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Far Cry's villains are sick of Far Cry

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2 months ago

I haven't played Far Cries but generally speaking, if the only way to progress in a game is to shoot stuff, it fails to have any credibility trying to provide critique on it. If the BBEG points out my murderous ways and maybe tries to prove we're both the same, my response tends to be a sneer and a fourth-wall breaking comment of, this is how the game progresses, you can't blame me for any single thing you're forcing me to do; in case you're bitter have a chat with the producers.
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DF Retro: PowerSlave/ Exhumed - the brilliant legacy of Lobotomy Software

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4 months ago

Yeah I like Iron Maiden too.
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In praise of video game castles

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4 months ago

No mention of ICO? Shame. SHAAAME!
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Is this our next great dystopia?

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6 months ago

Oh, of course there'll be war. Firstly there will be the griefers, for whom it will be a hobby. Then the people who say, because the game allows war it MUST be used. Thirdly, people migrating from PvP background will see it as sole means to make the game viable. And then the people who think a game is worth it only if they can dominate it. So there will be war, and there will be a bunch of people who view it as the most critically important aspect of the game.
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Steam now explains why a game has been recommended to you

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1 year ago

I don't really trust (and consequently care) about Steam's recommendations as it clearly doesn't know what it is doing. It is recommending to me CS:GO and similar games because of a puzzle platformer on my wishlist. It also takes owning a game as endorsement and looks for matches on that basis, even if you might not like said game. Further, it tracks your game clicks so even visiting a game page (and deciding the game is shit) is read as "interest" and it shifts your recommendations appropriately.
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Civilization 6 gets premium Poland DLC

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1 year ago

I'll do like I did with CI-V, get the DLC for peanuts (less than a euro apiece) when they go up for sale. And Celts would be nice. Though they were a culture, not a people; the various celtic groups are genetically distinct.
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We've added a new article recommendation system to Eurogamer

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1 year ago

Interesting, but in the middle of an article? There are websites out there that do this (and this idea probably originates from their design school), and as regular reader of such sites I can tell you that those links prompty get ignored by me precisely because they are in the middle of an article. Ok, so maybe the attention span-starved millennials click on them out of Pavlovian clickbait reflex, but I'm of the generation that still tends to read through whole article without interruption.

Well, in worst case I can just hide them. Its not rocket science to write some CSS for the Stylish extension to hide a page element.

.mormont-recommendations {
display: none!important;
}
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Civilization 6's first update tackles wonky AI

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2 years ago

because you are wiping out a civilization
Hardly! They merely have been abstracted away from the game. All my citizens are treated fairly and equally, no matter what kind of savages they might have been in past life. Why, just look at the latest city I conquered from Egypt, can you see anyone being labelled and pigeonholded as Egyptian? I think not!

(CiVI does not simulate civilizations, but nations.)
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Bethesda's anti-consumer review policy comes as no surprise

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2 years ago

I haven't done preorders in ages, for reasons already discussed here many times over, and I obviously don't trust these "influencers" either as impartial sources of information. Looks like I'll also need to stop doing day one purchases from companies like Bethesda because this policy of theirs makes it just as uninformed buy as a preorder.
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Naff Ghostbusters game was made in only eight months - report

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2 years ago

Trivia: the very first Ghostbusters game, based on the original movie, was also by Activision. That one was actually a pretty decent game for its time (the eighties) though even back then most license games were terrible.
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The weirdest Pokéstops in Pokémon Go

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2 years ago

@7M7 Not really surprising. Cemeteries tend to have many unique-looking statues and memorials, which is an approved portal type in Ingress. This would have turned cemeteries - provided players have been submitting portals - into Ingress activity hotspots, and followed into pokemon when Niantic hoisted the portal database into it.
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2 years ago

I play Ingress and yeah, it doesn't take much effort to find portals with weird or funky names or descriptions. Niantic, it seems, haven't really cared very much what people have written when they've been approving new portals. And even less so when the text hasn't been in english (Ingress is played globally).
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Omega Force's next Warriors game is based on Berserk

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2 years ago

Sword of the Berserk certainly came out in EU since I played through it... I still remember the great soundtrack and the Zodd fight. "I'm looking for warriors!"
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What would you uninvent about modern games?

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2 years ago

The unholy trinity of DLC, Microtransactions and Pre-orders.
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Uncovered: Final Fantasy 15 live report

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2 years ago

Sleep is for the weak!
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Xbox 360 at 10: Major Nelson, voice of a generation

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3 years ago

As someone who hasn't owned an xbox product either, my reaction nearly would be a "the who, now?" but it does seem to ring a bell, about some thing where this guy was either misinformed or lied to journos about something Microsoft-related. Maybe. Can't be bothered to google it.
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Is Hardware: Rivals the new Rocket League?

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3 years ago

Betteridge's law of headlines: Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.
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Silent Hills would have been even better than we thought

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3 years ago

Junji Ito? Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeittttt!

