#egmr » Caveshen http://egmr.net Let's Talk Games — Videogame News, Reviews & Opinions Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:11:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 No More Origin Stories In Marvel Movies, Starting With Doctor Strange http://egmr.net/2014/08/origin-stories-marvel-movies-starting-doctor-strange/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/origin-stories-marvel-movies-starting-doctor-strange/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:15:29 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=154493 Coming off the recent mega success story that was Guardians of the Galaxy, a lot of the more nitpicky reviewers questioned why Marvel felt a need to do another origin […]

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Coming off the recent mega success story that was Guardians of the Galaxy, a lot of the more nitpicky reviewers questioned why Marvel felt a need to do another origin story when they could have just thrown the Guardians into the thick of things. Certainly, the movie did seem to be setting up for something much larger, almost exactly in the same way that Iron Man, Thor and Captain America set up for Avengers in 2012.

But now Marvel Studios has decided that they’re done with that sort of thing and starting with the upcoming Doctor Strange movie, they’re adopting a new mantra: No more origin stories.

And that’s just wonderful.

“Marvel’s new thing is ‘No More Origin Stories,’ so Doctor Strange is no longer an origin,” explains Devin Faraci, head editor on a site I frequent called Badass Digest. “It begin in medias res, it’s got Doctor Strange already established as the Sorcerer Supreme, and it’s a totally new script.”

Faraci is a well-reputed reliable source for Marvel Studios production news, and in the same conversation (a podcast you can find through the source link below) he talked about how the Doctor Strange script was actually re-written “in-house” after initially being structured as a traditional origin story.

I think we can all agree that this is a great step forward for Marvel Studios. After all, with the likes of Ant Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange and so many more characters in this comic book universe, we could be getting origin stories until we’re all old and greying, so why even bother? The reading is there, for those who are interested. Marvel has already established that they mean business. Why not just go ahead and give us proper stories?

We expect there will be some backstory revelation in upcoming movies, just to catch viewers up with the meta. But closer to the time, you can definitely expect us to put out ‘everything you need to know’ type articles regarding these characters. For example, Doctor Stephen Strange (who actually has a great origin story) was a brilliant but arrogant surgeon who permanently injured his hands in an accident and sought a magical cure before being ‘tricked’ into becoming The Sorcerer Supreme; a master of magic who is tasked with protecting Earth from demons and other nasties.

So what do you think of the whole ‘no more origin stories’ mantra? Is it a keeper, or do you prefer being introduced to your heroes first? It certainly worked for Blade, didn’t it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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These Are Possibly The Sexiest Star Wars Watermarks You’ll Ever See http://egmr.net/2014/08/possibly-sexiest-star-wars-watermarks-youll-ever-see/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/possibly-sexiest-star-wars-watermarks-youll-ever-see/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:15:20 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=154350 Tattoo possibilities, anyone? Star Wars fans, this one’s for you guys. A random person on the internet whom I would totally credit if I knew who they were, put out […]

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Tattoo possibilities, anyone?

Star Wars fans, this one’s for you guys. A random person on the internet whom I would totally credit if I knew who they were, put out a series of really cool pictures for the world to behold.

Check out the gallery below for some of the downright sexiest examples of Star Wars watermarks you’ll see. They’re pretty cool, right? I mean, you could make tattoos out of those images, if not really eye-catching frames or canvases on a wall. The possibilities are, you might say, galactic.

Wait does that even work as a phrase? Anyway, credit goes to site-reader Sudeyan, for the find. Let us know in the comments what you think of these creations, and how you’d use them if you could. Also, which is your favourite?

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Our 94th Podcast Records Tonight — Ask Us Things http://egmr.net/2014/08/94th-podcast-records-tonight-ask-us-things/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/94th-podcast-records-tonight-ask-us-things/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:00:08 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=154409 As South Africans, we’ve grown to understand that while many theists might believe that someone gave their life for our sins one, a whole bunch of people dedicated their entire […]

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As South Africans, we’ve grown to understand that while many theists might believe that someone gave their life for our sins one, a whole bunch of people dedicated their entire lives to our freedom. A freedom that, you might argue, we aren’t fully taking advantage of right now. But a freedom that nonetheless allows us to craft our own path through it.

