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Shriven commented on
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Mass Effect: Andromeda PC reviewMass Effect: Andromeda PC review
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That last paragraph. Great.
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Gosh, humour is subjective, eh?


Anyway:


Indie games that don't get all the lights shone on them - https://www.pcgamesn.com/herald/herald-devs-forget-to-submit-game


Series without sequels - https://www.pcgamesn.com/cancelled-pc-games

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The reaction to Millers videos and this article makes me fear for the future....

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Bolivia threaten legal action over Ghost Recon Wildlands' depiction of the countryBolivia threaten legal action over Ghost Recon Wildlands' depiction of the country
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Very well deserved, Ubisoft.

They really get less and less self-aware about their storytelling. There is a visible trend arching from The Division to Watch_Dogs 2 and now to GR Wildlans. That their whole narrative setting and the actual execution is contentwise and morally troubled would be a great understandment.

I doubt Ubisoft really looked into not only the political implications of their work but also into what sort of fantasy they actually sell with this game. Small hint: You're NOT the hero in all of these games. But Ubisoft never makes that clear or puts that into proper perspective that basically all your actions are legally and morally questionable.

Extra Credits once made a great video about the pretty terrible message of The Division and how the player is motivated to kill American citizens on US soil without jurisdiction. Wildlands is similarly troubled. Basically, the player is a CIA terrorist that murders people in a foreign country for no obvious reason other than "somebody said they were the bad guys and we had to kill them all". I don't see why US operators should be forced to act like that even IF a drug cartel took over another country. The real "war on drugs" was never morally or legally justified in the first place, but at least it was targeted on destroying the drug production, not on killing people. GR Wildlands is basically a killing simulator in which you take the role of an assassin but in comparison to e.g. Hitman there is no explanatory context to it and there is no clear indication that you are the bad guy, quite the opposite. Obviously Ubisoft wants us to believe that all these cartel (and government) people deserve to die by the hand of illegal US operators just because they produce cocain in their own country - a democratic (!) country that has a quite different opinion about drug production in real life which makes the whole issue even the more troubled. Especially if you think about the fact that Bolivia is on the "list of evil countries" of many conservative war-hawks in the US. Not because they are an actual threat to Americans but because they have a socialist government and because they stick to their tradition of producing cocain since it's just a part of their life.

If I didn't know it any better I could think that this game was made by US intelligence officials for propaganda matters. Because that's what it does and that's the message it conveys. That this so painfully self-unaware and uncritical product comes from a French team is both weird and sad. It's really time to rethink storytelling and the message of violence in videogames at Ubisoft once again because right now, it sucks balls.
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Yeah....I think you went too far into the rabbit hole here.

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The Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti Titan-killer is here and they’ve turned it up to 11The Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti Titan-killer is here and they’ve turned it up to 11
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Will be building my rig in autumn around this fellow. Cannae wait.
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Total War: Warhammer Old World edition coming next year, will add Bretonnia for freeTotal War: Warhammer Old World edition coming next year, will add Bretonnia for free
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This is the only Total War game I have not bought at launch. I know nothing about the Warhammer Universe. (a tiny bit about 40k) So, shelling out top whack for it I cannot justify.

Gladly take a gift though!Reply
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Who cares about you? TW: Warhammer is the most sold game from TW family. SEGA made lot of money from it. And trust me they do games for money. They regret they didn;t make it earlier.

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Um, did Pharah skip your notice?

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That's a hover!

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Flying hero. Its time.Reply
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Um, did Pharah skip your notice?

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I see it as a fighting game first. Combos, stances and weapons all giving enough options to be unique. However, remember that gif of Wii Tennis of uber players at the net smacking it between each other 4 times a second? Thats what this will be like at top level. Block block block block.Reply
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Sounds like "top level" would play it wrong then, seeing there are ways to counter blocks, either by guard breaking or (at least with some characters, I don't know them all) hitting the opponent with an unblockable attack. There might be other ways as well, but I'm really not that good at the game and don't know all the moves.

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The Kit Filter: Corsair's Platinum board, a sexy standing desk and a classic rodent returnsThe Kit Filter: Corsair's Platinum board, a sexy standing desk and a classic rodent returns
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Building a new rig after I have moved to my new home. Ive bookmarked this!Reply
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Ooh, exciting! What are you looking to build?

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Devolver will host the games of developers affected by the US travel ban during GDC 2017Devolver will host the games of developers affected by the US travel ban during GDC 2017
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I came here to type "I love Devolver" but Kirk started the article with it. I feel emasculated, somehow.Reply
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They are the best.

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Shriven replied to 14 questions on the Tropico 5 Review
7 Months ago
Tropico 5 review snippet Does Tropico 5 reward political manouvering?
Shifting which political factions had ascendancy over the various time periods was the only time I felt that politics were involved at any meaningful level.
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Shriven replied to 11 questions on the Grand Theft Auto V Review
1 Year ago
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Every session I find something new, do something new or laugh out loud at something I see/hear.
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Shriven replied to 7 questions on the One Finger Death Punch Review
2 Years ago
One Finger Death Punch review snippet How does One Finger Death Punch run on your PC?
I think my calculator could run this.
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Shriven replied to 8 questions on the The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review
2 Years ago
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim review snippet Is The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim grindy?
I wouldnt say so. The levelling up process is just an invisible byproduct of doing things. I was barely aware of the level up system.
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Shriven replied to 13 questions on the Total War: Attila Review
2 Years ago
Total War: Attila review snippet How well does Total War: Attila portray ancient Rome?
The absolute chaos of the time is perfectly portrayed. The world is so up in the air and you cannot predict whats gonna happen. In my game the Elba (Irish) ended up holding most of Spain. The Vikings went on a crazy rampage through to the Ukraine. Britain remained in the hands of Romano-British upstarts and then to top it off, The Vandals just hung out in Egypt for the entire game. That was just the first game i played...
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Shriven replied to 16 questions on the Sid Meier's Civilization® V Review
2 Years ago
Sid Meier's Civilization® V review snippet
I wouldnt use this to revise A-Level History...
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Shriven replied to 5 questions on the Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Review
2 Years ago
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor review snippet
I have no idea who I am, what I am doing or why I am doing it.....Ball well and truly dropped in immersing me.
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Shriven replied to 14 questions on the Team Fortress 2 Review
2 Years ago
Team Fortress 2 review snippet How good are the graphics in Team Fortress 2?
Style and longevity over Hyper realism and poor coding. They are great, but not in the traditional sense.
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Shriven replied to 26 questions on the Game Dev Tycoon Review
2 Years ago
Game Dev Tycoon review snippet How does Game Dev Tycoon run on your PC?
Smooth as butter. Almost a mobile game. Will run on a calculator. Window mode is perfect, UI scales with window resizing. Zero loading times.
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