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The worst games I've ever played, by Ellie Gibson

ukslim

4 years ago

Always looked forward to an Ellie piece. I'll miss you/them.
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Trials Frontier review

ukslim

4 years ago

I've been playing this and enjoying it. The soft buttons are surprisingly OK (and usually I hate them). I think I've put about 3 hours into it, and not yet felt the need to buy any IAPs. It seems to be very generous with fuel. I think I've run out twice, and put it down for half an hour. Very often, I'm close to running out of fuel, when I pass some mission, level up and get a full fuel refill.

If/when it gets irritating, I'll delete it. Frankly I feel as if I owe them a couple of quid. So far it's been hours of fun for no cost.
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Chess 2: The Sequel checks in next week on Ouya

ukslim

4 years ago

You can play it for free using an actual chess board. Sirlin provides a free PDF of the rules. http://www.sirlingames.com/products/chess-2-print-and-play
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Several Steam Machines' specs and prices revealed

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4 years ago

Well, they're going to have to get cheaper for me to jump on.

However, what all you current PC gamers don't get is *this is not for you*. You already have PCs, you like having PCs, you will continue to use your PCs for gaming. Valve is happy to continue taking your money.

Steam Box isn't about changing the habits of Valve's existing customers. It's about increasing the customer base.
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Is 2014 the year of virtual reality?

ukslim

4 years ago

@seeyoshirun I think anyone old enough remembers the VR fad of the early 90s - paying £5 to wear a heavy helmet and experience sub-PS1 graphics lagging behind your movement by 250ms.

The difference is that the technology has caught up. OR is acceptably light. What lag there was, has been fixed.
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What the Lego Hobbit game looks like in action

ukslim

4 years ago

@ZackRoyer Yes. The talking really jars. Which Lego game started this?
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iBuyPower's Steam Machine priced at $499

ukslim

4 years ago

@PlugMonkey Nah, although the components get changed over time, they bust a gut to make sure that newer machines are 100% backward compatible with older machines. There are no PS3 games that won't run properly on a launch-day PS3.
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ukslim

4 years ago

@GruntosUK Bought the Humble Bundle with Saint's Row in it. Started Saint's Row 2. Chugs along. Uninformative error message. Spent an hour Googling for a solution. Eventually had to download a settings file and put it deep into the file hierarchy.
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Why launch games underwhelm

ukslim

4 years ago

We've reached a point where the next gen is just last-gen-but-bigger.

In the past, the new generation has done stuff the previous can't dream of. If you were used to a NES, the SNES graphics made your jaw drop. If you were used to a SNES, a Saturn or PS1 would blow you away.

I remember seeing Ridge Racer in a cabinet, and thinking it was the most incredible thing I'd ever seen. Not long later, there was something very similar on a console. Amazing.

There's nothing on the XBone / PS4 that hits you like that, because the current gen can do pretty much everything a gamer could want. The next gen just has the potential to do it slightly better.
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Type:Rider review

ukslim

4 years ago

@Sir_Brightington_III The browser version is a trial version consisting of a pretty generous set of early levels. You're right, £8.99 for the Steam version is a joke considering the mobile prices.
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72 Blockbuster stores to close in the UK

ukslim

4 years ago

No Blockbuster!?! But where will I... where will I...

No, can't think of anything.
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Oculus Rift is heading to Android

ukslim

5 years ago

@metalmike25 obviously, just like in real life, you wouldn't get stereoscopic vision. You would get head tracking, so I guess it would be worthwhile.
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Sources: Grand Theft Auto 5 out on PC early 2014

ukslim

5 years ago

@simsini Since my only PC has crappy Intel graphics (and no scope for expansion), the Xbox version is likely to be better.
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Female soldiers in Warface are unrealistic and sexualised because community wanted it

ukslim

5 years ago

Anyone else reminded of the "car built for Homer"? Where they just put everything Homer Simpson asked for in a car, and ended up with a shambles?
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How Frozen Endzone restores and reinvents a forgotten genre

ukslim

5 years ago

@Rich72 4 player cabinet in Aberystwyth Pier arcade. Pairs at right angles to each other. A slot in the cab at eye level, with a 45 degree mirror so you could glare at your opponent. Brilliant.
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ukslim

5 years ago

Is this the spiritual successor to Cyberball? - which I loved in the arcades, as a 12 year old. Pick a strategy, execute, repeat?
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Double Fine's The Cave confirmed for iOS launch

ukslim

5 years ago

I really enjoyed this on PC. I'll be recommending it to iPad users.