But that’s not why we’re here, is it? No, this article isn’t meant to be political but rather to be… uhm… podcast-ical? Tonight we’ll be recording episode ninety-four of the eGamer Podcast, a multi-platform gaming show for all! And we want you to get involved by scrolling down to the comments section and asking us any kind of question you’d like; it could be about gaming, it could be about movies, music, series, or even freedom babies. The floor is yours.

Then be sure to check out either the site, our Libsyn page, iTunes or our RSS feed later in the week for the podcast, which will have all the answers and more. Tell your friends!

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Here Is How Modern Games Might Have Looked In The PlayStation One Era http://egmr.net/2014/08/modern-games-might-looked-playstation-one-era/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/modern-games-might-looked-playstation-one-era/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:15:45 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=154405 There are a fair few of these types of thing online; modern games that are taken and worked into older versions of themselves. Common though the idea might be, it’s […]

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There are a fair few of these types of thing online; modern games that are taken and worked into older versions of themselves. Common though the idea might be, it’s always really neat to actually see the results of such.

In this case, there was a thread on NeoGAF recently in which a bunch of games were shown off as PlayStation One era classics. So-called ‘demakes’, or ‘demasters’, the idea of taking modern games and creating older, blockier versions of them extended to the likes of The Last of Us, Dead Space, Watch_Dogs and even Crysis, which you can see up above.

The PlayStation One era is certainly the closest thing to gaming’s ‘puberty’ stage, when things were awkward and blocky and there was hair everywhere… and by hair, we mean jaggies, and by jaggies we imply that anti-aliasing was the equivalent of discovering a razor.

Anyway, check out the gallery of images below and try to spot all of the games on show. Hint: One of them is Persona 4, the rest of them are not. Which is your favourite, and which would you like to see ‘demade’?

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Life, The Universe And Gaming: There’s More To Life Than Videogames http://egmr.net/2014/08/life-universe-gaming-panem-et-circenses/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/life-universe-gaming-panem-et-circenses/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:00:31 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=152461 Don’t worry, there is a point to be made. Hi, my name is Caveshen Rajman and I’m here today to tell you all that I know a lot less than […]

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Don’t worry, there is a point to be made.

Hi, my name is Caveshen Rajman and I’m here today to tell you all that I know a lot less than I think I do.

If you’re confused or wondering why I felt a need to start my column in this way then just hold on for a bit, because I have a story to tell. If you guys would humour me for a few hundred (thousand) words.

I’ve always considered myself to be knowledgeable about most things. Certainly, nobody has ever really challenged me whom I couldn’t wave off as either fanatical or superfluous to my existence. That was until recently, about a month ago now, when someone close to me (take a shot, podcast listeners) opened my eyes to just how ignorant I was. I didn’t know everything, in fact I barely knew anything that I could substantiate with verifiable facts, and a lot of what I did know was centered on some aspect of gaming. In other words, if it wasn’t gaming-related, I knew a lot less than I thought I did. More than enough to ‘sound’ intellectual, sure, but not nearly enough to hold an actual intellectual conversation.

Honestly this revelation kind of broke me, because it shattered a reality that had not previously been challenged in my life. In a way my eyes were opened. Anyway to cut a long story short, the realisation dawned on me that for all my passion and knowledge of this gaming industry, as much as I can talk at length about Peter Molyneux, BioWare’s storytelling or Bungie’s inexplicably loving fanbase, once gaming is stripped away then I don’t really have a lot to fall back on. I sure thought I did but the moment someone with the intellectual capability challenged me, that thought was quickly and brutally put to bed. And so came the inspiration for this column…

In fairness to my point, I’ve had the idea to write this column ever since then and I’ve only been putting it off because I wanted more time to do the research and be absolutely sure of everything I say here, because I felt I needed to deftly word every single statement to prevent from losing everyone to hateful comments. Then last week happened and the whole Rise of the Tomb Raider saga caused me to come to the realisation that those who actually want to have a fruitful discussion will read what I have to say, and those who don’t will simply skip ahead to the comments and flame. To those of you who stick around and read every word, I cannot ever fully express the gratitude and appreciation I feel, but I will at least say thank you for sticking with me. I sincerely mean that with every fibre of my being. Now, shall we?

