winstoninabox

The year in playing together

winstoninabox

4 months ago

Fortnite, “this lavish but rather hollow game.”

Spent more time on its PvE than anything else. I understand it isn’t for you, but I think you’d be hard pressed to justify calling it ‘hollow’. There’s more than enough games released this year where all you do is run around and shoot. Fortnite has that, plus building mechanics, too. I’m always amazed (and frustrated) at the designs for forts people come up with. Then there’s the fun of trading weapons and materials with randoms. It just getting better and better.

Edit for typo.
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Are loot boxes gambling?

winstoninabox

6 months ago

@gaselite Yes, and not just drinks to high rollers but all sorts of freebies. But I suspect that the connection between the bet and the freebies is not strong enough to qualify as receiving a reward for an individual bet. IANAL but I’d say the correspondence has to be one to one - one bet gives one reward.
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winstoninabox

6 months ago

What I learned is that casinos should give you something inconsequential, say a discount drink ticket valid for the next 10 minutes, with each flutter you make. Since you’ve received something it’s not gambling.
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Middle-earth: Shadow of War has loot boxes

winstoninabox

9 months ago

"Feel free to play as you decide!"

I suspect many will now feel free to decide not to play. Do loot chests really reap more than what they lose in sales and good will?
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Just Cause dev's theHunter coming to consoles this year

winstoninabox

1 year ago

Does it have coop?
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Disney Infinity dev is back, now making Cars 3 for Warner Bros.

winstoninabox

1 year ago

Cars 2 is s very good game. Toy Story, too. You can see their DNA in Disney Infinity. So disappointed that Infinity has been canned. For my son, of course.
Though in all seriousness Disney, why'd you stop everything related to Infinity? You've more money than the queen, so surely the servers can stay up awhile.
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Face-Off: Skyrim Special Edition

winstoninabox

1 year ago

Skyrim SE on PS4 is brought to you by... Microsoft.
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Peter Molyneux released a new game today

winstoninabox

1 year ago

@NoUseForAName2016 He sold picks to people to improve their chance of winning in Curiosity. It then turns out the prize for Curiosity never existed, years later still doesn't, and probably never will. He's lucky no one took this any further with the police. Selling lottery tickets to a nonexistent prize is wrong.
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Doom's new Arcade Mode is Doom at its very best

winstoninabox

1 year ago

@Fourfoldroot Yes, it was a PSN+ game some time ago. Check it out.
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winstoninabox

1 year ago

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger had a score attack mode. Had a great story, too. Don't think it made it to the PS4, but it's probably pretty cheap on the PS3 now. Highly recommended game.
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Sounds like Sleeping Dogs developer United Front Games has shut down

winstoninabox

2 years ago

Guess I can say goodbye to any chance of the "Wei of the Road" trophy ever getting patched. No platinum for me.
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Destiny 2 will launch for PC, characters may be left behind - reports

winstoninabox

2 years ago

Why can't Destiny 2 give you the option to carry your character over in some form, or let you make a new one? Best of both worlds.
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Watch: Seven games we'd love to see remastered

winstoninabox

2 years ago

A mate and I cooped and drank our way through R6V2. I've still no idea why the villain was a pirate.
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Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom review

winstoninabox

2 years ago

Dumb question, but can you play online with friends without having to complete the story? We just wanna kill Titans together for the giggles.
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Finally, you can add 2-Step Verification to your PlayStation account

winstoninabox

2 years ago

@Turniplord "this is so people don't abuse it like Xbox. If you could change regions on the fly people would change, get sale items cheap then change back"

Sony can try to limit where you buy their products, but the consumer looking for the best price isn't abuse.
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Virginia, one of 2016's most promising games, is coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC next month

winstoninabox

2 years ago

"while rummaging through the glove compartment lets you sift through the detritus of your partner's car, and where you notice how her surname changes in the junk mail that's gathered"

It's moments like these that I love in games, moments that show the writers understand adult life. Another one I especially enjoyed was in Uncharted 3, when they meet Elaina and Sully whispers to Nate, "She's still wearing the ring."
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Japan's Prime Minister just rocked up to the Olympics dressed as Mario

winstoninabox

2 years ago

@gnosis "Is Mario really the best representation of that culture and history?"

You're right. With the GO craze at its height, he should've dressed like Pikachu.
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Disgruntled No Man's Sky players thrust Sony's PS4 refund policy back into the spotlight

winstoninabox

2 years ago

The first Sony comment about patches is worrying. There seems to be an expectation the consumer should wait for the patch to see if the game works without crashing. Then if the crashes continue, the consumer should report that to the developer and then wait for another patch.