GASHUNK GASHUNK GASHUNK GASHUNK!
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Alexis Kennedy on: The Labyrinth

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3 years ago

The most faaabulous goblin king of all time. Pretenders from the Misty Mountains need not apply.
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Tales of Symphonia HD coming to PC next year

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3 years ago

Nice, now bring me Vesperia.
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Cities: Skylines soars past 1m sales mark

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3 years ago

EuroGamer does not recommend you to buy this game.
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What it's like playing as Hitler in Hearts of Iron 4

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3 years ago

Thank God for the pause button.
One of the most important buttons in Paradox grand strategy games. I easily spend a third of my game time in CK2 and EU4 on pause, planning and plotting, comparing army sizes, checking relations between actors (nobility in CK, countries in EU), and realm management.

And unless your war is a cakewalk show of superior firepower, you'll pause and plan a lot during it too. Even if your opponent is larger, you can still win by carefully maneuvering into local superiority and tear their force apart before the doomstack down south can come back to assist.

So yeah, looking forwards to HoI4 as well.
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The revival of Suikoden 2

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3 years ago

Ooh Suikoden. One of my very favourites of the early PS era. Too bad we'll never have more. (Or, considering they'll never be able to get the team back together, a good thing?)
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Elder Scrolls Online gets console release date, drops subscription

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3 years ago

Seventeen months ago, as of this date, I said "F2P in 18 months" so if we count to the announcement I missed by one month, if to the actual transition I missed by four.
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I'm not a robot: Valve adds Captcha security to Steam Trading

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3 years ago

@paulf That depends, actually. If you have let Google to track you and collect enough identifying information on you, there's just a click. People like me who surf with adblock and ghostery and have their cookies crumble on closing the browser will always see the text prompt.
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The next Ace Attorney game features Sherlock Holmes

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4 years ago

btw, the family lost the rights to the sherlock Holmes name last year due to the age of the book.
Actually, most of Sherlock stories have been in public domain for decades already, the only exception being, as I recall, some Case Book stories inside the borders of the US of A. The last year thing you refer to was an attempt by the estate to claim copyright on the characters of Holmes and Watson, which was rejected, so they remain in public domain as they already were.
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The sickening side of the Steam summer sale

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4 years ago

Well there's no danger that I'd buy too much. I've had Steam since forever and my library is 27 games, which includes all the stuff Valve gives you gratis. I'm a miserly penny-pincher, so vast majority of sales rate "not good enough" for me. But it helps I'm not into some of the most popular game genres. For example FPSes, so anything from AssCreed to Wolfenstein on sale gets a "meh" from me and I scroll on.
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Civilization Revolution 2 announced

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4 years ago

Square grid? Blasphemy.
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Crysis developer Crytek denies "verge of bankruptcy" claim

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4 years ago

Their next game will be Far Cry: Boohoohoo.
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Time to move for EU players of SOE games

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4 years ago

"Are they telling me my purchases will be gone if I don't remember to do this in the 90 day window?"
Well, back when Turbine consolidated their global services, people were given a certain window of opportunity to move their accounts to their servers. There were several things at work there that no doubt are relevant to this operation as well.

Firstly, they need your explicit permission to move the data. As per European consumer protection laws, the personal data cannot be moved otherwise. Secondly, your contract is with a third party (in case of Turbine's EU partner, that was Codemasters); they are not participant in that and are under no legal compulsion to honor that contract. In fact, I believe they would be under no legal compulsion to even offer a chance to migrate, it is just something they'll do to not piss off a ton of players.
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Can Godus be fixed?

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4 years ago

Reading about the power cards and the stickers, I suddenly realized there's one layer they must be holding back during the alpha period - the microtransaction layer. It'll allow you to skip the mindless drudgery and let you immediately get to the good stuff by offering a small, small sacrifice of several euros to the gilded altar of Moly-deus.

With that, this game will be just as great as Dungeon Keeper for iPad!
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Peter Molyneux's Godus problem

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4 years ago

Oh hey it is that showman, Molyneux (allegedly also a game developer). I've no time for his marketing drive.
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All Gran Turismo 5 DLC will be removed from sale

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4 years ago

Aaaaand from there it is not really a huge step into terminating the availability of digital-only games.

On general level, does this go against EU consumer protection laws? I know they trump EULAs and TOSes, and they can be pretty strict in places. (For example, I know EU folks have gotten refunds on american "this digital preorder is final, no refunds" things by leaning on those laws.)
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Dungeon Keeper Android's rating system filters out "1-4 star" reviews

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4 years ago

Once again, the Evil Empire shows us how it really should be done if you want to have that title. Let the would-be Overlords take notes from the granddaddy and try again in a hundred years.
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Long Live the Queen review

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4 years ago

Considering the length of the game, and having played the demo, and having read about how the game REALLY works behind the facade, I can confidently say it is not worth the nine euros it costs on Steam. If we spoke at half that price point, I might consider, but now being aware of the aggravating mechanics, I probaby wouldn't.
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What Garriott's new RPG looks like after six months

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5 years ago

Wow the graphics look realy poor. There's MMOs over six years old out there that look better (LotRO, though that's thanks to Turbine's excellent texture artists because the game sure won't win in polygon counts or effects newer than DX9).

