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And while I thought Titanfall would be a huge Xbox One exclusive, turns out that it's coming to PC, too.

1 year, 5 months ago on Impressions: Microsoft E3 Press Conference

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It's interesting that the most compelling thing to come out of the conference, though, wasn't the conference at all. It's that they cancelled the post-conference roundtable. So now the important questions are still lingering.

1 year, 5 months ago on Impressions: Microsoft E3 Press Conference

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I'm glad they spent a lot more time talking about games, but I didn't hear the word "exclusive" very much. Some stuff did look solid, though, like MGSV and Titanfall, but sounds like even Titanfall is coming to PC. Surprise from Killer Instinct, but that's not a console-seller. Twitch partnership is a big deal.

$500. Ugh. Not really surprised but not thrilled, either. And they certainly didn't want to touch the controversial elements, especially the DRM fiasco. Not a good sign that they cancelled their post-conference roundtable.

So yeah, we saw games, but the important questions are still hanging in the air.

1 year, 5 months ago on E3 2013 | Microsoft Conference Live Blog

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@DefHalan Apologies for the broken link. It's been fixed

1 year, 5 months ago on Review | Sniper Elite V2 (Wii U)

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@Suburban_Hell @bowlingotter And yes, gaming journalism is far from respected in its current state.

1 year, 9 months ago on Five Gaming Culture Personalities to Know

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@Suburban_Hell @bowlingotter Everyone gets advertisements to pay for programming. It's when a GAME is paying for programming that there's a problem. Every time. It's not like Slim Jim was promoting a game. Doritos and Mountain Dew were heavily promoting Halo 4 at the time.

There needs to be  strict line between journalism and press. In gaming right now, there isn't. It's obviously not just Keighly, but as a respected journalist, he was expected to be one who would distance himself from it. He didn't. Easier said that done, of course, but the message is sent.

Until there's a stronger line drawn, there's always going to be questions about how press influences journalism in gaming. Such questions are rampant right now. This is why a big deal has been made, and should be made. And bigger deals should be made if gaming journalism is ever to be respected.

1 year, 9 months ago on Five Gaming Culture Personalities to Know

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@Suburban_Hell Entirely missing the point by focusing on the food. Would anyone care if Roger Ebert did an Oreo commercial? Of course not. But if he did an Oreo commercial while they were clearly running a huge Zero Dark Thirty campaign, the film critic industry would lose its shit, and rightly so.

Actually, when our more prominent faces in the field show that they have been "bought," they lose huge amounts of credibility. It's NOT something that happens with regularity. If Jeff Gerstmann or Kevin VanOrd showed the same poor judgment, they'd be vilified, too. But they didn't. Geoff Keighley did, and he rightly loses credibility in doing so.

1 year, 9 months ago on Five Gaming Culture Personalities to Know

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@Suburban_Hell The picture symbolizes the uncomfortable link between gaming PR and journalism.  It's hard to take it out of context when it's clearly a promotional campaign for Halo. Not the kind of place you'd like to see a respectable journalist's face.

1 year, 9 months ago on Five Gaming Culture Personalities to Know

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@Suburban_Hell Certainly not Geoff Keighley. He has unfortunately turned over to the dark side. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-10-24-lost-humanity-18-a-table-of-doritos

I would give a shoutout to Angry Joe though.

1 year, 9 months ago on Five Gaming Culture Personalities to Know

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I enjoy the active inventory, so I like not being able to necessarily pause in a game like Demon's Souls or Dark Souls. But at the same time, I wouldn't mind just throwing a black screen for a pause prompt.

But I certainly agree that all cinematics in all games should be pause-able. I think the newer Final Fantasy games do a good job with that.

2 years ago on On Pausing/Skipping in Games – Needs to Be Mandatory

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@Suburban_Hell Indeed it is. Borderlands is really the FPS for the RPG/loot fan

2 years ago on Let’s Play Tuesday! Married Borderlands Part 1: Snifer Apple

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@MDKII Sega Master System! I was so jealous of the only kid on my block that had that thing. Seemed so much cooler and more exclusive than my NES at the time. Of course it looks a bit different in hindsight. :-)

2 years, 2 months ago on Are There Some Games You’ll Never Get Rid Of?