In the postmortem of that discussion about how I really know nothing Jon Snow, I decided to start watching some documentaries and reading some non-fiction. Something that stuck with me was that I had spent so many years burying myself in fiction that my personal growth had all but stagnated. Oh, I saw what I thought was growth. I certainly see it now in myself. But it was almost as if gaming had provided me the wrong kind of growth, a sort of stunted progression along what should have been a gradual incline but instead was awkward and skewed. And it got me wondering how many others are so into gaming, so passionately vehemently into gaming, that they would forgo personal growth and any sort of self-efficacy in favour of the next great game.

It’s so easy for us on the internet to have opinions, and especially in gaming we tend to throw them out more and more by the day. I’ve realised that I’m tired of it. At the start of this year I wrote about arguing the same old tired things year in and year out and just like that, we’ve been doing so. Resolution, graphics, DLC, dodgy business practices and so on. Last year I wrote about how much I hate exclusives and yet last week I found myself defending one just on principle. And why? What point and purpose did any of it serve? Was there some form of active discussion to be had, or was I just being defensive because of what I saw as a double standard between two pieces of plastic and their relevant supporters? When did Sony and Microsoft achieve religious status, to the point that their supporters would be fanatically defensive of them? They’re just gaming consoles. So insignificant in the bigger picture of things. Why did they upset me that much?

Then I got to thinking of another thing I’ve talked about before, which is a latin concept known as panem et circenses, something that I had also talked about in a previous column, albeit briefly. The idea is that we are distracted by food and entertainment as a means of keeping us in line. Arguing over otherwise pointless things so that the powers that be can be left to their own devices is an easy off-shoot of this concept. Put in a gaming-related sense: Console manufacturers promote commercialism and pit us against each other and we fight and argue and attack each other but their brand is effectively what’s promoted, and they are left to simply exploit us and reap the profits. I think this to be true of both companies, Microsoft and Sony, as well as Nintendo and every game publisher. Even the good ones. It’s not so much conspiracy theory as it is a decided lack of evidence to the contrary, and a now two thousand year old concept that still has relevance. Think of the alternate version of George Orwell’s 1984, or: a book called A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

Arguably, in terms of personal growth, gaming is pointless in the grander scheme of things. Yes it gives us entertainment and helps us to develop some skills — you might say that it could make you rich but playing football could make you rich and do you spend as many hours on that? — and can even provide us with comfort and a place to belong; I’ve never felt happier in my life (well, there was that one time) than when I was at rAge amongst people I could call my equals, at least in terms of gaming. But that was obviously just because I fed that gaming passion so much. But now it’s obviously different. Now I look at a whole bunch of games and think, “This is going to keep me so damn unproductive while I play all of it. Maybe I just shouldn’t.” And then I go off and do other things instead.

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It was a very drastic and shocking revelation to the eGamer WhatsApp group when I admitted that I see the pointlessness of achievements and GamerScore now. To clarify this point, I will stand and defend them as a means of helping one to prioritise, and they certainly got me to stop playing Dota as much as I once did. But now I realise that the type of prioritisation is not the correct one. And this could apply to every aspect of gaming as well.

See, just like how a person who knows big words isn’t necessarily actually smart, it’s possible to be the wrong kind of productive. At least, as far as I’m concerned it is. Sure you might consider building a bookshelf to be constructive and it is, but if you have no intention of putting books on that shelf then why bother when you could have used that time to create a keyholder for yourself, since you keep losing your keys for example. Likewise achievements and gaming in general convey a sense of false reward and instant gratification, where we are led to believe that our good deeds will result in rewards for us as people, and that if we want something then it is immediately attainable once we complete a certain checklist.

In real life it is obviously not so. That girl you like might not necessarily like you back and there’s nothing you can do about that, no matter how many ‘wear her down’ stories you’ve heard. Likewise you might never be able to afford an expensive car (Porsche for me), or work in a very high-paying job. And this isn’t me crushing dreams so much as it’s encouraging realistic thought. By all means aspire to these things but don’t expect them to magically happen. Gaming has a habit of making us think that with minimal work anything is possible. True for a videogame where you can sit on your ass and save the galaxy; not so for real life where you really need to get up and do something about what you want (Disclaimer: legal). Trust me on this one.

