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    Nintendo Direct - 13th September (11 PM BST, 12 AM CEST)

    True. It'll have only been six years since the last mainline entry by the time this one comes out. That's so short it barely even counts as time.
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    Nintendo Direct - 13th September (11 PM BST, 12 AM CEST)

    That was a brilliant Direct, packed with stuff I have to buy. Damn you, Nintendo.
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    Do/did your parents game?

    My mum actually got me into gaming originally. She had this old console that I can't even remember the name of - was a bit like an Intellivision (may have been one) - and she later got an Atari 2600. She bought me my first computer, an Atari ST, and we'd play stuff a lot as a family back then, moving onto SNES and stuff. Her and my dad fell out of gaming after that, really. My dad still buys pretty much every console but he doesn't actually play much. I partly think it's one way for him to stay connected to me, which is an effort I appreciate.
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    Bad bits in otherwise good games

    The turret bit in Dead Space. No thx.
  5. The frame issues on Switch don't feel like traditional frame drops to me, it isn't consistent enough. It's weird. I'm wondering if there's an issue aside from the hardware simply not being as powerful. Hopefully they can iron out the issues but it really doesn't hurt the game at all, the stop start nature of it feels ideal for the switch and sleep mode etc.
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    Xbox "Scarlett" - next gen consoles

    Haha, sure, but I could afford a new console this afternoon. It'll be a while before I can afford a new home.
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    Xbox "Scarlett" - next gen consoles

    There are reasons for the "proper" console, outside of the inherent issues with streaming. What if you have a bandwidth limit? Or live more rurally and can't get a good enough connection? I live in greater London but my connection is garbage. It's too early to go all in on streaming, but there's probably a market for it, especially across devices.
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    Gender Diversity / Politics in games (was Tropes Vs. Women)

    James Gunn is an interesting case as he certainly came across as something of an edgelord early in his career. He said a lot of bad stuff on social media and his earlier films are reflective of that attitude, but he's matured into being quite a progressive director. He's been staunchly anti-Trump and the alt-right for a while now and has been quite open about his feelings on toxic masculinity and the likes, both in interviews and in his works like Guardians 2. It's pretty clear why the likes of Mike Cernovich would target him, a person who repeatedly says things far worse than Gunn ever did. This looks like another case of a weak company not carrying out due diligence and falling for yet another alt-right campaign launched not because they give a shit, but because they think they can score some points in their ongoing culture war. Nice work, Disney.
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    Gender Diversity / Politics in games (was Tropes Vs. Women)

    The Verge also has something up featuring comments from devs, including some from ANet, about the effects the firings are being perceived to have had. https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/12/17565218/arenanet-guild-wars-firing-games-social-media-harassment Working at ANet sounds great.
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    Gender Diversity / Politics in games (was Tropes Vs. Women)

    Price's twitter has examples of people asking her questions and receiving polite replies. I think most experts, be they men or women, will usually be fine with people asking them questions providing they are asked in good faith. I hadn't really considered Deroir's use of language, because my focus has primarily been on the awful behaviour of ArenaNet, but that thread Bojangle linked is an impressive breakdown of his tweets. I think attributing intent is very difficult in these cases, but mansplaining doesn't require intent. You can be entirely well meaning but, through failure to properly consider someone else's perspective, make yourself look like a bit of a fool. I think you can disagree with Teasdale's breakdown, though personally I think it's quite accurate, but whichever way you go it does provide a very clear example of the way these sorts of tweet can be viewed. If Price took those tweets as Teasdale has, her response looks even tamer than it did before, and it further clarifies why she hasn't felt the need to apologise. As this all rumbles on and Price and Fries, plus various other vocal female developers, receive harassment and suffer attempts to get them fired, ArenaNet's silence continues to make them look like total scum. They've kicked the hornets nest and are happy to sit back and do nothing while everybody else deals with the aftermath. Absolute dickbags.
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    Gender Diversity / Politics in games (was Tropes Vs. Women)

    You're confusing people being upset with the moral implications of an event with the legal practicalities. Nobody is arguing that ArenaNet couldn't fire Price and Fries, just that they shouldn't have. Contracts are only as binding as the management deems them to be, they can always be ignored. There are social media rules written into my contract also, but I and others I've worked with haven't been fired over our social media content. Many developers have now come out in support of Price and Fries, confident that this wouldn't happen at their studios. With minor incidents like this there are always options, providing your management team are willing to do the legwork. Seems mad that this sort of treatment is seen as just fine by so many people. A company can fire two longstanding employees, both of whom were seemingly valued workers with no disciplinary record, over a handful of tame tweets that weren't even directly targeted at anybody. No investigation, no disciplinary process, no escalation and no explanation beyond a set of vague statements that obfuscate the reality of the situation and further embolden the sorts of people who have been harassing and bullying people out of this industry and many others. People just hand wave it away as "that's just how it is," like that makes it any less cowardly or irresponsible. On the plus side, other companies are taking steps to clarify their social media policies in the wake of this, so hopefully we'll see a move toward better practices industry wide as a result of ArenaNet being rubbish. Doesn't help Price and Fries, but it is a silver lining I suppose.
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    Gender Diversity / Politics in games (was Tropes Vs. Women)

    Mallet is right that a lot of big companies have very strict social media policies these days. I work for one of the biggest retailers in the world and ours are ludicrously broad. I've seen numerous breaches of those policies, some of which were far worse than anything Price said, but I've never seen anybody fired for it. It's a massive overreaction given how tame the tweets are.
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    Gender Diversity / Politics in games (was Tropes Vs. Women)

    Reading the tweets in question, it's almost impossible to believe any firing took place over this event alone. Nothing Price says justifies that, even less so her colleague who comes to her defence. It's a shame ArenaNet have so spectacularly bungled the handling of this, as it looks bad for the company and emboldens some of the worst parts of the community in the process.
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    Hollow Knight - Soulsvania platformer

    I found this game quite challenging initially, not because of the difficulty, but because of how much I wanted to explore everything and constantly felt like I was going the wrong way or missing out on stuff. It's initially a lot more daunting than most Metroidvanias, where I almost always feel like I have a sense of which way I should be going next and areas I definitely cannot get to are relatively clearly signposted. This feeling melted away over time as I became more familiar with the areas and became more comfortable with the way progression works. I actually quite like the map! I've got three or four movement upgrades now, just bagged my second sword upgrade, and I think this game is absolutely brilliant. The controls are excellent, it has that Dark Souls quality of initially feeling a bit imprecise, leaving you taking hits and getting battered about the place, until you master your core moveset and you're suddenly dancing around enemies and bosses you struggled with for ages. I like the addition of mechanics like respawning enemies when you rest at a bench, again it has that Dark Souls balance of resting to recover/create a checkpoint or pushing on and exploring while the area is relatively clear. The charms are great and feel like they have meaningful benefits to them, as do most of the upgrades you find. All in all I'm finding it to be a superbly balanced experience, walking a fine line between elation and frustration. I can see why some wouldn't like it, but it's right up my street for sure. Also of note is the way the lore slowly unfolds around you, the way characters you meet change over the course of several meetings and the Dung Defender! HAW HAW! I love it all.
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    Are games fun?

    Is fun games?

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