If a game is being patched because it crashes, that's surely an admission it isn't working correctly. The consumer shouldn't have to wait for a refund. Consumers shouldn't have to accept a product that is kind of mostly working just because the manufacturer says they'll promise to fix it.
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Marvel Ultimate Alliance: the last great licensed video game?

winstoninabox

2 years ago

My boy and I started playing this the other week on PS3 (I'd played it through ages ago on the PSP) and he's loving it. I was so happy and surprised to see that a PS4 version was coming out. I'd hoped for the DLC that was unreleased on the PS3, the UI to be enhanced, auto-save added, and improved graphics. You can imagine my disappointment at what Activision put on sale at that price point. As a remaster this could've been so much more. And with the current popularity of the MCU, you'd think it would've been given a little more love. No Activision, I won't be giving you my money.
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Pokémon Go is a phenomenon that's pushing people together

winstoninabox

2 years ago

Tennessee Highway Safety Office should've gone with the simple "Stop before you GO".
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Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens review

winstoninabox

2 years ago

Is it still couch coop only?
I'd love to play this with my nephew and niece, or rather my son would love to play with his cousins, but they're in another city.
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Mighty No. 9 review

winstoninabox

2 years ago

@Uberheertje But the games are hard but fair. You can learn the attack patterns, you can over-level, or you can always coop with others. I'm not anywhere near having any talent as a gamer, but thanks to the kindness of strangers I've completed Demon's, Dark 1 & 2 and Bloodborne. Currently playing Dark 3 with a friend and loving it.
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Allison Road cancelled under mysterious circumstances

winstoninabox

2 years ago

"sometime things pan out differently than expected" is a euphemism for "I/we ended up hating working with you".
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The first fandom

winstoninabox

2 years ago

@NeedAUsername
By an unfortunate turn of phrase you appear to be saying that fanatical hatred is a feature of religion... But I'm sure that that's just a mistake.
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winstoninabox

2 years ago

"But what happens when you take things that the intellect has spat out and put them back in?"

Religion
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Watch: Where did Resident Evil go wrong?

winstoninabox

2 years ago

@Eaton_Corvinus
"or betray them, kill them and get their stuff"

This is the Internet. There is no "or", only "and".
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Selling loot boxes and the trouble with ranked play - Blizzard on Overwatch

winstoninabox

2 years ago

"hey, this is really cool, but I'd also like to be able to buy these loot boxes"

I'm guessing there's been some transliteration at work here. In plain English gamers asked to be able to buy the skins, which was altered by Sales & Marketing English into this quote.
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Not everyone's thrilled with Microsoft's Quantum Break PC announcement

winstoninabox

2 years ago

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Unravel review

winstoninabox

2 years ago

"It begins and ends with an earnest letter of thanks from the development team - a polite form of emotional blackmail, I can't help but feel"

Birthdays and Xmas must be quite the celebrations at the Evans-Thirlwell household.
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Killing crows and closing car doors

winstoninabox

2 years ago

@Ivattthestanier
"Tbh the thought of running around shooting and re spawning endlessly in these games just bores me."

Me too. Recently played Borderlands: TPS as coop and the powers made the endless shooting fun, but what's the hook here? What's gonna keep someone coming back after 20 hours? It's just real world tech, isn't it?
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Alexis Kennedy on: Gravity

winstoninabox

2 years ago

@riceNpea
How so?
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winstoninabox

2 years ago

@riceNpea
Sorry for the brevity but iPhone.
Crosshairs, he's talking about the gun he was firing.
Healing, he's talking about healing the injuries sustained in video games. Or to turn it around, there's no paracetamol that'll *heal*, and nor will it do it in the seconds it takes to in a video game.
Chess, one side moves and the other *does nothing*, which is completely unlike, well, anything outside a game.
Hopefully this helps.
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Ellie Gibson on: Manual Stimulation

winstoninabox

2 years ago

Ellie, thanks for the education. I never knew that to wear or not to wear tights is such a minefield.
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PlayStation in 2015: Goodwill ensured that the party continued

winstoninabox

2 years ago

The idea that exclusives mattered more last generation than this is possible; with the sales the PS4 has it must've been taken up by players other than what you'd once have called "hardcore". Those players want a console their friends are playing and that has enough games to play in the more limited time they have. I'm sure XB1's exclusives are great, but if you don't have time to play all the great games out now, that advantage disappears.
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Rise of the Tomb Raider review

winstoninabox

2 years ago

Remember a few years ago when Uncharted 3 wasn't awarded the review score that some felt it should get, and they went to town complaining about the review? These days no one bats an eye when any article about the series refers to it as the weaker link in the three. I suspect that we're seeing the same case here; it'll be remembered as a fun and competent game that didn't really take the series forward in a meaningful way.
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Where can Metal Gear go from here?

winstoninabox

3 years ago

Somewhere at Konami "mobile game about trading soldiers on Mother Base" got crossed out on a whiteboard.
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Why I will never call video games a hobby

winstoninabox

3 years ago

@ROMhack
"What's wrong with people these days that they're so easily offended?"

The author straight up says you're wrong (yes, his words) if you think games are a hobby. Probably outrage is too strong, but a professional author can express an opinion (for that's all it is) without slighting the vast majority who seem to disagree with him. A little push back from the opposition, and a request for a better standard of opinion pieces is reasonable.
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winstoninabox

3 years ago

@Exceptional_leg
I agree. I quite enjoyed the read, but didn't understand why the author thinks those who describe video games as a hobby to be wrong. The medium can be treated as more than a hobby, but it doesn't have to be.
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An hour with Randy Pitchford

winstoninabox

3 years ago

@GAmbrose
"From what I understand, Blomkamp is going to ignore Aliens 3 completely, and make a sequel as if Aliens was the last film.