Neither am I convinced that the casual player will find the conversation AI anything but a nuisance. Since there doesn't appear to be any quest bestowal or log, they'll be skipping the talk bit entirely and check online what the quests are and what coords to go to get them done.
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Inside Paradox, the strangest company in video games

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5 years ago

Looking at CK2 and EUIV, Paradox has my permission to keep acting strange.
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Matsuno returns: Final Fantasy Tactics creator on his new game

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5 years ago

The man who had his hand in Ogre, FFT, Vagrant Story and FFXII has my undivided attention.
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Warhammer Online will shut down this December

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5 years ago

Oh I'm sure if they could have sued Blizzard they would have. I mean we're talking about a company that hands out cease&desists to fansites like candy, and recently tried to bully people into believing they have a trademark on the generic term "space marine," plus other stunts that have endeared them to everyone.
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5 years ago

Well well, there it goes. It never really recovered after the crippling problems in both PvP and class balance started tearing it apart, even though I hear they fixed quite a lot of problems after I left. Still, I know some people would never had returned; a friend had his Chaos Marauder made more or less obsolete with the introduction of Orc Choppa, after which he decided he would never return to the game.

Going F2P might have helped them - or prolonged the suffering - but I'm convinced it was GW that held them taking that step, no matter what Mythic's protestations are. GW, as a company, is a veeeery, uh, interesting kind of company. I can't see them as the type that would stand to see F2P associated in any shape or form with their Warhammer franchise. That is, they would see it as ruining their reputation and would rather die than see Warhammer and F2P, that dirty word, mentioned in the same sentence.
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Fiasco review

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5 years ago

Fiasco belongs to the breed of narrativist RPGs which have been gaining momentum. Other good examples of this kind would be FATE, which just recently kickstarted a new edition of their core rules system, and as an older example Amber Diceless Roleplay, which as the name implies didn't rely on dice at all. While D&D and its kind will no doubt continue to dominate, narrativist RPGs offer a great alternative to people who want to go for a different style.
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The Elder Scrolls Online dev explains decision to charge Ł9 monthly subscription

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5 years ago

F2P in 18 months. I'm willing to wait, there's always more good games released than I realistically have time to play.
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You can plug an Xbox 360 into the Xbox One, says Major Nelson

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5 years ago

Interestingly, the man's comment about bans directly contradicts what xboxsupport has to say about the matter.

I'll just leave this here: "If your account is banned, you also forfeit the licenses to any games that have licenses tied to it as listed in the ToU."

edit: now with linkage: https://twitter.com/XboxSupport1/status/345338828606812160
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Curiosity cut the crap

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5 years ago

Mr. Molyneux is a not a game maker, he is a showman, and his business is show business. He's the star of a movie playing inside his head titled his life. He doesn't sell himself as a rock star though (like Romero did) but as an innovative, visionary sage. That is, your digital messiah.
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2008 PSN hack suspect smashes PCs, hides HDDs, gets off lightly

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5 years ago

This reminds me of a friend of a friend, who was involved in the "scene" at the time. This was years ago when BBSes were the word and piracy meant diskettes. There had been several antipiracy busts of BBS admins, and though he was a two-bit smalltimer, it made him very very paranoid. So he had an axe next to his computer. His intent was, as soon as the cops came a-knocking, to take it to his drives and take care of any evidence. He never needed to make good of those words, as far as I'm aware.
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Tales of Symphonia and sequel getting HD PS3 remake

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5 years ago

Oooh, this made my day.

However, where's my Vesperia?
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The art of noise: Inside Memory of a Broken Dimension

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5 years ago

Major props to Hanson-White for knowing Tsutomu Nihei. :D Pity the demo is so short, looking forwards to the full thing...
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The first SimCity DLC is... the Nissan LEAF Charging Station

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5 years ago

Coming up: a SHELL gas station. It is a gas station, but it leaves people happy because they are able to get service at a real SHELL station instead of some other brand.

Rumour mill: an APPLE outlet; it springs up automatically in a city of certain size, cannot be removed, and does nothing, but has a huge billboard to serve ads.
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David Hayter, the voice of Solid Snake, waves goodbye to Metal Gear

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5 years ago

Oh wow, this is going to take some adjusting to. Having played all the main-series MGSes, as far as I'm concerned mr. Hayter IS Snake. Sadly this is not yesterday's news... Hopefully, they'll still come around in their decision, and failing that, find a voice that is suitable to Snake. I can't imagine him with anything else but that gravel-across-the-pavement.

Also, I hope Hayter got a "thank you for all the work" from them. Of course he did, right? Right?
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Civilization 5: Brave New World due in July

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5 years ago

@darkmorgado
I'm pretty sure "Brave New World" is used to refer to Huxley's novel. I won't write an essay here so let's just say it describes a future society that is based on control.
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