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Droniac responded to [GM] SocietyX comment in
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Twice the number of women play Overwatch than any other FPSTwice the number of women play Overwatch than any other FPS
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I think it's more than that. Blizzard has been on the forefront of getting females into gaming for awhile. WoW really broke open that demographic. Far as like main stream gaming in a non-mobile/Facebook sense. Blizzard marketing is just king and the very smooth gameplay and highly polished visuals and fact they always have such diversity and 'strong' women in Overwatch.

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Actually, QuanticFoundry's statistics seem to refute that notion. WoW is specifically called out as having a much smaller relative female demographic than other fantasy MMORPGs. So small that even a sci-fi MMORPG (SWTOR) has a (relatively) larger female demographic. I'll also point out that Ragnarok Online was released years before WoW...


Blizzard hasn't really pushed for diversity until they started creating games that allowed players to choose from a cast of characters. That is to say: not until Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch. WarCraft and StarCraft are if anything the opposite of diverse settings.


Blizzard makes great games, but they really haven't pushed for diversity or attracting female gamers specifically until very, very recently. And it's not like Overwatch (or WoW) is being marketed specifically towards female gamers. If anything, with the overemphasis on e-sports, Overwatch is being marketed heavily towards male gamers instead. What with competition being the primary motivation for male gamers and one of the lower ranked motivations for female gamers (again, according to QuanticFoundry)...

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Twice the number of women play Overwatch than any other FPSTwice the number of women play Overwatch than any other FPS
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Did they take Paladins into account with this? It doesn't seem like there would be any reason for there to be such a gap between Overwatch and Paladins female player percentages, because Paladins is even more colorful and imaginative. It's also exactly the same kind of accessible team shooter. All of these arguments for playing Overwatch apply equally to Paladins or Smite or even Savage.

I wonder, will Quake get a larger relative female demographic now that it has distinct Champions, a (slightly) more vibrant color palette and various imaginative new ways of killing people/traversing the environment? Somehow, I doubt it. Quake Champions is already a great game though.Reply
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I think it's more than that. Blizzard has been on the forefront of getting females into gaming for awhile. WoW really broke open that demographic. Far as like main stream gaming in a non-mobile/Facebook sense. Blizzard marketing is just king and the very smooth gameplay and highly polished visuals and fact they always have such diversity and 'strong' women in Overwatch.

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I think it might be a good idea to add some more affordable options to the flightstick category. Yes, the Thrustmaster Warthog is the best-of-the-best, but it's also the priciest-of-the-pricey and vastly over-engineered if you're just looking to enjoy space sims and the occasional flight sim.

There are alternatives, like the new Thrustmaster T.16000M FCS HOTAS, that are far more affordable and plenty suitable for all-but-the-most-hardcore of flight sim enthusiasts. That HOTAS still packs a great hall effect joystick with an excellent throttle both with solid build quality at one third the price tag.

You might also want to add a fightstick category? They're much better for fighting games than gamepads, especially Xbox controllers. And there are lots of fighting games on PC again now.Reply
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Good shout on both the cheaper flight sticks and the fightsticks! We're always working to expand our group tests, and I'm still hoping Logitech do something worthwhile with the Saitek license on both counts.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda won't get single-player DLCMass Effect: Andromeda won't get single-player DLC
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That's a shame, but not very surprising. They hadn't unveiled any DLC plans yet, which is very much not EA's style. I did like Andromeda and would've liked to see the Quarians make a return, but now I guess that'll have to wait for some potential future sequel.

I'm not sure Andromeda really needs more content. It's already about as big as the entire previous trilogy combined. I'd rather say that new content (sequel/DLC) would benefit from the foundation Andromeda has put in place. There seems to be a lot of foreshadowing in every corner of the game that could have some real potential.

In terms of DLC I'd argue that Lair of the Shadow Broker is an example of how not to do it. It was great content, but it was also essential to the core game. Without it, Liara's behavior makes no sense, and she's pretty important to the internal (semblance of a) plot of ME2.

The same can be said for From Ashes and Leviathan in ME3. Great content, that's also essential for getting the most out of the game. How would you like to play a game that's entirely about defeating the Reapers, without learning anything about their origins? Or the demise of the prior civilization at the Reaper's 'hands'? And without the most plot-relevant companion character in the entire franchise...