Which is a much better way of doing things, if you're going to ret-con."

Superman Returns says hello.
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Meet the man cleaning up after the Godus disaster

winstoninabox

3 years ago

@PlugMonkey
So basically you think gamers should've known better and PM wasn't intentionally taking money under false pretenses. If that's how you want to read this situation where thousands of pounds have changed hands with the expectation of thousands more to follow, yet numerous promises connected to those pounds haven't been fulfilled, or, in the case the contest winner from two years ago, haven't even been begun, then that's your choice.

Edit: because of iPhone
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winstoninabox

3 years ago

@PlugMonkey
"but when has he ever 'taken people's money'"

PM is not a charity that people donated to. He asked people for money on Kickstarter in exchange for a promised game. He sold hammers as DLC in Curiosity (one was thousands of £s) and promised a life-changing prize, something which has never even existed. He even had the winner sign a contract. That he seems a bumbling dreamer who is unable to manage his financial affairs is the reason, not a get out of jail free card.
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Destiny: The Taken King promotional Red Bull quest and bonus XP detailed

winstoninabox

3 years ago

If I were to show you a can of Redbull now, you'd throw money at the screen.
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Urban Chaos: Riot Response was Rocksteady's pre-Batman crime crackdown

winstoninabox

3 years ago

@kevboard It really depends on one's experience whether it was tarnished by this or not. I played it on PS3 and had no problems with the game or any of the DLC. I thought it was a fantastic fourth entry in the trilogy, but realize that not everyone was so lucky. I also liked the younger Batman, his interactions with Alfred, and the 8 killers storyline. I'd certainly recommend it to anyone who likes the Rocksteady games.

Edit: typos and grammar
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The Last Guardian lives! Still directed by Fumito Ueda

winstoninabox

3 years ago

Praise the sun \o/
Sorry, wrong game.
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Bethesda removes paid mods in Skyrim

winstoninabox

3 years ago

If the intention was to allow modders to profit from their work, then why didn't Valve talk to some of the modders for suggestions on how best to do that. Instead, this looks like suits from each company sat down, and without consultation with the very people they were hoping to benefit, decided what was best for them. And for them.
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Here's your first look at Cliff Bleszinski's new game

winstoninabox

3 years ago

@Hiya I recommend the Borderlands series. You'll care a lot.
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Rich Stanton on: Requiem for a dreamer

winstoninabox

3 years ago

@spamdangled

I think you've confused me with some other conversation you're having.
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winstoninabox

3 years ago

@spamdangled

"Molyneux would win that court case in a heart beat, due to no date being stipulated."

No, he would not. No due date does not mean what you think it means. Claims in court, and I'm speaking from personal experince, are not settled by one party saying, 'The contract had no due date, so I've got forever'. The court would look *very* unfavorably at the broken communication and *very* unfavorably at the ignoring or Bryan's attempts to reestablish communication. Coupled with the time frame since the contest was completed, the lack of progress PM has made in fulfilling anything at all on his side of the bargain, and now Konrad coming out and saying in a forum that he thinks it unlikely that multiplayer will ever be working, well... If you think that Bryan isn't looking at a win then we'll just have to agree to disagree.
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winstoninabox

3 years ago

@spamdangled

"im not aaying that Molyneux is above criticism for Godus, but at least get your facts right."

Let's look at the facts. The contest was 2 years ago. A contract was signed, and it may well be open-ended as to the delivery date. The conditions of the prize have in the media at least gone from a claimed length of 5-10 years to 6 months, to possibly less than that if other players 'dethrone' the god. However, PM has never had the prize. 22cans ceased communicating with the prize winner about a year ago and the prize winner himself has given up on communicating with them after the repeated silences. The actual software that is needed to begin the prize has not even begun to be written let alone tested. Is that less grey enough for you?

So yes, it could be as you state. But if Bryan Henderson wanted to make a claim in court I wouldn't like to be PM.

"Perhps then level those points at the people, including those in these very comments, saying otherwise and claiming he took the money and ran and saying in app purchases were fraud."

Initially you decided to respond to me, and not the other way around. So how about you save your advice for yourself. And once again I'll remind you that I didn't say that the in-app purchases were fraud.
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winstoninabox

3 years ago

@spamdangled

"yes, i forgot the bit where..."

No, the bit you forgot was, and I'm going to put it in one sentence this time so you can focus all your powers of concentration on it, *PM took money from people to take part in a contest, yet 2 years later he has never given the prize*.

Everything else is immaterial. It doesn't matter whether he made money or not, whether he invested his own money or not, whether he used in-app purchases or not, and it certainly doesn't matter that those who paid money did so voluntarily.

The really weird thing about this is the prize. At no time before, during, or after the contest has he ever actually had the prize to give away. And if the people working on the prize are to be believed, it may never ever come into existence. He has sold the lion skin that he never had.
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