Some of you might consider this entire column to be unnecessary. I’m hoping that it’s because you guys already know how to ration your gaming such that it doesn’t get in the way of your living (and by extension, personal growth). Likely a lot of you will think I’m just spouting off a whole lot of bullshit that I should save for a blog somewhere, and stop presuming to preach to you about your gaming habits because how dare I and fuck me. And that’s okay. I’m not really here to change anyone’s mind so much as I’m just here to get everyone thinking about their own gaming habits (and by extension, personal growth). Nothing in our gaming industry should be so important — no matter how many billions of dollars this industry is worth — that we would be willing to lose friends (and (worthy) readers) over it.

Nothing should make you so passionate without doing as much to help you grow as a person.

So by all means, take a break from gaming every now and then and pick up a book or watch a documentary or visit a museum or just read articles on the internet even; do something to educate yourself and grow as a person. It’s often said by creationists that atheism is a path to depression and meaninglessness because without god how can anyone find purpose to their lives, but that’s just one way of looking at it. As I type this (Friday morning in a computer lab at my university) I’m quite relaxed and sated. I’m looking forward to my next meal while craving pork ribs and perhaps a mocha. I’m also thinking of the amazing sleep I’m going to have later this evening. I’m wondering when aforementioned person above (take a shot, podcast listeners) will be done with her lecture. There are other thoughts which I won’t share. But my point is, life is not devoid of meaning and certainly not depressing once you remove that thing that you’re passionate about. It ideally should not be devoid of meaning, anyway, and I speak as someone who in the last few months has played just a handful of anything.

Now ask yourself: If gaming in its entirety was removed from the world, would you survive?

If the answer is yes then awesome, hopefully you’re not just saying that and you can pick up a book or watch something for entertainment, or occupy your time otherwise. There’s always something to do — to the point that I often feel as if I’m in a rush to do as much as possible before I inevitably die — so there’s no reason to constantly fall back on one particular thing. But if the answer is no, and you truly cannot think of yourself existing in a world without a simple means of entertainment that sure, could make you rich one day, but ultimately does little for personal growth… perhaps we have a problem here.

Or maybe this entire column is me talking out of my ass and gaming is actually the best thing ever and how lost have I become in the past year? You can let me know your thoughts in the comments, because I’d truly love to read them.

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The Honest Game Trailer For Mass Effect Is Galactic Levels Of Cool http://egmr.net/2014/08/honest-game-trailer-mass-effect-galactic-levels-cool/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/honest-game-trailer-mass-effect-galactic-levels-cool/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:15:15 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=154273 If you’ve ever spent any amount of time on YouTube watching videos related to videogames, then you’ve likely come across Smosh Games. For those of you who haven’t, they’re a […]

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If you’ve ever spent any amount of time on YouTube watching videos related to videogames, then you’ve likely come across Smosh Games. For those of you who haven’t, they’re a bunch of really cool gamers who do fun videos with gaming themes.

A while back they started doing Honest Trailers — which is a thing that Screen Junkies does — for videogames, and they’ve released some hilarious ones thus far. You can check out all of their Honest Game Trailers here.

Now we have the Mass Effect one out, and it’s easily my favourite. And since we’ve recently had a lot of heated debate and animosity in these parts, I thought we might use Friday to calm things down a bit and have a laugh, because why the fuck not? So, check out the honest trailer for Mass Effect above, enjoy the lols, and then comment below and let us know what you think.

Then be sure to check out Smosh Games every Saturday, which is when they’ll be putting out new Honest Game Trailers for all of us to enjoy.

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Game Of Thrones Has A Definite Ending, And Fans Might Already Know It http://egmr.net/2014/08/game-thrones-definite-ending-fans-might-already-know/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/game-thrones-definite-ending-fans-might-already-know/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:15:18 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=154180 Everyone dies. One of the biggest problems with the recent but massive success of A Song of Ice and Fire — the books that inspired the HBO series you know […]

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Everyone dies.

