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Uncanny games with hidden rooms

wizbob

50 minutes ago

You can consider the hidden room as the part of the game lying outside the rules that then creates the illusion of a real or unbounded world.

The first substantial one I encountered was the game Lightfarce, hidden inside Zub on the Spectrum. A £2.99 budget game was an entirely unexpected place to encounter a whole extra shooter.

The most recent example that stood out for me was the missing floor at the Hound's Pit in Dishonored. I spent a good while looking at that building from all angles.

I think the nature of 'hidden rooms' has changed with internet culture - now it's more likely to be hidden lore. A great example are the cryptozoology fakes that were released alongside Shadow of the Colossus.
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Google Stadia hands-on: streaming analysis and controller impressions

wizbob

4 days ago

Games are going to be more like hits constructed for Spotify or Instagram posts - cool stuff happens in the first few minutes and then some fun stuff to screen grab and share with your friends. Followed by cliffhangers, grinding and spun-out plots to keep you streaming.

On the plus side, Micro transactions, Steam and DRM are on the way out.

Also, imagine a pay-to-play model where the game had to shout to get your attention in seconds and then rinsed you with stupid difficulty spikes. Also imagine you had to go to a dark basement that stank of cigarettes to play... Well you see where I'm going with this. Sometimes change produces cool new things.
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Original X-COM creator faces backlash after signing Epic Games store exclusive deal for Phoenix Point

wizbob

1 week ago

@Seafort Enjoy your no-game.
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Lovecraft-inspired detective horror The Sinking City showcases its investigative tools

wizbob

3 weeks ago

I must go back and finish the last Sherlock Holmes game.

The only worrying bit so far in these previews has been the section shooting those grey spider/octopus things.
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80 Days developer Inkle is on fine form in Heaven's Vault

wizbob

4 weeks ago

That does look unusual!
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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's loot box controversy highlights the tension between developer and publisher

wizbob

1 month ago

@ElNoches442 Maybe brain give tactical advantage over word salad comment guy?
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wizbob

1 month ago

"While our financial results for 2018 were the best in our history, we didn't realise our full potential ... Our 2019 outlook assumes that we will not improve in-game monetisation as quickly as we would like"

Nobody should buy anything from these parasites.
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How Viktor Antonov turned from building cities to planets

wizbob

1 month ago

Sad to see Antonov's genius wasted on MMO Skinner-box bullshit but at least he's still in the game. Hope Arkane announce something soon.
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Crackdown 3 review: the series' simple genius remains elusive

wizbob

1 month ago

'padded-VHS-video-case', now that Is a very specific invocation!
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The impossible architecture of video games

wizbob

1 month ago

@KlingonDouchebag 'oriented' literally means 'pointing east' - do Americans say 'let me orient myself' or 'I had a westerly oriention'?

Also 'asking for a friend' is dull and just draws attention your lack thereof. It's as annoying as "Here's the thing"
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AMD Radeon 7 review: taking the fight to RTX 2080

wizbob

1 month ago

@thestage 'playable' is the impressive bit, something Intel have been striving to do for decades.

Ray tracing is the real deal, everything else is just hacks, tricks or stupid LEDs on cards.
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WarGroove review - a forensic recreation of some all-time classics

wizbob

2 months ago

@Jimjamyaha Me neither - relationship building, feeding pokemon - way too much filler in Fire Emblem.
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EA buckles in Belgium, stops selling FIFA Points following loot box gambling pressure

wizbob

2 months ago

I don't normally take any notice of publisher behaviour, but using a loophole to make billions from children gambling is highly unethical.

Hopefully the EU can close this down in time to prosecute EA management under the statute of limitations.
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On the awful thrill of a good maze

wizbob

2 months ago

@Saltedfish

I have one of his klein bottles! He send a very nice note with it too. I also read 'Red Thread' the Charlotte Higgins book just before Christmas - it's more like a collection of thoughts or small essays than a book, but there are some nice ideas in there and a potted history of Crete.

Mazes are very interesting in the third person, i.e. from an overhead viewpoint but utterly boring from the 1st person, i.e. inside a maze. Like someone else posted, my first experience of a real maze was a glass one at closing time and that has coloured my view of them since.

Metaphorical mazes or thinking of other activities in terms of mazes is still interesting to me and very applicable to games or programming in general. 'Red Thread' covered Turf Mazes and Cathedral Mazes but missed out on literary mazes, word machines for calculating outcomes like Ramon Llul's Ars Magna or Roussel's 'New Impressions of Africa'. Jonathan Swift even included one in Gulliver's Travels. These were sort of forerunners of computer programs. The Ars Magna was intended to present answers to a series of questions that would ultimately convince heathens to convert to Christianity.

