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The Ultimate year: 12 months that forged a legend

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13 hours ago

I know all these games and their place in the history of games development. I never realised that the Stamper brothers wrote them all in one year. Amazing.
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Disgraced Donkey Kong champ Billy Mitchell releases statement

wizbob

1 week ago

@InJo Didn't stop you from putting your oar in though!

For what it's worth, I consider this major gaming news.
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Why the games media has a diversity problem - this website especially

wizbob

2 weeks ago

@AnsemsApprentice Games on PC and consoles? I'd say hundreds of thousands. I wonder if there are Steam stats.
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2 weeks ago

I presume most diverse candidates will be poached from eurogamer to fulfill diversity quotas in more prestigious or deep-pocketed organisations.
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The return of Randy Smith and the state of the immersive sim

wizbob

4 weeks ago

He might have a point about saturation; after Dishonored 2 and Death of the Outsider, I haven't really been bothered to get stuck into Prey.

I love Viktor Antonov's work but probably won't be arsed with a third-person MMO shooter.
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Arcade dire: the past, present and future of video game movies

wizbob

1 month ago

Wreck-It-Ralph was pretty good. I doubt you'll see any better, most game cutscenes are almost unbearable.

Action sequences in films are now heavily influenced by games, but not in a good way.
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The history of violence buried deep in Far Cry 5's landscape

wizbob

1 month ago

@Manuka Why don't you make a game about that? Then we can talk.
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1 month ago

@JohnnyThunders Yep, some people think when they're playing the game, some people just play the game.
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wizbob

1 month ago

@Manuka Are you actually part of Father Seed's cult? You're laying it on a bit thick with this "dumb games fer dumb people" schtick.

Also this is a British review of a French companies'game - it is _about_ Americans but not *by* Americans.
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wizbob

1 month ago

Really good article, maybe the best writing about games that I have seen. I'm not sure that Far Cry 5 will wear that level of analysis when it comes out, even though they are obviously shooting for something a bit more substantial than the usual videogame pabulum.

Games aren't the ideal medium for exploring issues like colonialism, they are better suited to dealing with concepts like agency, subjectivity or perspective. I think that's one of the reasons Far Cry 3 came a cropper; it tried to combine both and got jumbled in execution.

Bigger themes work best when they emerge from the gameplay rather than when they explicitly written in. That's why an arcade game like Total Carnage says more to me about foreign policy than, say, Spec Ops The Line (I enjoyed both!).
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Far Cry 5 review - a competent yet conflicted open worlder

wizbob

1 month ago

@X-Alucard The political agenda is new, the gameplay is the same as the last few Far Cry iterations. I think too much of the review was spent on the boring perks and weapons. Doesn't sound like the politics is up to much either though.
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Shadow of the Tomb Raider is "climatic finale of Lara Croft's origin story"

wizbob

1 month ago

Geothermal valley & the prison level in Rise were boring & ugly. Glad to see her back in South America. I hope there are some changes of scenery this time, and maybe a T Rex.
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Captain Toad headed to Nintendo Switch and 3DS

wizbob

2 months ago

I might get this for the 3DS instead of the Switch - I miss getting 3d games.
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Why can't we forget Lovecraft?

wizbob

2 months ago

The pearl-clutching preciousness of criticisng Lovecraft for racism is getting very old.

It reminds me of when a poster asks why eurogamer is full of dildo ads and the next post explains that ads are selected based on your browsing history.

Not particularly embarrassing for Eurogamer as they are merely parroting criticism they have read elsewhere, but it is nevertheless true that we obsess on the aspect of Lovecraft that best matches our times. (or at least America's times, most of the discourse is imported from there).

The late, great Mark Fisher published a good essay about Lovecraft last year if anyone is interested in fresh ideas about him. Check out 'The Weird and the Eerie'.
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What medieval bestiaries tell us about Monster Hunter World

wizbob

2 months ago

Describing a European bestiary as 'eurocentric' is a tautology, unless you are implying some kind of value judgement. Good article though, what about monopods who shade themselves at noon with their giant foot or those guys with their faces embedded in their chests?
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Kingdom Come: Deliverance review - history is a double-edged sword

wizbob

2 months ago

Old man riled up by heavy metal t-shirt.
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Crossing Souls review - pitch-perfect 80s nostalgia trip

wizbob

2 months ago

Sopunds great! I assume a Switch port will be straightforward, I don't think I want to sit at the PS4 for this.
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Super Nt review: a SNES for the 21st century

wizbob

2 months ago

I use pi2scart with RetroPi for 240p - there's no lag and uniracers runs just fine.