One of the biggest problems with the recent but massive success of A Song of Ice and Fire — the books that inspired the HBO series you know and love as Game of Thrones — is that each book takes almost forever, said with as much hyperbole as can be mustered, to release to the world. To make matters worse, author George R R Martin is no longer a sprightly young chap but now in his sixties and running out of time. Not in a morbid ‘everyone dies’ sort of way but rather, people are basically harassing him to finish the books in case he keels over and dies soon.

Given the overwhelming amount of fan pressure he might actually do just that, if not from the stress then just to spite us.

But there is good news! Even though the series of books still has two, if not three, new additions in the planning, GRRM more or less has all of it mapped out already. Which means he knows how it’s going to end. Staggeringly, as he has just revealed, we know how it’s going to end as well.

So many readers were reading the books with so much attention that they were throwing up some theories and while some of those theories were amusing bulls– and creating, some of the theories are right. At least one or two readers had put together the extremely subtle and obscure clues that I’d planted in the books and came to the right solution.

He obviously doesn’t spoil it by telling us exactly which theories are correct, but I think we all know what he’s talking about, amirite book readers? R+L=J.

Nonetheless, GRRM is not dissuaded and is steadfast about telling his story the way he has always wanted to — although, and I’d really like to ask him this one day, I’d love to know just how much of this amazing series was planned from the get-go, and how much was added on later.

I’ve wrestled with this issue, because I do want to surprise my readers. I hate predictable fiction as a reader, I don’t want to write predictable fiction. I want to surprise and delight my reader and take them in directions they didn’t see coming. But I can’t change the plans … I wrestled with that issue and I came to the conclusion that changing it would be a disaster, because the clues were there. You can’t do that, so I’m just going to go ahead. Some of my readers who don’t read the boards, which thankfully there are hundreds of thousands of them, will still be surprised and other readers will say: ‘see, I said that four years ago, I’m smarter than you guys.’

Because if all of our lives has taught us anything, it’s that being more correct or better than someone else is an easy ticket to acceptance…

If you’d like to read some fan theories — obvious spoiler warnings included — you can check out a few here, but there are a multitude of them to be found online. Not all true, of course.

A Song of Ice and Fire — Fantasy Mystery series of books? I’m down.

What about you? Are you glad that the ending is more or less planned, so that even if GRRM bites it we’ll get the closure we want out of the series? The poor man had to turn down the opportunity for a cameo in last season’s Game of Thrones because he was busy working on the book. I really hope fans let up and give him the time and space he needs to create the next entry in this masterpiece series.

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GRRM Talks Racial Diversity In Game Of Thrones http://egmr.net/2014/08/grrm-talks-racial-diversity-game-thrones/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/grrm-talks-racial-diversity-game-thrones/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:15:51 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=154173 Or: Game Of Thrones Will Be Blacking Up For Future If you’ve read any of the A Song of Ice and Fire books then you would be forgiven for looking […]

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Or: Game Of Thrones Will Be Blacking Up For Future

If you’ve read any of the A Song of Ice and Fire books then you would be forgiven for looking at the Game of Thrones HBO series and wondering where all of the colourful characters have gone to. By colourful, we refer to racial diversity although in the books it could quite literally be taken to be colourful since after all, Daario Naharis really has purple hair. So there’s that.

Typically with the TV show characters of colour are reserved for minor roles and the only really notable changes to the book that involved racial diversity involved a pirate and a traitorous antagonist, with Salladhor Saan and Xaro Xhoan Daxos respectively. Also, male nudity is entirely warped but that’s a topic for another article.

Author of the books George R R Martin has since come out and talked about the problem of racial diversity and his solution is that he will be giving “characters of color” larger albeit still secondary roles in his upcoming and highly anticipated sixth boook, Winds of Winter.

Here is Martin’s response to a fan who claimed that the lack of racial diversity “really hurts” before asking, “must all black people in the series be servants, guards, or charlatans?”

Westeros around 300AC is nowhere near as diverse as 21st century America, of course… but with that being said, I do have some ‘characters of color’ who will have somewhat larger roles in WINDS OF WINTER. Admittedly, these are secondary and tertiary characters, though not without importance.