I think an iPhone screen would be too small.
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Ordnance Survey maps Britain in Minecraft

ukslim

5 years ago

According to the OS site, "each block represents a ground area of 50 square metres." -- so that Stonehenge is, um, larger than life.

It's forever being modelled at the wrong scale, that monument...
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Letter from America

ukslim

5 years ago

@Djimm GTA5 fixes this by having checkpoints in missions, and the opportunity to skip a section if you've failed it three times. I've used the skip feature once already.
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Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! announced

ukslim

5 years ago

I got confused between Adventure Time and Dungeon Quest.

I would play a Dungeon Quest game. It would not be PEGI 7.
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Bastion just 69p on iOS this week in Warner Bros. sale

ukslim

5 years ago

I really enjoyed Bastion, and anyone with iOS should snap it up.

But "tough combat"? I'm useless at games, but on default difficulty it's a breeze. It's the only game I know where you earn modifiers to *increase* the difficulty. Hardcore gamers can take idols to the temples to make the enemies tougher.
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Actress Ellen Page accuses Naughty Dog of ripping off her likeness for The Last of Us

ukslim

5 years ago

The "as redesigned" Ellie looks quite a lot like my sister. Perhaps my sister should sue?
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The art of noise: Inside Memory of a Broken Dimension

ukslim

5 years ago

I had a go, and I enjoyed the loader...

The first-person bit though, I couldn't make head nor tail of. I wonder whether it's my Intel graphics making it one notch more glitchy than it should be.
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Is this XBLA's worst game?

ukslim

5 years ago

Whereas Double Dragon Neon is great fun.
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Belayed potential: The art of videogame climbing

ukslim

5 years ago

Odd not to mention Tomb Raider; whether you like them or not, most of them had an element of "get to the top of the tall thing then look at the view".
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The Cave review

ukslim

5 years ago

@MARKIV I'm sure I saw an interview somewhere in which he said he was looking at doing iPhone/Android versions. But it's Steam/console on day one.
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City of Horror review

ukslim

5 years ago

Please review Zombicide. I loved it, but I want to know if City of Horror is better.
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Gabe Newell lays out Valve's Steam Box plans

ukslim

5 years ago

@Architect_z I think it's firmly pitched at people who want to play on a TV with a handheld controller, so it's console gaming in that sense. But it's more like PC gaming in terms of accessibility to developers.
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ukslim

5 years ago

@PlugMonkey You've misunderstood I was talking about Xbox, not Windows, when I referred to MS's approval system. I think all new games, and most older games, will get ported to Steam for Linux, if this thing gains traction.
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ukslim

5 years ago

@alexbulluk Repeat: it will not cost $1000. That's a misunderstanding based on the price of the business device Piston is derived from.
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ukslim

5 years ago

@PlugMonkey Basically it's not for you. It's not for people who care about Linux either. The OS is essentially irrelevant to the user. It's for people who want to play the kind of games Steam provides, with the convenience and peace-of-mind of a console. Why not an Xbox in that case? Well, I think it'll be more indie-friendly than Xbox. You'll get edgier, quirkier indie games because they won't have the strict MS approval system.
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ukslim

5 years ago

@slowbots It's chicken and egg, but Valve are big enough to promote a surge of ports to Linux. The very prospect of these things being in, say, a million homes, is enough to motivate most publishers to do a port.
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ukslim

5 years ago

@aniki I'll eat my hat if the Piston retails for anywhere near $1000. The prototype is based on a box aimed at business, that sells for $1000. They *have* to refine it and use efficiencies of scale, to bring the consumer retail price to, say, $500.
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BioShock Infinite's Elizabeth: Ken Levine on creating the best AI companion since Half-Life 2's Alyx Vance

ukslim

5 years ago

Is it compulsory for advanced AI NPCs to have spectacular breasts?
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Monkey Island creator will talk to rights owner Disney about new game plans

ukslim

5 years ago

When I saw Pirates of the Caribbean, I too thought it was a ripoff of Monkey Island. The scene where the dog has the prison cell keys clinched it.

But it turns out, Monkey Island is *ahem* strongly inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disneyland, which opened in 1967. The dog with the keys appears in a prison diorama, one of many you float past. Gilbert is on record as saying the ride inspired the game.

The ride was replicated in Disneyland Paris, so you can see for yourself without flying to California. It's got all the voodoo stuff and everything. No two-headed monkeys though...

MI certainly kept the idea alive though, and I'm sure the film-makers had played the game. I'd say Disney has a moral right to everything that appears in the films, though.

