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Hello Games did the right thing by keeping quiet after No Man's Sky; here's why

Posted on 28th Nov 2016 at 17:14 by Jake Tucker with 26 comments

Jake Tucker
On Friday, Hello Games broke a three month silence to announce a new chunk of content it's calling the Foundation Update. The Foundation Update works on several levels. First, it's a foundation for what's to come next; secondly, it includes the basics of base-building, building being something that you often need a foundation for.

Clever, huh?

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In defence of high chaos

Posted on 25th Nov 2016 at 13:46 by Jake Tucker with 12 comments

Jake Tucker
Whenever an immersive sim comes to market, people move as quickly as they can to try to get through it as quietly as possible, doing their best to pull apart the game's stealth systems and crouch-walk their way to the bragging rights of finishing the game without a single drop of blood being spilt, or an alarm raised.

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VR Worlds is virtually the best selling point for the PlayStation VR

Posted on 28th Oct 2016 at 18:36 by Jake Tucker with 0 comments

Jake Tucker
I'd like to start by saying that I made a mistake.

Previously, I called Battlezone the PlayStation VR's killer app. I said that the tank-brawler, that I've written about plenty - including yesterday - was the best reason to own a PlayStation VR, but I was incorrect.

It's VR Worlds, the collection of fleshed out tech demos you can pick up for a cut price. The reason is simple: It shows you everything that VR can do, and even lets you play around with your Move controllers while you do it.

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Lego Dimensions is a surprising breath of fresh air

Posted on 12th Oct 2016 at 13:51 by Jake Tucker with 8 comments

Jake Tucker
I've spent a lot of the last week playing Lego Dimensions.

I didn't think I'd enjoy Lego Dimensions much, and stopped buying the Lego games after I got bored ploughing through Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. Warner Brothers sent over a Lego Dimensions starter set and Lego Dimensions Wave 6 packs out for review and within 30 minutes I was hooked.

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Streets of Rogue is going to eat your lunch break today

Posted on 9th Sep 2016 at 11:14 by Jake Tucker with 4 comments

Jake Tucker
Streets of Rogue is, at first glance, everything I hate. It's an open alpha of a rogue-lite with a pun name for a title, and it takes inspiration from a mass of different sources. A single paragraph on the website suggests the game takes inspiration from Binding of Isaac, Nuclear Throne and Deus Ex.

But, this first alpha is open for everyone to play, so I thought why not, if it sucks I can just get back to playing Rainbow Six Siege forever.

It doesn't suck. In fact, Streets of Rogue is fun in a way I haven't seen in games in a long time.

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Games journalism isn't corrupt, but Youtube has a problem.

Posted on 2nd Sep 2016 at 09:18 by Rick Lane with 59 comments

Rick Lane
Allegations of corruption have dogged games journalism for almost as long as games journalism has existed. Where exactly this belief stems from isn’t entirely certain. But if you went by the average comments section on a game review, you’d think the entirety of games journalism was more corrupt than Silvio Berlusconi’s hard-drive.

Like any form of journalism, games media isn’t short of examples of shoddy work. Evidence of that goes as far back as dodgy reviews of games like Nemesis for the ZX Spectrum, where Sinclair User appear to have reviewed a beta version of the game in order to get ahead of the competition. But the vast majority of complaints and conspiracy theories about games writing aren’t concerned with laziness or cutting corners. Instead, they revolve around a very specific and far more serious subject – the idea that critics are routinely paid-off by publishers to artificially inflate review scores.

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We should be applauding No Man's Sky for letting us believe

Posted on 10th Aug 2016 at 10:40 by Jake Tucker with 24 comments

Jake Tucker
Don't worry, we're still planning on reviewing No Man's Sky; Rick's in deep space as we speak.

I didn't like No Man's Sky when I played it, back in the spring. The hype-train had already left the station, and now, on the day of its PS4 release, and just a couple of days before PC owners get to carve out their own chunk of the universe, that trainload of hype is at maximum speed.

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It's time Valve owns up to its part in skin gambling

Posted on 8th Jul 2016 at 16:03 by Jake Tucker with 14 comments

Jake Tucker
This week has been a big one for YouTuber drama, with news breaking that two prominent streamers had been unmasked as the owners of a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive betting site called CSGO Lotto.

I won't try to explain it all, but professional streamers Trevor 'TMarTn' Martin and Tom 'ProSyndicate' Cassell created the site and then pretended to have just discovered it in order to showcase it to their viewers and generate interest. This video below from H3H3 productions, highlights exactly what the pair have been up to, and it's pretty much the shadiest thing I've seen in games for a while. But what people haven't got around to yet is that this boom in shady videogame gambling practices is largely Valve's fault.

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Dear publishers, please just let me buy your game

Posted on 19th May 2015 at 09:26 by Rick Lane with 42 comments

Rick Lane
Imagine sitting down in a restaurant and ordering a meal; let's say, Surf and Turf with chips and a side-salad. The waiter informs you that the arrival time of your meal will be announced in ten minutes. The time passes, and the waiter rolls up and apologises, saying your meal has been delayed. But good news! They're ready to announce that the prawns for your surf and turf can now be ordered early for an extra £5.

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Who benefits from the idea of gamers?

Posted on 5th Sep 2014 at 10:39 by Rick Lane with 24 comments

Rick Lane
The last few weeks have been a dismal time for many people involved in the games industry. A combination of vicious personal attacks on important female figures in the industry, torrents of accusations regarding journalistic ethics and rampant paranoia over the perceived destruction of gaming itself has all bundled together in one great snowball of malevolence, misinformation and outright misery. I'm not going into the nitty-gritty of recent occurrences in this article, but these pieces here and here here give a pretty good summary of events.

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