There's no need to denigrate the Pi to make the Super NT look good. I use a real NES and if I had space for everything else I would not need a Pi at all. I doubt that I could pass a blind test between Darkwing Duck running on the Pi or the original hardware though.
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There's a Dishonored 2 graphic novel out this month

wizbob

2 months ago

Much as I love Dishonored, story was not the strong point and that artwork fails to capture the atmosphere. I recommend the Dishonored 2 art book to anyone jonesing for an Empire of the Isles fix.
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Yes, Bandai Namco is working on Metroid Prime 4

wizbob

3 months ago

@georgeioakeimidis That's precisely what you do - get your best teams working on new IP and hand over existing franchises. What's the alternative, have your A team burn out iterating on an existing franchise and hope the B team pull a miracle? Bless you!
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The Virtual Console's continued absence on Switch is creating some exciting possibilities

wizbob

3 months ago

The 16:9 aspect ratio is tricky for anything up to GameCube era
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Luck and wartime spirit converge in a game made of brass

wizbob

4 months ago

I bought one of those spinning dice in Burma. It wouldn't surprise me if the brass one came from there - they love things made in brass.
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Nintendo Switch hits 10m sales in nine months

wizbob

4 months ago

@the_ewan Ok, I'll bite. My PS4 is the worst handheld I have ever owned. Just about usable with an external power supply and small monitor but the games still take ages to start and save so I nearly always miss my stop.

Sony aren't going to last another generation if they don't sort these problems out.
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The metaphysics of Dishonored

wizbob

5 months ago

@peppergomez The game doesn't reward combat, really it's a precursor to the game over screen. More interesting storis and possibilities emerge if you don't get involved in fights.
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GOG unearths Jazz Jackrabbit and Epic Pinball

wizbob

5 months ago

Why does CliffyB get the credit for Jazz Jackrabbit rather Arjan Brussel?

After all it's the debut of smooth scrolling on the PC that is impressive here, the design document probably just says 'anthropomorphised rabbit jumps on platforms'.
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A brief history of 2000AD's 8-bit games

wizbob

5 months ago

@MrTomFTW Nemesis was great. Or at least the best of the 2000ad licences.
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New report paints Visceral's cancelled Star Wars project as troubled from the off

wizbob

6 months ago

Isn't "Star Wars Uncharted" enough of a unique selling point?!?

I don't think we're getting the full picture here. :(
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Super Mario Galaxy, the Nintendo game that landed from another star

wizbob

6 months ago

The rim lighting and spherical world art direction had a huge impact even beyond the world of gaming, you could see it in cinema, advertising and animation too. The Irish lottery logo is still directly stolen from the galaxy shine.
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I'd like to think that some people who bought a Wii for tennis or Wii-Fit became gamers after being exposed to Mario Galaxy.
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Dishonored: Death of the Outsider review

wizbob

6 months ago

The Turkish-baths-repurposed-as-a-boxing-ring level drips atmosphere and the contracts are a substantial addition. Some humour in there to leaven things out too.
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wizbob

7 months ago

I don't have time to play this yet but I'm going to buy it full-price anyway. The Dishonored art direction is probably my favourite thing in gaming in the last few years.

Dishonored and Prey haven't been selling well so if you want more games like this, now is the time to lend your support.
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EA has shut down Visceral Games

wizbob

6 months ago

The Curse of Star Wars 1313! We're half way into a decent Star Wars trilogy with only two reskinned online shooters to show for it. Could we at least get a "Rey's Speeder racer" and "Maz Kanata Stories"?
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A rare look at how Nintendo built Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Hyrule

wizbob

7 months ago

@PoundTheMound I can't think of a single game with plot or characters that would impress anyone over the age of twelve.

Nintendo deliberately underwrite their characters to keep the focus on the games. What kind of a plumber is Mario? What does Link sound like?

Nobody cares and Nintendo know that, unlike say Naughty Dog who spend time worrying about what Dirk or Brad or whatever his name is in TLoU before he began his career of smashing zombie faces into walls.
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wizbob

7 months ago

@PoundTheMound yeah, because that's what's important in a computer game - the characters.
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DF Retro: we play every single Doom console conversion

wizbob

7 months ago

@Wren-Rudo 'technically'? I have wheeled it out several times to play on my spectrum+2. I think there's a second port and recently 'The Dark', plenty of fps action on the Spectrum.
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Firewatch dev threatens Pewdiepie video takedown, following YouTube star's use of N-word

wizbob

8 months ago

Does he burn crosses and lynch people? No. But he is a racist by the standard definition of hating on minorities. At best he provides cover for serious supremacists and their recruiting efforts.

