years ago

EXCITING!!!!!

I will pledge many pounds for this to happen, if that's what it takes.
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EA's Gibeau: "I have not green lit one game to be developed as a single-player experience"

sirtacos

6 years ago

Urgh. It's like corporate execs are reading buzzwords from a flowchart and vomiting them onto creative projects.
"Interactivity! Connectivity! Synergistic online global village paradigm!"

Do people want a good single-player experience? Nah. What they want is CONNECTIVITY! VERTICAL INTEGRATION OF POOP MICROTRANSACTIONS! etc
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Beat Sneak Bandit dev announces freaky first-person adventure Year Walk

sirtacos

6 years ago

Looks beautiful.
Keeping an eye on this now
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Saturday Soapbox: The Feelbad Factor

sirtacos

6 years ago

Planescape Torment evokes all kinds of emotions if you can invest yourself in a bit of interactive storytelling. (Obviously not the sole example, but the only one that springs to mind atm.)

But most AAA games have lacked the refinement/polish to integrate complex emotions on a basic (gameplay) level, it's true.
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Planescape: Torment: a podcast post-mortem with the game's makers

sirtacos

6 years ago

Best game evar
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EA pulls Medal of Honor tomahawk promotion

sirtacos

6 years ago

His arse-covering seems to be missing the point entirely. Probably on purpose; no one is that oblivious.

The Porsche analogy is BS. A car's primary function is not comparable to that of a firearm. Need For Speed does not revolve around wasting people in thinly veiled existing conflict zones.

No one's arguing that special edition tomahawks will be used to cleave heads or
that the special edition extended mags will be used in the next Columbine.

How can someone fail to notice the crassness of linking virtual fantasy violence to businesses that are involved in, and profit from, real conflict? How can a business/promo partnership with a fucking arms dealer not be seen as a little unsettling? Who'd have thought that the "It's for charity" argument would lose its socially-conscious luster when associated with war profiteering?

I'm not descending into Daily Fail "THINK OF THE CHILDREN"-type histrionics here. I know EA isn't giving away Heckler & Koch gun attachments with every pre-order, with "BOOM - HEADSHOT" plastered on the barrel. Still...

The mere association between EA and McMillan (among others) could be seen as comically misjudged- like Shell's "Let's Go" advertising gaffe- if it weren't so creepy.
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The Medal of Honor Tomahawk

sirtacos

6 years ago

Twatty fucking gun fetishists.

Only people who've never seen real armed conflict and felt its consequences can be so brazenly retarded about it.

One of my best friends saw real guns do what they're meant to. He survived political cleansing in the late 80s in the horn of Africa. Armed forces came to his school with a list, rounded up the kids and the staff, and shot the ones who were unlucky enough to belong to the wrong family.
First person shooters - esp. military-themed ones - disgust him.

Makes me a bit ashamed to bust virtual caps with unabashed glee.

To have EA partner up with actual arms manufacturers, however, is just fucking surreal.

Nice article.
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Arma 2: Army of the Czech Republic DLC rolls out today

sirtacos

6 years ago

Not worth Czeching out, then /coat
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Irrational Games job ad lists 85+ Metacritic score as a requirement

sirtacos

6 years ago

Seems fucking stupid.
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Lost Humanity 5: Being THEM

sirtacos

6 years ago

Alex does have a point. Take a few steps back and videogames become hamster wheels. You click boxes and press buttons until you're rewarded with a cutscene, some new shiny thing, and more levels to click boxes and press buttons in.
Ultimately, enjoyment is fleeting and satisfaction eludes you. You always need more XP. The princess is always in another castle. It's like some depressingly nihilistic microcosm of life.

Nevertheless, pretty much anything can be reduced to such an absurd and frankly depressing level.

I get more from videogames/movies/books/a walk in the park (it's just putting one foot in front of the other ad nauseam, what's the pointlol) than their apparent meaninglessness would allow.

I do feel sad for people like Alex - not because they don't like videogames, but because they don't seem to enjoy anything specifically. They live sterile, passionless lives steeped in oblivious mediocrity.

TBF though I don't think many people actually do live like that. Even "nowhere blokes" can't have such a dreary inner world, surely. It's just the impression we get (we, the people who think ourselves better than "THEM")... it's easier to simplify, categorise and create fictions (like the 'nowhere bloke') than it is to accept different realities.
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EA joins coalition opposing the Defense of Marriage Act

sirtacos

6 years ago

Begrudging kudos to the evil corporation with a social conscience ;)

Incidentally, the "it's bad for business" stance - while less laudable than the more obvious "it's just shit" moral stance - is probably more effective. Appealing to people's business interests is usually a good idea. If you want your campaign to gain traction, that is.
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Mass Effect 3: Leviathan DLC confirmed by voice actor

sirtacos

6 years ago

I'd love to see episodic DLC* that has nothing to do with Shepard.
The ME universe is certainly rich enough to allow for it. It wouldn't have to be a linear narrative either: they could structure the DLC as self-contained stories, letting you play as a Krogan in one episode, a Hanar in another (preferably not a Hanar though), or a Drell assassin...

