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EA admits it "got it wrong" over Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot boxes

varkdm

5 days ago

@Syrette problem with season passes is you cant see what you are getting. I made the mistake of getting it for destiny and then to my great dissapointment two of the expansions were for pvp content which I didnt do. So, never again.
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varkdm

5 days ago

@Tyronne whilst I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiment, its not necessarily correct that they made any profit on the game. If they budgeted for 7million sales to cover development cost and that the 8-10million they were expecting to sell would be the bit that makes the profit then that's genuinely quite painful for a project of that size.
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Why the games media has a diversity problem - this website especially

varkdm

1 week ago

This begins to explain the very heavy handed/clunky way in which EG have handled diversity issues over the last year. They are trying to do the right thing, but dont know how, hence they fuck it up from time to time, for example that Kingdom come review. Hopefully with more diverse hires they can run a filter over the things they complain about to see if the complaint does have merit or not.
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds files lawsuit against mobile clones

varkdm

2 weeks ago

This is the downside to having lengthy early access periods. Sure you get to have people pay you to test your game for you, but at the same time you are announcing well in advance of its full release all your ideas and mechanics. To expect other people not to use the popular ones or even take advantage of a particularly long early access period to get their own games to market before yours on different platforms is just stupid. If they are able to produce your game, at similar quality in less time, despite your substantial headstart, then thats your problem.
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Sounds like Cyberpunk 2077 decided against multiplayer

varkdm

1 month ago

@Cyber6 I think its more the bit where he says its a single player game purchased for a one off fee.
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Why the people behind crowdfunded Camelot Unchained won't sell spaceships or castles

varkdm

3 months ago

@HoloDust I also thought planetside 2 could do this..
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"We could be the biggest game in the western world"

varkdm

3 months ago

@BumpkinRich the lootbox stuff in the main game really isn't bad. I bought the beta access before it turned all battle royale and put probably around 15 hours in before moving on (I'm a nomadic game player, 15 hours is actually not bad for me). I didn't feel the need to buy anything. Whilst the guns do degrade, I never had any trouble collecting the resources to rebuild them from playing the game.
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A voice from the past

varkdm

3 months ago

A good friend of mine killed himself about 5 years ago. He was probably my best friend at the time I bought and moved in to my flat some 10 years ago. He helped me move in and choose and assemble all the new furniture. I recently replaced the bed and had to break apart the old one (it was all wood and had been a total bastard to assemble, had taken hours and given us both blisters from having to drive screws with hand screwdrivers into the wood). Whilst breaking it apart I noticed a blemish on one of the slats and looked closer. The cheeky bastard had signed his name by scratching it into the wood. Gave me quite a big pause for thoughts and feels.
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Star Citizen, I am disappointed

varkdm

3 months ago

@Rogueywon hmm you have a rose view of publishers. You are right, they would have stepped in and told them to cull features and get it out, but they wouldn't put too much emphasis on Polish. More likely get it out, bugs and all and then see what they can recover later down the line.
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EA not giving up on microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront 2

varkdm

5 months ago

This time v money argument is just bollocks. Yes, some people are willing to pay to not have to grind, but what about those who are time and cash poor, who managed to pay full price for your game jyst to find they were fucked by your money gouging mechanic. Also, most people buying arent time poor, they just don't want to wait in order to be competitive with someone who paid for an advantage.

As for their cosmetics being hard in star wars argument... Also bollocks, swtor gets by on selling cosmetics (that can also be bought on the marketplace with in game funds), they don't seem to be struggling. Their design team must be atrocious if they are given the star wars universe to play with and they can't come up with interesting cosmetic variations to characters, ships and weapons!
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After five years in development, sci-fi colony sim RimWorld is on the "final stretch" to release

varkdm

5 months ago

As sad as it may be, I find it really hard to enjoy games with crappy outdated graphics. However, this is one of the very few that I was able to enjoy regardless because the gameplay is so strong and enjoyable and there is simply nothing else out there like it. I onlybought in at alpha 17 but have gotten 50 hours play time and will return to it in good time for yet more games.
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FIFA players react to EA's dramatic Star Wars Battlefront 2 microtransactions U-turn

varkdm

5 months ago

I wouldnt really call a couple of hours every evening, totalling 500+ over a year "limited playing time"... Its not about saving time, he just wants the advantage and wants it asap.
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New report paints Visceral's cancelled Star Wars project as troubled from the off

varkdm

6 months ago

@LittleBigDave i dont think it is bullshit. It was also one of the reasons cited by the bioware team for Andromeda's failings, that EA insisted they use frostbite and it was an enormous amount of work to get it to even begin to handle it.
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varkdm