Whether he means it or not or has thought deeply about it is irrelevant - he's getting rich off being famous, so he can reap the whirlwind. Maybe in the end his grisly death will be an even more effective lesson about racism and its consequences.
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Sunless Skies is a very British garden of horrors

wizbob

8 months ago

Sounds perfect for an Android game.
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Near mint: A conversation with game collectors

wizbob

8 months ago

4 or 5 figure price tags for Neo Geo games just go to show how important the emulation community is. Would SNK even be able shift android ports of the Metal Slug series of emulation hadn't kept the game in view for the intervening decades?

I love playing on original hardware for timing and accuracy but I mostly use everdrive carts now. I'd never have got into it without mame, etc.

Still buy boxed games and love the Switch cartridges. In 20 years all that will be left of this era will be unpatched Ubisoft discs, dead MMO clients and Zelda BoTW.
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Sundered review

wizbob

9 months ago

It's hard to pass by a game review by an American without mentioning the fact that his ancestors probably murdered Native Americans and definitely plundered their land and that he now lives off the spoils.

Whilst there is no denying that Lovecraft was particularly racist, even for his time, reactionary journalists often fail to mention that he went on to marry a Jewish woman and then recanted his earlier views in now-published correspondence. He also died young, so it is not like he had a particularly long time to develop his views and communicate that in his stories.
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Crash magazine returns with a crowdfunded annual

wizbob

9 months ago

I have been playing quite a lot of the new Spectrum games and would love to see in-depth reviews and interviews in a magazine format. Thanks to incredible programmers like Einar Saukas, Spectrum games have come a long way. New toolchains, emulators and graphics engines mean that developers can concentrate on creating gameplay and designs that reflect what we have learned over the last twenty years.

Check out The Dark, El Stompo, Castlevania Spectral Interlude or Dead Flesh Boy.

https://sites.google.com/site/speccy21/home
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Radiohead fans find mysterious ZX Spectrum Easter egg in OK Computer's new C90 cassette

wizbob

10 months ago

Alas Syd has died since.
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Retro City Rampage dev's Shakedown Hawaii trumps its predecessor in new trailer

wizbob

10 months ago

Lovely, looks like a move from 8bit to 16bit - if there was some kind of crazy super-neogeo.

I hope he eventually finds time to finish the NES Rom City Rampage - I've played it on my 3DS but I'd love to play it on actual NES hardware.
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Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501VI with Nvidia Max-Q GTX 1080 review

wizbob

10 months ago

@UncleLou Razer are probably the closest to Apple design that you can get with a decent video card. Most of them seem to have really ugly keyboard fonts but that's a minor gripe.
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wizbob

10 months ago

This is exactly what I'm looking for except without the ugly keyboard, styling and logo on the front. I wish someone would hire the VAIO designers because the Americans and South Koreans have no taste whatsoever.
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Call of Cthulhu looks suitably creepy in its E3 trailer

wizbob

10 months ago

@Decap Novels? Bland? You must be thinking of someone else. HP Lovecraft wrote OTT short stories for pulp mags.
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Dishonored: Death of the Outsider standalone expansion announced

wizbob

11 months ago

Great news! Leather Jacket and a Hoodie though, they're losing their eye for period detail.
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We asked a landscape designer to analyse The Witcher 3, Mass Effect and Dishonored

wizbob

11 months ago

Lovely article, I'd love to see the author go deeper with the use of Romanticism and the sublime in landscape level design. Also, it's interesting that familiar plantings are used to make the world of the Witcher more real, and I suppose to help show the scale of the Citadel architecture.
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Thief studio boss mocks report of series revival

wizbob

11 months ago

I enjoyed Thief 4 (apart from the Canadian accents) and I thought it had some pretty good ideas. They should have released it as a new IP though, to avoid all the grief from the stealth-masochists with the rose-tinted glasses.

Dishonored has elements of Thief but it is a much more interesting world to hang around in. Thief purists are probably better off sticking with the fan-made levels as I doubt there is a market for a game that involves a punishing slog around crude medieval-themed boxy environments. Maybe Styx is a bit like that - did anyone see the hilarious Styx cutscene in Paul Verhoeven's 'Elle'?

I am playing through the second Deus Ex at the moment and struggling to understand how something so charmless got such a charmless sequel. Still, it must be doing something right because I'm still playing it.
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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia review

wizbob

11 months ago

'Fulsome' - that word does not mean what you think it means.
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Good games done slow

wizbob

12 months ago

One of my pet peeves is reused oil paintings. Why not take a whole bunch of them off Wikipedia rather than using the same 3 across your entire game?
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From RIGS to Röki, a point-and-click adventure

wizbob

12 months ago

The art style is nice if a bit mannered. I'm not a big fan of Scandinavian folklore or Babadook but I love point and click so I hope it turns out well.
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