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It's Valve - They'll come up with something awesome that has the whole gaming internet in a buzz.

But honestly, they could just post - "HL3 [release date]" and I'd be happy.

2 years, 3 months ago on Valve Can No Longer Simply Announce Half-Life 3

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@stealth2k The 3DS is a Nintendo console. Nintendo is hardly a new name on the scene. There are no established "Ouya" franchises to leverage. And yet, Square-Enix and Namco Bandai are still dipping their toes in the water. Yes, that matters.

And no: There is no difference between seeing if it "has potential" and seeing if it "can make money." There's no difference because they're seeing if it "has potential to make money." For an investor, there's no other thing that they should rightly be worrying about.

2 years, 3 months ago on Ouya 2nd most successful Kickstarter ever

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@stealth2k The importance is much less in the title of the game as it is the publisher at this early stage. Clearly, if a publisher sees profit from putting their "test" titles in play, they'll offer more. The foot in the door is the most important part, and that's established.

Also, it's important to remember that there's not even a release date for the Ouya yet. Any specific details you and I think we know are irrelevant as nothing has been officially announced. Again, the system isn't a failure until it's released and no one buys it. As that hasn't happened yet, it's not a failure yet. It's healthy to be skeptical, but also reasonable.

2 years, 3 months ago on Ouya 2nd most successful Kickstarter ever

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@stealth2k When you start throwing in names like Mojang, Square-Enix, Namco Bandai, and OnLive, the idea is obviously turning heads. It'll be a while before we find out specifics. Regardless, it doesn't fail until it's released and doesn't pan out.

2 years, 3 months ago on Ouya 2nd most successful Kickstarter ever

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@stealth2k I understand what you were saying. But it needs to be given a chance to fail before it actually become a failure. Now we're in wait-and-see mode.

2 years, 3 months ago on Ouya 2nd most successful Kickstarter ever

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@stealth2k Well it's certainly not a failure yet.

2 years, 3 months ago on Ouya 2nd most successful Kickstarter ever

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@Suburban_Hell You know, we were wondering that. And I haven't quite figured that out. It must have been important.

2 years, 3 months ago on Let’s Play Tuesday! Married Dead Island Part 8: Herpalyderpalies

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I wish they'd just included the second circle pad in this model. Forced accessory.

2 years, 4 months ago on Nintendo Reveals 3DS XL Will Get Its Own Circle Pad Pro

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I'm not sure I buy it. It'll probably be half a decade before a new Nintendo handheld is introduced. A slimmer 3DS, a bigger 3DS, a 3DS with a second circle pad, these are all sure-sells that would be too tempting for Nintendo to pass up.

2 years, 5 months ago on 3DS Hardware Revisions Are Unlikely

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This is wild

2 years, 5 months ago on Crytek is going free-to-play Forever

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I LOVED this game when it first came out, poured a ton of hours into it. I also stopped before it went free-to-play though. Maybe I'll revisit it as well

2 years, 5 months ago on The Backlog: City of Heroes

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I LOVE this development. EA MMA was much better than THQ's UFC games.

2 years, 5 months ago on EA Sports Nabs UFC License

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Wait... Nintendo is embracing the Internet? Wut?

2 years, 5 months ago on Nintendo Direct Pre E3 2012; Miiverse is Coming

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Such a depressing situation. One of the only times I find myself rooting for EA to try to salvage something.

2 years, 6 months ago on 38 Studios is no more

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The Vita version of this is great. Pinch-to-zoom helped tremendously during the shrinking parts.

2 years, 6 months ago on The Catch-Up – Rayman: Origins

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This is neat, but I just want more games.

2 years, 6 months ago on Crystal White PlayStation Vita Announced

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Wondering how the PS3 version of this is with the Move

2 years, 6 months ago on Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13

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Whatever, I've seen enough to convince me to buy it, object scanning or no object scanning.