6 months ago

Why does every Star Wars game have to have the force as a major factor. For me its the least interesting part of the universe. Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster.
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Interview with the video game whale

varkdm

6 months ago

@VotesForCows That seems like a very low spend, especially if you are including the cost of buying consoles. Gaming is my main hobby and i reckon I average 100-150 a month on games (mostly buying new games, occasionally mmo subs or cosmetics if im playing one). This month was a light month with only two new games bought but destiny 2 and total warhammer2 cost 85. Throw in 2k every 3 years for a new pc and 350 for a new console about the same.. its so easy to spend a fortune. And im a lot better now than I was! I think my problem is that i never get "in" to a game long term anymore. I can remember playing counterstrike 1.6 and quake2 for months on months, possibly years. WoW and Ultima Online when they first came out id play for bouts of 3-6 months at a time. I remember playing Black Desert Online during the Spring this year and thinking.. "wow this game has done pretty well, ive almost played it for 2 months now..."
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Bungie insists it's not banning Destiny 2 PC players for using third-party applications

varkdm

6 months ago

The cynic in me knows that there are thousands of cheaters on pc games, ergo thousands of people to complain about banned. Im sure in this case there is a genuine problem, but I won't the least bit surprised if a large number of the people affected were actually cheating.
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The Bungie interview: how Destiny 2 on PC is more than just a port

varkdm

6 months ago

@evolgenius it's more that it's running at 144fps on current hardware. My 2 year old pc is getting a consistent 130+ with most of the settings on high.
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NeoGAF offline after owner accused of sexual misconduct

varkdm

6 months ago

@MrTomFTW not necessarily so hard to misread the situation. I know plenty of people for whom vomiting from alcohol is just a stage in their night out and that shortly after they are back to being merry. For me if I'm sick it's game over, but for some it just gives them a second lease of life. Theres no indication of how much time had passed, what state she was in. Her account doesn't sound like she was wasted and in a state and him leaving her alone as soon as she explained no would suggest that this really was a misreading of the situation. Embarrassing for both of them. Not enough info to gauge, which is the whole point of innocent until proven guilty.
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Elex review

varkdm

6 months ago

This looks interesting, but I think its very rough edges have put me off. At least for now whilst it's 35, when the price comes down and its had some patches I'll give it a go.
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Total War: Warhammer's ambitious Mortal Empires arrives this month

varkdm

6 months ago

Really enjoying the game at the moment. Playing as the Dark Elves and im mid game at the moment. Will probably lose as the High Elves seem to have raced ahead on their scroll hunt, but ive learnt the game now and it all seems to work nicely. The map is huge, love the addition of treasures to hunt down as well.
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Fortnite bans "thousands" of Battle Royale cheaters

varkdm

7 months ago

@tidy-spidey iddqd idkfa and my brain is too old to remember the other quake ones. Other than the classic alt-f4y.
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What happens to your Steam account when you die?

varkdm

7 months ago

@UncleLou I know that feeling. A friend of mine killed himself a few years ago. He wasn't a big gamer, but he loved world of warcraft and whenever I log into battle.net and see his name or check my quite small friends list in that game it gives me a little twinge of sadness.
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Destiny 2 downtime is as regular as the game's weekly reset

varkdm

7 months ago

Hopefully as destiny on the pc is handled by battle.net this won't affect the pc version. It doesn't half piss me off when games companies make no effort to hide that they view anyone outside of the US as less important, especially for a game that makes money hand over fist.
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Cities: Skylines - Green Cities arrives next month, here's a song to celebrate

varkdm

7 months ago

Cool, I was always a bit dissapointed at the lack of eco stuff there was in the game and this nicely corrects that!
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Don't be put off by Kingdom Come: Deliverance's stiff characters

varkdm

7 months ago

@spamdangled but it's modability was a deliberate feature of the game, which is why modding has been so successful for it. Id played skyrim for 200+ hours and about 10 different characters before I finally got around to finishing the main quest. Thanks to the foresight of the developers in releasing the creation kit that spawned so many mods that added, changed, corrected, or polished the game. Yes skyrim as it was released, may not be the most amazing of games (although I remember thoroughly enjoying the vanilla game) but it was designed to be almost the lego of fantasy rpgs and that it did very well, better than any other before or since.
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varkdm

