Only the value of the t-shirt should be on the customs form, not the total subscription value. A subscription/membership is a service, and UK VAT does not apply to services supplied to customers in the UK from businesses overseas.
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The way it is now is the way it will remain. By that I mean that what we think of as casual games (Candy Crush, Angry Birds, etc) will remain mainstream with all age groups. The modern concept of AAA games (CoD, Halo, etc) will continue to be mainstream with a certain demographic of teenagers and young men. Occasionally games that are fads with children will be mainstream (Pokémon, Minecraft, etc.) Everything else fits in to niches of various sizes, and that's ok. There will continue also to be anomalies that nobody can really explain (WoW.) Finally, Korea will continue to play Starcraft as a national pastime.
People who dislike any sort of gaming will continue to exist, although what you'll actually find is that they are smaller in number than you think. Many people who state they're not gamers or don't like games are not talking about literally any and all games ever made, they're talking about not identifying with a stereotype they've grown up believing exists. Hardcore/core/traditional gamers--or whatever you want to call them--will continue to exist. Because of that, the stereotypes about those gamers will continue to exist because that is just how people on the outside of a group categorize said group--through stereotypes. Ultimately, lots of people will continue to play various types of mainstream games (mostly casual games) yet also somehow state that they don't like games, because people.
Loved the Sega Genesis gamer bible gag. The most interesting things about this was simply seeing how it all continues to go more and more mainstream.
I don't think signing an NDA is an ethical issue in itself. If there are problems with the game that the reviewer thinks are important to talk about, but they are restricted by the agreement, then they should hold their review until the embargo expires. If it doesn't affect the review, then it doesn't matter. It's all case by case, reviewer by reviewer.
It would be a good move in my view for sites to call attention to the fact that a pre-release review's content is a affected by an NDA; All it would take is a simple disclosure note from the editor. I'm sure there are plenty of people reading reviews who aren't aware.
I didn't stick with the Blue Stringer one for some reason. I love the Overblood, Illbleed and Tail of The Sun Super Replay's though. If I recall correctly, Dan punched Joe Juba in the ToTS one while wrestling over the controller.
Illbleed though, which was made by the same developer as Blue Stringer I think, is my favorite. Cool.
In other news, statistical analysis show that I own all currently living unicorns in the world!
The reality is, their data supports the assertion that the harassment is coming from a minority. Why? Because tweets at everyone they looked at are overwhelmingly considered neutral and not negative. I would like to see data that shows how many tweets are harassing people and how many aren't, because given the data here, it would seem that the overwhelming majority are not harassing anyone (given that we are to assume harassment is a subset of the negative tweets.)
I actually laughed out loud when I read this article the first time. Smearing people without evidence just makes them more determined. If the media wants them to go away, they really need to stop being terrible at their jobs and that starts with not telling porkies.
Regarding the Destructoid vs. Allistair Pinsof thing; Dale North, their EIC, has resigned today stating the following:
Without going into details, I feel certain actions taken and statements made by Destructoid management have not accurately reflected my feelings or taken my input as Editor-in-chief into account. I’m no longer comfortable having my name attached to the continued engagement with former staff.
Make of that what you will. Sounds like he's throwing Niero under the bus a bit over the whole thing to me though.