Also, for a structure we don't use much ourselves, we seem to love testing other animal's intelligence by dumping them in mazes!
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Detention dev unveils Devotion, a first-person historical horror inspired by East Asian folk culture

wizbob

2 months ago

Looks a lot more interesting than the usual insane asylum/abandoned hospital rubbish that passes for horror.
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Nintendo may move away from home console development, says company president

wizbob

3 months ago

'Focus on theme parks and movies' sounds like when Xbox decided to focus on TV. He needs to consult with the spirit of Iwata
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wizbob

3 months ago

@Scottoest

Do you honestly think they'd put Zelda on an Xbox? Who would buy it?
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Eurogamer's game of the year 2018 is Tetris Effect

wizbob

3 months ago

@chilon 'less hardcore gamers'? Computer games are something you play on the sofa before you go to bed. Get some perspective.
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Doom designer John Romero's next big project will be revealed tomorrow

wizbob

3 months ago

Is he going to get #metoo'd for making us his bitch again?
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Steam revises revenue share policy to let "big game" developers keep more of their profits

wizbob

4 months ago

I use Gog a lot but Steam have no real competitor. The EU Competition Authority should be looking into this. 30% is a huge percentage for a middleman to take.
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Nintendo shuts down Zelda: Skyward Sword Switch port reports

wizbob

4 months ago

Skyward Sword was hampered by the fact that the Wii couldn't manage an open world.
The original promise was that you could leap off your mount at any point, I'd love to see a complete remaster that goes back to the original design concept.
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Several hours in, Call of Cthulhu doesn't seem that scary

wizbob

5 months ago

@Les Lovecraft adopted a particular style to suit the material he was writing. As a stylist he was often hired to rewrite other authors stories. You might not like his style but that's a matter of taste. Many authors, from Jorge Luis Borges to Michel Houllebecq rate him.

If you have not personally read any of his stories, I'd recommend the Rats in the Walls or Pickman's Model as a good starting point.
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wizbob

5 months ago

Seems fair enough, I'm still interested. "his nameless horror has a name" made me laugh, still the best writing in gaming.
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Here's the nifty title sequence for Double Fine's animated Costume Quest TV show

wizbob

5 months ago

Played Costume Quest earlier this week with my kids, so charming that I can't believe there aren't more Halloween games.
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Rockstar trumpets $725m Red Dead Redemption 2 sales

wizbob

5 months ago

@Number1Laing That's a very naive view of the workplace. It's a small reputation-driven industry where you are only as good as your last game.
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How brutalism has shaped games

wizbob

5 months ago

Is it the moral dimension that excludes nazi architecture like the todt organisation structures from brutalism? The lineage is undeniable.

Also it is very noticeable that most of these articles reference Dishonored, the most exquisitely researched game of the last decade.

Great article, will have to check out Naissance and Fugue in Void.
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Red Dead Redemption 2's full map leaked

wizbob

5 months ago

Well weapon!
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Handheld Dark Souls is every bit as brilliant as you'd have hoped

wizbob

5 months ago

@captain-T-dawg They have little in common other than being on the switch.
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Return of the Obra Dinn review - prepare to be transported

wizbob

5 months ago

People like Lucas Pope risk their life savings to invest in new game ideas and art styles.

I can guarantee other indie games will borrow the successful ones and they will eventually turn up in a dessicated form in AAA games. I'll be buying this!
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Being openly political in games is "bad for business", The Division developer says

wizbob

5 months ago

@bad09 I take that back. The proportion of idiot gamers on the internet may not reflect the views of the silent majority of people who play games. They still represent an unpleasantly large part of the internet-posting gaming community.

It really annoys me when people won't own the fact that they are racist misogynists. At least kkk guys with swastika tattoos have some integrity and don't whine.
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wizbob

5 months ago

@bad09 The game-playing demographic is a lot larger than the game development demographic and they don't map closely to each other, in terms of age, politics or any other identity.