Of course, I am talking about the books here, and you are talking about the show, which is a thing apart. I do think HBO and David and Dan are doing what they can to promote diversity as well, as witness the casting of Areo Hotah, which you mention. Of course, Hotah IS a guard… but he is also a viewpoint character in the novels, a brave and loyal warrior.

For those of you who don’t read the books, Areo Hotah serves as personal bodyguard and advisor to Doran Martell and many of the prince of Dorne’s scenes happen through Hotah’s perspective. He’s an interesting and well-fleshed out character who in fairness does make a pretty large impact on the story down south.

Meanwhile, I guess we’ll have to comfort ourselves with ‘characters of color’ in a far more literal sense. Yes okay, our TV show Daario doesn’t have his purple hair and we’re yet to meet a certain other blue-haired character, but at least we have our Red Lady. Right? Right, guys?! The night is dark and full of terror, guys.

What do you think about it? Should HBO seek to add in more characters for the sake of representation or is it okay and is this person just having a cry and a moan? Let us know in the comments.

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eGamer Podcast #93: Rise Of A Groot http://egmr.net/2014/08/egamer-podcast-93-rise-groot/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/egamer-podcast-93-rise-groot/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:00:18 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=154033 Recorded: 12 August 2014 Welcome to episode ninety-three of the eGamer Podcast, which has all of your Gamescom 2014 and Guardians of the Galaxy need. Don’t worry, no spoilers on […]

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Recorded: 12 August 2014

Welcome to episode ninety-three of the eGamer Podcast, which has all of your Gamescom 2014 and Guardians of the Galaxy need. Don’t worry, no spoilers on the latter. But plenty spoilers about Gamescom, we’re afraid. Also included is some Thabolicious magic!

Topics discussed this week include the new Tomb Raider being an Xbox exclusive, spoiler-free Guardians of the Galaxy discussion and EA Access.

Here are the shownotes for this week’s episode:

  • Obligatory Assassin’s Creed mention.
  • What’s with all the dead people this week?
  • But why is everyone mourning a dead actor?
  • Hitler was actually a really great guy… before that whole thing with the Jews.
  • We try to figure out why the next Tomb Raider is an Xbox exclusive.
  • It’s time to talk Guardians of the Galaxy! (No spoilers, don’t worry.)
  • We have some Avengers recommendations for everyone.
  • But have you seen Call of Duty: Titanfall?
  • Someone wants this chess set.
  • Is Microsoft pretending Kinect doesn’t exist?
  • Shit gets seriously racist.
  • What exactly is EA Access and why is it a thing?
  • We answer your question.

Don’t forget that you can subscribe to the RSS feed so you never miss an episode. Enjoy.

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Let’s Get Something Straight About Tomb Raider, Console Gamers http://egmr.net/2014/08/lets-get-something-straight-tomb-raider-console-gamers/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/lets-get-something-straight-tomb-raider-console-gamers/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:00:32 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=154126 Having resisted the urge to type this up for just over half the day, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and just do it. This one is aimed specifically for […]

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Having resisted the urge to type this up for just over half the day, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and just do it. This one is aimed specifically for those PS4 fanboys who are now spouting off statements of never buying an Xbox One (as if they were going to in the first place) and complaining about how Microsoft is ruining gaming forever. (The rest of you are okay.) Let’s get something straight:

You don’t have to play every game ever.

The gaming industry certainly does not exist to cater to your every whim.

So let’s stop this bullshit about how Rise of the Tomb Raider being an Xbox exclusive is somehow detrimental to your very existence. It is a videogame. It’s not the fucking freshly-mapped human genome. It will not change your life. You will play literally hundreds of other games in your life, more if you’re lucky.

So why go on as if this is the end of the world as we know it?

Oh but it’s about the principle and how dare Microsoft steal from gamers! I have to ask: If it was said that the next Tomb Raider would be only on PS4, would everyone still have kicked up such a massive fuss or, more likely, would everyone have laughed at how the Xbox One was denied yet another great game and also where’s Kinect. After all, it’s cool to hate on the Xbox One even when Microsoft is bending over backwards to make up for their past mistakes — bless Phil Spencer, he’s even pretending Kinect doesn’t exist now.

PS4 fans especially, you guys are proving to be the scum of the gaming world, time and time again. And it’s getting ridiculous now.