7 months ago

@spamdangled i agree fallout 4 wasnt a masterpiece. But it was a great game. Not as good as Fallout 3, which in my opinion is the best of the series. However, claiming morrowind was the last masterpiece bethseda made is patently rediculous, being that Skyrim is one of the all time great games ever made and still enduringly popular six years after its release.
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Ruiner review

varkdm

7 months ago

This game does look interesting. I like the style and ive watched a few gameplay videos and read a few yser reviews on steam. One thing to note is, whilst the developers intended the game to be played on the hard setting, they have included easier settings. I havent the time or incliniation to play mercilessly punishing games and so doubted i would want this. However the developers have acknowledged that mercilessly punishing isnt for everyone and catered to the crowd that just wants to enjoy a run through of the game, without having to fail 100 times before defeating each boss. So its on my list, there have been about ten new games out recently i want and there are still more to come so ... thats the best it gets at the moment. Original Sin 2 to finish first.
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Divinity: Original Sin 2 review

varkdm

7 months ago

@JiveHound I had exactly the same experience with the first one. Loving this one from the go though.
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Firewatch review-bombed following PewDiePie racism incident

varkdm

7 months ago

Can you set steam reviews to show verified purchases only?
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Divinity: Original Sin 2 roars out of the gates to nearly 500K sold

varkdm

7 months ago

Im thoroughly enjoying it, more so than the first which I could never finish as found it a little too obtuse, but this one seems a more balanced challenge.
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Divinity: Original Sin 2 is shaping up to be every bit as good as its predecessor

varkdm

7 months ago

@Rogueywon it's been in early access for about a year, with first part of the game available to play.
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Absolver review

varkdm

8 months ago

Im having difficulty getting in to it. Looks nice, runs well, no lag, plays well, so the basics are all there. However I've learnt more about how this game works by reading this review than playing it for two hours. The tutorials is abysmal and the combo system just isn't explained. I eventually worked out about chaining moves by their start and finish stances is what you are supposed to do. Just irritating that these companies put huge time and effort in to these games then fuck up the tutorial section, which should really be pretty simple to do.
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Darkwood developer releases its own game on Pirate Bay

varkdm

8 months ago

@SpaceMonkey77 bandwidth costs money, they won't give it for free or a tiny price on their website when they can do it for free via torrent. I like what this Dev has done, as I dislike key resellers for the reasons they mention. What I dont understand though, are keys mandatory on steam/gog etc if not why give any out?
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Devolver's stylish cyberpunk shooter Ruiner gets a release date

varkdm

8 months ago

@invidentus hmm loads of cyberpunk games, wouldnt call it forgotten in the industry.. Deus Ex and the Shadowrun games come imediately to mind.
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Mass Effect: Andromeda won't receive any more single-player updates

varkdm

8 months ago

@sloth09 I kind of get what your saying. But it doesn't really work, because the me3 ending was the equivalent to Truman/churchill/chamberlain/whoever defeating the nazis before they took czecheslovakia, then negotiating the Japanese into a peaceful climb down and then still having Russia take eastern Europe and someone nuking Japan anyway.
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varkdm

8 months ago

Sad that the series is on its arse, but better than it continue down that route, under that team. Clearly haven't learnt still though, I personally like the multiplayer, but they were crucified for tying sp story progress to it in me3 and that just required you play one or two games to get the best ending. Now they are continuing the actual story, through multiplayer....
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Agents of Mayhem review

varkdm

8 months ago

@AgentDaleCooper I didn't, I just wanted a decent single player experience.
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LawBreakers review

varkdm

8 months ago

I like it. Plays very fluidly and easy to learn and get into. Ive had as many finely balanced, tense, close games as stomps, but with all new players at the moment I suspect the match making engine doesn't have the data yet to consistently match people well. Also, playing tank or medic is fun because their combat ability is still excellent and their utility and defense abilities don't interfere with their main combat.
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One year on, is No Man's Sky the game it should have been?

varkdm

9 months ago

I enjoyed it, but was dissapointed with a lot of it as well. Im sure ill go back to it and have been paying attention to the updates for there to be a sort of critical mass of new stuff to go back to, but it isn't there yet and the atlas update doesn't sound like it will add much for me. What I really wanted to see was far, far less life. Exploration became pointless when every system had 1-5 planets all of which had some form of life and most had lots of it. I wanted planets to be different, interesting things to be rare, so that when you did find them, it would be exciting and I enjoyable cataloguing it all. But even so called "barren" planets had plants. I wanted factions to mean something, for there to be towns, cities etc. Not just a landing pad with at most 2 souls aboard. I wanted the space battles from the trailers... Factions fighting each other for control of those rare planets that teme with life or resources.... But none of it was to be :-(
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Mass Effect Andromeda studio BioWare Montreal will be absorbed by EA Motive

varkdm

9 months ago

@kraenk12 hmm that's not how I remember the bioware acquisition. The two owners sold it and then retired from the game industry, but are still on good terms with the studio. Its pretty common business plan, build it up until a bigger company wants to buy you then take the money and move on with a huge nest egg. The founders leaving was unquestionably the worst thing that happened to bioware, but ea didn't drive them out.
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varkdm