ME3: Omega is a better example of good DLC. It adds a lot of new content at a reasonable price, that expands upon elements of the main game and ME2. It's great DLC, but not outright mandatory for [optimally] enjoying the base game.Reply
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The weird thing is they said to pc gamer and it also on EGM that this isn't the case and the statement is false. http://www.egmnow.com/articles/news/bioware-puts-a-stop-to-mass-effect-andromeda-dlc-cancellation-rumors/


but thatwas about Dlc period. We'll see what happens though .

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Dunno what happened there... disregard this :p
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The PS4 is "like a five-year-old PC" and is holding games back, says developerThe PS4 is "like a five-year-old PC" and is holding games back, says developer
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Then how come exclusive games like The Order, Uncharted or HZD have an overall better image quality that 90% of PC exclusive titles?

Aaaaanyway, I think its important to remind people that Josef Fares is a film director first and foremost. And who has directed an astonishing number of two games so far, including A Way Out. Maybe not the authority you should listen to when it comes to gaming technology. Seriously, it sounds like Fares just talked to an actual dev who ranted about limited console specs like RAM management during the port of AWO, and is now reurgitating that for the presses.
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Yes, Horizon Zero Dawn looks better than Darkest Dungeon. I suspect budget constraints may have something to do with this strange phenomenon.


See, when one team spends 40+ million on acing visual fidelity for one specific platform and the other team doesn't even earn 1/40th of that or invest 1/100th of it while developing for a very diverse platform... that does tend to happen. One might almost think it'd be more sensible to compare similarly budgeted and over-engineered PC games like Star Citizen instead, but that would be cheating, obviously.

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BioWare reveal their new game, AnthemBioWare reveal their new game, Anthem
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The aesthetic, the logo and the robot shell reminded me so much of Titanfall 2.
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Yeah, watching that suit open up, I thought they were announcing a new Titanfall game already. To be fair, the concept of this seems much more interesting than Destiny/Division already, even before any details whatsoever... 'cuz mechs.

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Bayonetta has sold over 170k on PC - Sega say they’re “really happy with the performance”Bayonetta has sold over 170k on PC - Sega say they’re “really happy with the performance”
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Heh, meanwhile Vanquish already has nearly 40.000 units sold and it won't be out until tomorrow. This porting strategy certainly seems to be working for them.
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Last Mass Effect: Andromeda patch updated its Denuvo - pirates now stuck with tired facesLast Mass Effect: Andromeda patch updated its Denuvo - pirates now stuck with tired faces
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They didn't actually make "planet swooping" any faster, just added an option to skip it. I thought it'd be Escape, but apparently you have to use Tab to skip those animations.

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ah thanks

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Last Mass Effect: Andromeda patch updated its Denuvo - pirates now stuck with tired facesLast Mass Effect: Andromeda patch updated its Denuvo - pirates now stuck with tired faces
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Annoying mini-games are a Mass Effect tradition. As far as those go, this one is certainly the least annoying, least frequent, most optional and best implemented of the lot. That's still not saying much, but... I'd expected worse, given its predecessors.

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I never had any issues with minigames in earlier games. But I'm not touching this before it has same save anywhere outside combat than previous games.

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Droniac replied to 5 questions on the Stellaris Review
1 Year ago
Stellaris review snippet How strategic does combat in Stellaris feel?
Not very. Your ship design determines everything, so it's more like a pre-determined game of rock/paper/scissors. And if you have equivalent designs, then numbers win the day. There's no fine control over fleets, special abilities, or anything like that. But it does look pretty.
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Droniac replied to 14 questions on the Dirty Bomb Review
1 Year ago
Dirty Bomb review snippet How good an FPS is Dirty Bomb?
Splash Damage have been trying to make a worthy successor to Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory for more than a decade. And with Dirty Bomb they've finally managed it. In most ways this is a flat-out superior game, making it easily the best free shooter there is... alongside the new Unreal Tournament. It does still need some work (bug-fixing / map variety) and it's still not as good as Return to Castle Wolfenstein, mainly due to gun-play and slower (more forgiving / modern) pacing. But all in all this is a damn fine effort and easily the best modern competitive team-based multiplayer shooter out there. Yes, far better than Team Fortress 2. Some people will prefer CS:GO for its lower barrier to entry, more deliberate pacing, or more casual emphasis on teamwork. Dirty Bomb is far more fast-paced and skill-based (or twitch-oriented) and dives far deeper into varying objectives, player roles, and an immense requirement for teamwork. Initially daunting, but that's the way a real FPS should be (imo?).
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