Crystal Dynamics does not owe you anything. Their success was not built on a single title, nor on a single platform. They certainly don’t have to answer to you either. At least in this case — if it was about on-disc DLC or some genuinely evil business practice, then fair game.

And your screams of not wanting an Xbox One now because how dare they take a game away… I mean fuck, do you even know the kind of deals that Sony has pulled in order to secure exclusivity rights on their side? I’m not saying I do but since we’re all just making assumptions and getting upset, I thought I might throw in one of my own. Is this how we as gamers must act every time something doesn’t go our way?

If you don’t have an Xbox One and don’t plan on buying one then just sit down and play your PS4 games. You won’t get Sunset Overdrive, nor Quantum Break, nor the next Tomb Raider. And that’s okay because they’re just fucking games, for crying out loud. Besides, you’ll get Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us Remastered and you know what? I’m okay with that because again, they’re just fucking games.

I cannot emphasise this enough.

Acting as if Crystal Dynamics and Microsoft walked into your house and swore your mom does nothing for this industry. More so, it does nothing for gaming. So do everyone a favour and grow the fuck up.

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Forza Horizon 2 Is More Of The Same And That’s Perfect http://egmr.net/2014/08/forza-horizon-2-thats-perfect/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/forza-horizon-2-thats-perfect/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:30:01 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=153929 There are many games in the world that suffer from sequelitis — the concept of effectively putting out new and unnecessary iterations of a series just for the sake of […]

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There are many games in the world that suffer from sequelitis — the concept of effectively putting out new and unnecessary iterations of a series just for the sake of pushing sales and profits rather than actually creating anything genuinely worth its weight in gameplay value. (Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty, I’m looking at you two.) Then there are exceptions to this rule where every subsequent release in the series is welcomed warmly and though it doesn’t do a whole lot entirely new, it’s still fresh and exciting enough that we clamour for it; those of us who enjoy it anyway.

Forza Horizon 2, dear readers, fits firmly into the second of these categories. It’s not going to be an entirely new and unique experience, but nobody actually cares because we all just want to play it already.

Name: Forza Horizon 2
Genre: Petrolhead Fantasy
Players: 1
Multiplayer: Online
Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One
Developers: Sumo Digital, Playground Games, Turn10 Studios
Publishers: Microsoft Studios
Release Date: 30 September 2014
Price: Xbox One – $60 (R699)

Before we get to Forza Horizon 2, let’s first talk about the Horizon series of Forza titles. As you might know by now, the Forza Motorsport series released to the world a good few years ago, presenting the first real challenger to Gran Turismo’s racing crown as a serious simulator with a massive selection of cars available to players. But on Xbox 360 because Gran Turismo is obviously a Sony exclusive title. It subsequently took the world by storm and with each release, from Forza Motorsport 2 to 3 to 4, the Forza brand has grown and become something unanimously associated with quality.

But the Forza team were not content to simply put out serious simulators all the time — or perhaps it was Microsoft-commissioned — and so while series creators Turn 10 Studios worked on their next big entry into the Motorsport simulation racers, work got underway on a spinoff series more arcade in nature, called Horizon. Forza Horizon was a fun and quite entertaining arcade racer developed by Playground Games that did not try to do anything too flashy or memorable but was more just about the feel of racing high-powered cars down country roads with caution thrown to the wind and not much care for traction, grip or the perfect line (unless you wanted all of that).

It worked exquisitely and I would say that it was the best racer of that year, beating out a Need for Speed series that of late has been flailing terribly to find some success. Playground Games made it look easy.

Forza Horizon 2 will work almost exactly like Forza Horizon in that racing will take place primarily in a massive open world countryside — although this time they’ve thankfully moved away from North America and into Southern European vistas — with a massive selection of cars available; currently that count is at around two hundred unique vehicles. Hopefully they won’t be pulling the same stunts that Turn 10 Studios pulled with Forza Motorsport 5, where microtransactions ruined everything. Microsoft…

Because Forza Horizon 2 is going to be developed for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, there are also some differences in the core experience with regards to the engines and developers. The Xbox One version will be developed by Playground Games using the Forza Motorsport 5 engine, with all its new additions including a fully functional weather system and that incredible haptic trigger feedback. The Xbox 360 version meanwhile will be developed by Sumo Digital using the Forza Horizon engine from two years ago, with a few new additions but not much else to really write home about. Development on both versions will still be overseen by Turn 10 Studios.