9 months ago

@kraenk12 not actually true, mass effect was ea, even if mostly in development before ea acquired bioware. mass effect 2, which most consider the best in the series was fully ea. I think DA Origins was also entirely ea as my fuzzy, aged memory is telling me that came out after mass effect.
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Epic's Fortnite on UE4 plays better on Xbox One

varkdm

9 months ago

@Mrsyms it starts to get challenging at about tier 15 missions, so yea takes a few hours of going through really easy missions before your first challenging one sadly.
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Riot blames Brexit for 20% League of Legends in-game currency price hike

varkdm

10 months ago

I hope this just drives down purchases of their stuff. Its all very well to say it's because the pound is less against the dollar, but as they say, they price based on what the market can bear. People in the UK aren't earning 20% more, if anything the earnings outlook looks pretty poor for the UK now. How do they price this in China, Russia, Poland, India etc? I'm willing to bet it's a damn site cheaper in dollar/sterling terms in those countries because they have to price realistically for that market. This is just opportunism on Riots part and I hope it causes sales of their digital items to collapse in the UK.
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Robert Yang's The Tearoom appeals to censors by swapping cocks for glocks

varkdm

10 months ago

I actually hope twitch do ban it. Because then theyve played right into his hands and will have to come up with some reason as to why they banned a game about licking guns as opposed to using them to kill people. I hope that how rediculous that makes them look, starts a rethink on how over the top total censorship of nudity/sexual content is.
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Star Citizen studio seeks to calm fan fears it faces financial issues

varkdm

10 months ago

@Dryvlyne sort of, bad example though as ea told bioware they could have another 6 months to work on andromeda and they refused and released it in the sorry state it was in sadly.
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Titanfall 2 still getting free DLC

varkdm

10 months ago

This game is one of the only single player fps campaigns in many years that was actually entertaining enough for me to finish. Well... I nearly finished doom but somehow got distracted by another game and never finished the last level, I should probably do that really! It was also the first multiplayer fps in years that I enjoyed playing for more than a few hours. I hope overall sales are better now through word of mouth and that plenty of people are supporting them with the cosmetic paid dlc.
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No Man's Sky community deciphers cryptic Hello Games cassette message

varkdm

11 months ago

@Luciferous making up a game in their heads is not really fair or accurate. I enjoyed the game, but was dissapointed that features Sean Murray said would be in the game, were not (eg dynamic battles and faction warfare, functional star systems etc.) so a lot of the anger is completely justified, he lied, repeatedly about all manner of things in the game. Yes a large minority take their outrage way too far, but the significant majority are justified in feeling dissapointed in what they got.
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GAME launches unattractive new 36 loyalty card scheme

varkdm

11 months ago

Playing devil's advocate here, all the high rated posts here with the calculations, assume that noone takes up any discounts and that the birthday gift is worthless. If you were buying a console and getting 20 off that, then you only have to make up 16 in other purchases, maybe less as not sure if 250+ console would also get points, presumably it does. So to me, this looks like a deal to encourage people to buy consoles and to tempt them to keep coming back to them for games. Seems like an awful faff to me, but it will work for some I'm sure.
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Mass Effect series "on ice" following Andromeda disappointment

varkdm

12 months ago

@riceNpea Completely agree this is all on Bioware. All the hate on EA i dont feel is justified in this instance. Bioware went downhill because their founders quit the game industry after they sold Bioware. They knew how to deliver a good, satisfying story in an RPG through to completion, the people who took over.. not so much. ME3's ending was decided in the last 3 months by Casey Hudson, on his own, rather than using the writers who had been penning the story all along. Inquisition and Andromeda, whilst far from terrible games, are bad by Bioware's standard because someone high up at Bioware decided that skyrim was so succesful because its an open world and that open worlds = mmo quest design. They've just bloddy mindedly followed that approach and demonstrated they just dont know how to do it (or take more from Ubisofts design ethos than Bethesda/CD Project Red). Far from EA forcing andromeda out the door, unfinished and in poor quality, they offered Bioware more time and they refused it.. https://www.vg247.com/2016/11/02/ea-will-merrily-delay-mass-effect-andromeda-by-as-much-as-5-months-if-it-feels-the-need-because-it-has-the-money-to-do-so/
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