An actual MI game with Guybrush etc. could be great, mind (or it could be crap).
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Oliver twins defend Dizzy Returns £350k Kickstarter

ukslim

5 years ago

I don't know how the costs divide up, but for me “big” - “over five times larger than the original games” is a turn off. Portal 1 was the perfect length for me. After that I want to move on to a different game. So I'd rather Dizzy was cheaper and shorter. Still, if 70,000 people put in a fiver each, where's the harm?
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22Cans reckons it has a solution to Curiosity server and coins woe

ukslim

6 years ago

Weird. It took a few tries to get connected first time, but since then it's been fine. What's not fine is the illusion of concurrent play. It switches between textures as you zoom in, but the textures at various scales, and the full-scale view, are not consistent with one another, and updates with other people's removed cubes come in big batches.

I wondered how they'd achieve it before it came out. Apparently they hadn't even considered it. As I started with, weird.
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Fez racks up 100,000 XBLA sales

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6 years ago

I think it would be in their interests to release a Steam version, but there would be some hurdles. There is an important gameplay feature that requires an Xbox controller. It would be a shame to lose it.
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Eurogamer's Fez Notebooks

ukslim

6 years ago

@Ceatlan Oh dear, that's the opposite of my feelings. I had a notebook logging market prices in Elite. I drew maps on paper, of any exploration game. Text adventures required all kinds of scribbling. I miss that. Fez brought it back. More of this kind of thing please.
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Internet provider Virgin Media blocks torrent site The Pirate Bay

ukslim

6 years ago

Hilariously, TPB's daily hits went up by 12 million.
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Awesomenauts Review

ukslim

6 years ago

Jeez, I've never had anything like that kind of constructive advice when playing online with strangers. More "haha, you suck n00b". So I stop playing.
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What is Indie?

ukslim

6 years ago

Indie as a label for a sound, rather than a business model, goes back at least to 1986. But it's always been a niggle that the two overlap. You wouldn't call a style of food "supermarket". All the same problems exist as with calling games "indie". Indie music acts get signed by major labels -- but their sound remains the same. Acts that don't sound at all "indie" are, technically, on indie labels. In the 80s, it was amusing to see Kylie Minogue at the top of the Indie singles chart, alongside the Mighty Lemon Drops or what have you. Today Adele has 4 songs in the indie top 10...

It's probably best to avoid making the same mistake in gaming. Call Cave Story a retro platformer. Mention that it's indie only if the business model is relevant to the context.
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Game of the Week: Fez

ukslim

6 years ago

@spekkeh A harsher penalty for falling off would have driven me away from the game.
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Reality Crumbles: Whatever happened to VR?

ukslim

6 years ago

@goldbug Although it's a factor, I don't think the focus thing is the main cause of VR headaches/nausea. It was lag and framerate. I reckon those 90s arcade VR machine were doing 15FPS at times, and there was a noticeable lag between turning your head and the view changing.

You can avoid the focus problem by having everything in focus (which is what you'd experience in bright light with nothing too close to you). Technology to detect where your eyes are focussing can't be too far off in any case.
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ukslim

6 years ago

@Po1ymorph But, sod "traditional gameplay mechanics". Not so long ago, there were no 1st person games. We invented them. We can invent game mechanics that work with VR. There's more to life than FPSs. Sit-in games like racers and plane/spacecraft sims would be a start.
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ukslim

6 years ago

The "player looking the wrong way when something important is happening" problem exists in Half Life, and Valve devised ways to invite you to look the right way.

I'd love to see a new generation of VR. The technology wasn't quite up to the ambition of the first gen. You'd get nausea because of the poor refresh rates, and laggy response to the head tracking. I would expect it to be silky smooth with modern hardware.
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Fez Review

ukslim

6 years ago

@skatelite I got that error when I followed @BillPoon's link -- but when I searched for it, I got to a link that worked.
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ukslim

6 years ago

@Hiya @Frybird ... then again if you're not looking at the videos and thinking "damn, that's so beautiful I must play it", I suspect the game's not for you.
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ukslim

6 years ago

@Frybird "I'm just SO tired of pixelated retro graphics that i can't help but look at this title with huge amounts of cynisism."

But this is extra-beautiful pixelated retro graphics. I've not seen its like. Add to that the novel mechanic (OK, Crush - but Crush is fugly) -- Paper Mario is different. And the music; Oh the music!
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ukslim

6 years ago

@onyxbox XBox exclusive, sorry. The official line is that Phil Fish is very keen on it being a console experience: telly, sofa, controller; just like if you were playing it on a NES. But I wouldn't rule out a PC version some time down the line.
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