If you haven't noticed the puerile politics playing out in the gaming community over the last few years then you probably aren't on the Internet enough.
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wizbob

5 months ago

@BenFoster I'd like if games like Call of Duty could inculcate civilised values whilst leaving games I like alone.
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wizbob

5 months ago

Most developers are reasonably smart and educated so they are unlikely to align with the demographic that use expressions like 'libtard' or 'leftist'. Unfortunately mouth breathing shut-ins make up a considerable proportion of the gaming market so developers try not to frighten the horses.
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Rockstar attempts to defuse 100-hour work week controversy amid storm of criticism

wizbob

5 months ago

GTAV is still in the charts. If Rockstar aren't hiring enough people to do the work or paying bonuses then they deserve some backlash.
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wizbob

5 months ago

@Murton I'm surprised they gave advanced notice of crunch - would that not give employees an idea of how long they could expect to work normal hours before interviewing with other companies?
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wizbob

5 months ago

@mrk142 Gantt charts? They haven't been a thing in software development in decades. I'd presume most game developers work to an interative model just by the nature of the product.
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Traps, treasure and ancient tomb raiders

wizbob

5 months ago

The Hypogeum in Malta has steps ending in pits and a 'leap of faith' at one point. Several of the pits are egg-shaped with walls that curve inwards, making climbing out tricky. It's a lot less dangerous looking with artificial lighting but must have been tricky when it was in use.

I'm sure I have read about some Eqyptian tombs having false endings and narrowing tunnels. Traps didn't have to be very elaborate if they were underground or in confined spaces.
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Google and Xbox just started the next platform war

wizbob

5 months ago

If game streaming has the same impact as other forms of streaming it will mean really cheap or free access to games and games becoming less memorable or distinctive.

As Marshal Mcluhan would point out, the game and the player will change to suit the medium. Perhaps games that hook you in the first 30 seconds and then have some mechanics for dissuading you from turning it off as long as possible. Plus ads and privacy-gouging end user licences.
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Games really need to fall out of love with Lovecraft

wizbob

5 months ago

@Les Maybe you are thinking of Bloodbourne. Lo ecraft's stories deal with atavism, the stewardship of the earth and what it means to be human in a coldly rational infinite universe.
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wizbob

5 months ago

@gruianovac That's where you fascists on the right meet the self-righteous bigots on the left; deciding on who can be the arbiters of 'vice' on behalf of the public.

I do agree with your last sentiment though, art is a weapon and artists are terrorists.
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wizbob

6 months ago

@Les de gustibus non est disputandum
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wizbob

6 months ago

We're going to get two decent efforts at a Lovecraft game in the next couple of months, the Chaosium Call of Cthulhu and The Sinking City. The vast majority of horror games use the same old zombie/vampire/ghost clichés that universal studios were trotting out in the 50s.

I don't think there are enough Lovecraftian games, especially when re-imagined in the present day like the Secret World or given a genre twist like the excellent pixellated The Last Door.
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wizbob

6 months ago

@Cazalinghua I'd hardly characterise the article as Liberal, no matter how you define the term. I also don't think you need to consider stories admired by Jorge Luis Borges, Joyce Carol Oates, Micheal Houllebecq or Alan Moore a guilty pleasure.
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wizbob

6 months ago

@wdlewis47 I'd love a Farrakhan-inspired horror game or even a nuwabian science fiction cult experience, but let's face it, it would feel like Lovecraft because he is the innovator who staked out that territory.
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wizbob

6 months ago

@Les Lovecraft's innovation was that he moved away from the superstitious scary monsters of old and towards 'undescribable' abstract horrors. His stories are still worth checking out.
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wizbob

6 months ago

@CosmicFann01 No they have not. Actually reading the stories and developing an individual nuanced view is beyond the author.

As Oscar Wilde said, there are no good or bad books, only well-written or badly written ones. I hope the philistine who wrote this article never comes across De Sade, Huysmann, Burroughs or even Brett Easton Ellis - he might go mad.
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wizbob

6 months ago

@Onagiro important for clicks.
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wizbob

6 months ago

This kind of nasty uninformed bigotry has no place above the line in Eurogamer.

Even a cursory overview of Lovecraft's life will reveal the enormous moral journey he made.

Also, you should perhaps consider reading some of Robert Chambers work before you mindlessly promote him in an article

I'm very saddened that the most important horror writer of the 20th century has been reduced to a list of third-hand clichés of racism and tentacle-monsters.
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How survival horror reinvented itself

wizbob

6 months ago

@neems I don't know why you have to go to Japanese cinema for psychological horror. Jacques Tourneur pretty much invented the genre with 'The Cat People' and 'Night of the Demon' and 'The Little Stranger' is in the cinemas this week, an excellent haunted house film.
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Spider-Man and Sunset Overdrive share a secret ingredient

wizbob

6 months ago

Stop saying "Here's the thing". Christian Donlan, I'm disappointed at you resorting to cliche!
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