I don't usually like too much of a challenge, especially those involving luck, but I loved Gods Will Be Watching. I'm all the happier for having beaten it before these updates too. I understand the reasoning behind the updates too, I don't expect most people have the patience for GWBW as it was released.
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It's at least an interesting concept. Down the line it'll be more obvious if it's a good deal or not - but I appreciate there being alternatives. I've been trying to get more games on console than on PC lately, and feel as though I don't have much of a choice when games start at about £50 on new consoles and are more like £55-60 to download - sapping the convenience factor.
I watch speedruns all the time. New personal bests, and world records are great to watch - especially live, but I don't understand their prevalence in news stories. The speedrunning scene seems a bit niche for individual runs to show up on general games sites. A new world record is likely pretty indistinguishable from one set a year ago to a casual observer, with some exceptions.
I suppose everyone who watches speedruns has to be introduced somewhere, and it's cool for people like Cosmo to get some more recognition.
DOTA really shouldn't count, but what do I know?
I don't see how you can say DOTA2 shouldn't count.
It's his favourite game of the year. You can not like it, that's totally fine, but to suggest it doesn't count is wrong.
I think it's more that Dota 2 has been played since 2011. If we're leaving GOTY stuff that wide open - I played the original Bioshock again this year, and that would top my list again. Actual release date is pretty irrelevant if people have been playing for years already.
People can do what they like, but it seems redundant to name older games that you've played this year too in these lists.
Wow. I love Papers, Please - I played multiple versions before it got Greenlit, and through a half dozen times since, and I couldn't put it near the top of my list.
Great list Patrick, I'm glad to hear how games have helped you beyond just being means to escapism. Bring on 2014, less tragedy, more quality games.
8 sentences, 1 picture, and 3 tweets. Good article.
Anyways, are purchases still locked to the system they were bought on or with NNID on 3DS is that now being moved to the account level?
Yep, still locked to the system. The account-level purchasing hasn't been implemented yet.
Local multiplayer is coming later, as free DLC. I don't know why they didn't have it ready at launch, or why they launched without it in - but that's what they said. Also, as soon as they possibly can - who knows when that'll be, hopefully pretty soon.
I don't have any horse in the Sony/Microsoft race. I hope for both to do well enough to drive competition and innovation. That said, I don't understand Microsoft's insistence on pushing voice controls. I don't want to talk to an inanimate device unless we're on Star Trek levels of voice technology. And even then, it would still be a little weird.
Maybe I'm just a grumpy old dinosaur.
It's undoubtedly a gimmick, but a few of its uses are actually useful. "Xbox on" is pretty great, and in several cases it's easier and quicker to say "Xbox go to ___" than to do it with the controller.
Some games use it well too, in Dead Rising 3, you can change whatever ridiculous clothing you're wearing back to the default by saying "change clothes" - which is a weird phrase in itself; nonetheless, it's instant and you can do whatever else with the controller as you speak - which is arguably better than going through menus to do so.
There are times it's beneficial to seem insane and talk to technology - I'd say it has potential at least.
Microsoft got so much shit for needing an internet connection once (after they changed their policies for the Xbox One). I doubt anyone will complain about this much, which honestly is alright - it hardly matters to most people, despite the inevitable problems people will have day 1. Some consistency would be nice though.
Cut out the non-exclusives. Cut out the sports. Cut out the casual/kids... and there's nothing really left.
When you take out all the game, there are no games left :(.