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Jezcentral replied to a question on the XCOM 2 Review
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XCOM 2 review snippet Are the aliens in XCOM 2 scary?
Scary and unknown. The first time a Sectopod unfolds over you, or a Gatekeeper lets off a shot is like the first time you saw a Blaster Bomb explosion from the first game (the one with the hyphen).
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Keys scammed by email are legit "because they come from the developers", say G2AKeys scammed by email are legit "because they come from the developers", say G2A
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Or something like Spotify for games. EA is doing it, but I mean there's only so many EA games you can play. Yeah I know all the artists are like "we make peanuts off Spotify". But that's the only way it'll work if you ask me. Maybe pay devs by playtime minutes or something. Shrug.

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But bands can make money in other ways (mostly live concerts nowadays), but how else can game devs name money?

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Mass Effect: Andromeda gets second pre-release patch, fixing multiplayer soundMass Effect: Andromeda gets second pre-release patch, fixing multiplayer sound
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Exactly. And I think Bioware are suffering from butting up against the Uncanny Valley. I'm also very interested to see what CDProject are doing for Cyberpunk 2077. They are the only other people I can think of that are doing facial animation at this detail and frequency.

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Agreed -- but their mistake was not grappling with it.

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ESRB say Mass Effect: Andromeda features full nudity, Bioware say it's "softcore space porn"ESRB say Mass Effect: Andromeda features full nudity, Bioware say it's "softcore space porn"
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While I'm sure there is better porn out there on the Internet, hopefully Origin doing this will push Steam into being a bit less puritan about what is in their games catalogue.Reply
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Steam being puritan? They have The Witcher 3...

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2 Months ago
2000 AD is now available to other developers outside Rebellion, but who should make what?2000 AD is now available to other developers outside Rebellion, but who should make what?
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Strontium Dog. Possibly another IO Interactive version, or maybe Arkane, given powers like the time stasis grenades.
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2 Months ago
Rebellion plan to open up the 2000 AD license to other publishers and developersRebellion plan to open up the 2000 AD license to other publishers and developers
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Another Rogue Trooper and a Strontium Dog, please.
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Jezcentral replied to a question on the Chime Review
2 Months ago
Chime review snippet How good is the Chime soundtrack?
It's a music game, so it needs to have a good soundtrack that works with the gameplay., and it does.
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AMD Ryzen - the Zen architecture availability, specs, price and performanceAMD Ryzen - the Zen architecture availability, specs, price and performance
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Holey-moley, AMD getting 7nm sorted is the big news for me, after all their Glo-Fo problems in the past. Intel will have to work hard for a few years more, at least.
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The best games of 2016: HitmanThe best games of 2016: Hitman
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An amazing game and my GOTY. And Sapienza was a triumph. I'm looking forward to the end-of-year reviews that discuss the level design for this game. Not as bombastic as most AAA games, Hitman is a unique experience. Roll on Season 2!
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Tim Sweeney says that Microsoft will "force-patch Windows 10 to make Steam progressively worse and more broken"Tim Sweeney says that Microsoft will "force-patch Windows 10 to make Steam progressively worse and more broken"
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That latest update from the Microsoft spokesperson yet again misses the point. They need to come out and say _it will always be open_.Reply
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It is difficult for companies that will be held to account to make promises about the future. That said, I agree.

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Microsoft "apologise for any confusion" caused by the change to their Play Anywhere statementMicrosoft "apologise for any confusion" caused by the change to their Play Anywhere statement
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This is excellent news, as long as this means I don't have to buy the games at Xbox prices.Reply
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Depends.


Are they going to allow the games to be published on Steam or not? If they lock them down to the Windows 10 Store, then that's quite the phlegmy spit in the face for PC gamers. I'd also imagine it would mean no modding, no deals, and none of the cool things we associate with the PC.


Microsoft seems desperate to make the PC a walled garden, a one store front place. That's one of the many very good and informed reasons I haven't upgraded to Windows 10. I'm boycotting its store in favour of Steam, Humble Store, and GoG.


The Humble people are genuinely lovely people, too. When a server glitch dropped a number of my titles from my library, they spent ages investigating it and restoring them, and communicating with me as they did so. And why is their service so good? The PC has competition through multiple store fronts. Everyone is trying to provide the best service.


Even Gabe supports the open platform and free choice of store fronts, no matter how much it hurts his profit margin. As I've mentioned before, a developer can claim keys and then sell them on store fronts to take advantage of Steam's bandwidth.


Can you imagine Microsoft ever being so altruistic? The thing is... I'm not well off, and Valve has always been good to me with its sales. So has Humble. I value these two organisations. They've both done a lot for me and for the PC gaming space.


What's Microsoft done for us? Except for aches, pains, and troubles that is. Even now, they're monopolising with DirectX. They could have decided it was time to go cross-OS with DX as a show of solidarity. But no. They're stubbornly clinging to it as a Windows 10 only thing, and that's why its primary competitor -- Vulkan -- will win. In the PC space, the more open you are, the more you succeed.


See: Rift vs. Vive.


It's important to remember that Microsoft is the company that's brought anti-monopoly suits on itself. Microsoft is the 'smile with Novell while we pull the trigger' company. It's skeevy and it seems to have no end of self-interested slimebags who couldn't care less about the PC space beyond how much money they can make in it. And yes, whilst that's capitalism, it's not GOOD capitalism.


Good capitalism is what Valve is doing with Steam. Valve is supporting the freedom of choice for the consumer. Microsoft has never done that.


So my worry is, as I said, they're going to lock most (if not all) of these games to the 10 Store. In fact, I'd be willing to bet on it and I'm not a betting man. It's just that I know that if I can count on three things in reality, they are this: Human stupidity, human greed, and Microsoft representing both.

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Consortium: The Tower raises over $155k on Fig in a day, surpassing its entire Kickstarter runConsortium: The Tower raises over $155k on Fig in a day, surpassing its entire Kickstarter run
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Invisible War? Human Revolution, surely?

Plus, yay for good things happening! I'm really looking forward to this.Reply
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Good spot. Not sure why I had Invisible war in my head - it's been ages since I've even thought about that game!

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