2 years, 6 months ago on Leaked Wii U Trailer Shows Off Rayman Legends [Update]

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This makes me sad... I never finished it. So hard.

2 years, 7 months ago on Demon’s Souls going Offline

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I've been avoiding buying Dark Souls just because I know I wouldn't have the time to play it just yet... Now I'm glad! Can't wait to get it on PC!

 

And if they re-release Demon's Souls on PC, I'll buy it again.

2 years, 7 months ago on Dark Souls PC Port Confirmed; Sony Sheds Bitter, Bitter Tears

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Yep, that's pretty much the long and short of it: a bit of a gem that was rough around the edges. I really would've liked a sequel. Bummer.

2 years, 7 months ago on The Catch-Up: Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

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Can't WAIT for this.

2 years, 7 months ago on Shadowrun Returns Reaches Goal

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This has facepalm written all over it

2 years, 7 months ago on EA is Officially the Worst American Company of 2012

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I'm ready. Gimme

2 years, 7 months ago on Wii U Release Date

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I already have this for PS3... yet I'm very tempted to get it for the Vita anyway.

2 years, 7 months ago on Vita Version of Mortal Kombat Gets A Release Date

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 @MrChrisNo1 As the video suggests, I was so disillusioned with the convoluted plot, spam-click combat, hammy voice acting, and general sloppiness that I couldn't even bring myself to keep playing. No idea how it ends, but I put in over an hour and as soon as something remotely creepy happened, the moment was ruined by one of a thousand things.

2 years, 7 months ago on Otter Glance | Afterfall: Insanity

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 @MrChrisNo1 There were many more moments of such ridiculousness. But I had to draw the line somewhere.

2 years, 7 months ago on Otter Glance | Afterfall: Insanity

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 @Lachlan Knibb This game is what sold me on anything Quantic Dream does in the future without having to know anything about it beforehand. They do leave some insane plot holes, but they just have such a way about their delivery that I'm hooked.

2 years, 8 months ago on The Backlog: Indigo Prophecy

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 @JackMakinsonSanders I definitely flirted with the idea of scoring this as a 2 and can certainly understand why someone would. I ultimately felt compelled to give it a solid nod for the approach and presentation, and quirks were forgivable for the first half of the game IMO. But it just got out of hand, especially with the combat. And the plodding pace didn't help.

2 years, 8 months ago on I Am Alive [Video Review]

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If it's a good tutorial, that will go a long way to blowing up the audience for this game. Right now, if you're a beginner, you kind of need to sit with the Minecraft Wiki next to you to get your legs under you.

2 years, 8 months ago on Minecraft Comes To The Xbox 360 On May 9th

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 @Lachlan Knibb Haha well there's certainly more where that came from. I'm glad it's entertaining someone!

2 years, 8 months ago on Let’s Play Tuesday! Married Minecraft Part 5: Chest Wheat

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This rubs me the wrong way.

2 years, 8 months ago on BioWare Addressing Mass Effect 3 Discontent

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 @kevinforgot Haha that's fair, and in that regard, if you play this game, don't get the PC version for all the reasons you stated. I don't know if it came across in the review (ha) but those particular issues pissed me off too.

2 years, 8 months ago on Syndicate [Video Review]

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 @kevinforgot I definitely wouldn't describe it as "bad" at all. If you see me rate a game at 1.5, I'm calling it bad. At 3, I'm calling it worth playing if the genre/idea is up your alley, but not really universally recommendable.

2 years, 8 months ago on Syndicate [Video Review]

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 @MrChrisNo1 Exactly. This whole situation is ludicrous.

2 years, 8 months ago on New Challenger: The Mass Effect

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I can't express just how disheartened I will be if BioWare caves and changes the ending on THEIR narrative to suit whiny gamers.

 

HEY GAMERS: GUESS WHAT? IT'S NOT YOUR ENDING. IT'S THE WRITERS'.

2 years, 8 months ago on New Challenger: The Mass Effect

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 @KeenanPayne I am so ready for a new SimCity game.

2 years, 8 months ago on SimCity in 2013

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