Or they could pull a KotOR and set it way back in the past - during the Krogan rebellions, the 1st Contact (human-Turian) War or what have you.

(*Something along the lines of the Half Life episodes, or the Walking Dead games.)

I AM EXCITE just thinking about it. Too bad it won't happen.
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EU rules publishers cannot stop you reselling your downloaded games

sirtacos

6 years ago

I don't understand the ramifications of this with regards to downloadable products (could it mean more complex DRM in the future?), but regardless of whether or not it makes a tangible difference in the digital arena, it does set a strong precedent for the protection of the consumer's basic right of resale.

...a right which game publishers have been trying to erode. Destroying the European second-hand market for games (and other software) is going to be much more difficult now. Hopefully.
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Error 37: The future of always-online

sirtacos

6 years ago

Protecting players from multiplayer hacking is a poor excuse.
Crippling what is, at the core, a single-player game in order to improve its multiplayer component makes no sense.

It only makes sense as a draconian anti-piracy measure. As such, it only benefits developers, just as the Origin requirement for EA games only benefits EA.

Always-on should remain strictly the domain of MMOs.

At least until the mesosphere has been draped in a magical high-speed wi-fi cloud and developers have Death Star-sized servers.
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Steam-style Origin sale offers up to 87% discount

sirtacos

6 years ago

Bahahahaha
sorry, let me just catch my
hahahahaha
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Saturday Soapbox: In Games We Trust?

sirtacos

6 years ago

Planescape Torment.

That it my answer to any doubts raised concerning the validity of gaming's potential for rich storytelling/character-building.*

Sure, it's nothing like The Wire, it takes place in a fantasy setting, it was made over a decade ago, and it doesn't tackle pressing social issues.

And sure, contemporary games (AAA ones at least) routinely fumble with attempts at achieving any level of 'maturity'.

*on second thought, no one was saying otherwise and my argument seems a bit irrelevant.

...wait...What was my point? Shit.
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Warren Spector: "The ultraviolence has to stop"

sirtacos

6 years ago

I think ultraviolence has its place in games.

What I'd like to see more of, however, is choice: the violence shouldn't necessarily be forced upon you, but given to you as a possible option. It is up to the players to bear responsibility for their actions and question why they - say - beat a guard to death with a pipe instead of sneaking past him, knocking him out or convincing him that his flat is on fire and he should go save his cats *right now*...

Obviously you're not going to be able to do this in CoD, but the point is that games should use their unique strength - freedom of choice, or player agency - to make players reflect on their actions and feel the consequences.

Basically what I'm advocating is an approach where players are less divorced from what they're doing on-screen.

The idea isn't new; it already exists in many RPGs, the MGS series, etc.
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Tomb Raider studio addresses Lara controversy

sirtacos

6 years ago

Not exactly sure where the outrage is coming from, other than misplaced chivalry, or a desire to protect the gaming industry from another Hot Coffee style banathon...?

It's really not that big of a deal. It could have been announced with more tact, but that's it.
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10-year-long Civilisation 2 game offers grim outlook for mankind

sirtacos

6 years ago

Great article, EG.

The one advantage about recent Civs not being as 'good' as the old ones is thast my computer is shit.
Time to give Civ 2 & Alpha Centauri a go
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EA: Origin won't copy Steam 75% off sales

sirtacos

6 years ago

Misguided POV, IMO. People do the 'wait until it's cheaper thing' anyway, online and off.
Plus, it's already been noted, but discounts can improve sales for older/less popular titles etc.

Origin could have chosen a better bone to pick to differentiate* themselves from Steam.. the 'cheapening IP' one is tenuous at best.

It's bollocks, actually.

(*aside from being much worse.)
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Sleeping Dogs Preview: United Front's Open World Game Isn't What You'd Expect

sirtacos

6 years ago

Excited about this game. Despite just having learned of its existence.
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CD Projekt announces Cyberpunk

sirtacos

6 years ago

CDP seem to have genuine enthusiasm/passion for their work. With the finished products' quality to back it up. I can't think of any other AAA dev that gives me that impression.
In other words, woot
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Diablo 3 struck by Error 37 woe again

sirtacos

6 years ago

'Always on' internet gaming can fuck right off, seriously.
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Witcher 2 dev to reveal first details on "second triple-A RPG" tomorrow

sirtacos

6 years ago

This makes me happy. CDP are my new favourite developers.

Them + cyberpunk/sci-fi/spy* RPG = guaranteed win.

(*like Alpha Protocol, but with Polish)
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Star Wars: The Old Republic lay-offs confirmed

sirtacos

6 years ago

Stars Wars? Typo in the article title
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War of the Roses Preview: A Stab At Something Different

sirtacos

6 years ago

Sounds good!

Now make this with samurai.
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Hitman Sniper Challenge: Premeditated Murder

sirtacos

6 years ago

Whitehead is right: why not offer it for free? As a demo, I'm sure it would be a boon for sale figures, getting the word out, increasing buzz and encouraging pre-orders.
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Retrospective: Jade Empire

sirtacos

6 years ago

Loved this game, though it took me a while to get drawn into it. Some of the evil (closed fist) options were excellent.
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