Ideally though, you’re going to want to get your hands on the Xbox One version for maximum benefit.

Forza Horizon 2 will follow the same sequence of events as the first game in that there is a massive cross-country event called the Horizon Festival in which racers are invited to come and partake. In Forza Horizon 2 this open world, which is apparently three times larger than the first game, encompasses southern France and northern Italy. Progressing through the game’s events will unlock more areas for the player to race in. All of it will feature a fully dynamic weather system, which just sounds incredible when you think about how it will look on Xbox One.

Racing modes will be kept more or less intact with a few new additions to both singleplayer and online multiplayer, but the 1000 Club has finally found its place into the game proper. It’s called the Bucket List this time around and incorporates various challenges per vehicle, for you to perform throughout your time with the game. As for the cars themselves, over two hundred cars have been promised on release, and we expect there’ll be more via post-release DLC packs. The three featured cars for the game are the Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4, the McLaren P1, and the LaFerrari — shamelessly copy-pasted from Wikipedia.

In many ways, Forza Horizon games are the polar opposite of Forza Motorsport games. Where both share the love for cars, the simulation settings and the gorgeous tracks, one is a lot more serious and lends itself more to those petrolheads who want to feel every tug and pull of a car as they whip it around a closed racetrack, while the other lends itself more to having a good time. In Forza Horizon 2 you will get the great cars, the simulation settings if you so desire to enable them and the gorgeous racing world. But you will also get a selection of radio stations playing different genres of music, you will get a much more forgiving arcased-based system of handling, and you will also get other kinds of vehicles to drive including Jeeps and minivans, because why the hell not? The key here is having a good time and Playground Games have proven that they’re capable of delivering such.

 

Suspected Selling Points
  • The visuals will absolutely blow your mind; this is in no doubt.
  • It is almost definitely going to be a no-frills, no-fuss, pure-fun racing experience.
  • Playground Games have proven themselves capable of delivering a solid racer, and with Forza backing this means they can put out all the licensed cars they’d like, which means we get quality in the final release.

 

Potential Pitfalls
  • They could start with their microtransactions bullshit again.
  • It is entirely possible that if you can’t afford an Xbox One, you’re going to get a drastically inferior version to play.
  • And if you’re looking for something fresh and new, such as a persistently online world, then you might be left a little disappointed.

It’s important to note that with Forza Horizon 2, Playground Games understands their audience and knows what type of game to deliver. Although we haven’t had a lot of details on the game since its announcement just before E3 this year, we’ve seen a few trailers and have been drip-fed some beauty shots of cars, so we’ve definitely seen enough to know two things: This game will have a lot of cars, and it will look freaking gorgeous. So if you’re a superficial petrolhead who just wants to get onto a track and rip it up, then you really cannot go wrong here. And if you’re more serious-minded then perhaps you too can benefit from the simulation settings.

If on the other hand you’re looking for something more like The Crew where you have a persistently online racer in which you can play with friends, I mean, Forza Horizon 2 does have an online component of a sort but nothing on that level so perhaps just wait for The Crew instead. This game is for the purists, who don’t mind having some fun along the way.

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Gamescom 2014: All The Kinect Coverage At The Xbox Press Conference http://egmr.net/2014/08/gamescom-2014-kinect-coverage-xbox-press-conference/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/gamescom-2014-kinect-coverage-xbox-press-conference/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:15:44 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=154054 Looking forward to seeing what Xbox has in store for Kinect next? You certainly paid a lot for it so you can be excused for wanting to find out. Check out this article for all the information you'll need.

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“What is a Kinect?” – Phil Spencer, probably.

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Review: MotoGP 14 Is Two Wheels Short Of Being Fun http://egmr.net/2014/08/review-motogp-14-tired-exhausted-metaphor/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/review-motogp-14-tired-exhausted-metaphor/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 06:00:02 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=152789 Visit review on site for scoring. When I was younger and new to the vast gaming world at my fingertips, I found myself insatiably curious about racing titles and one […]

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When I was younger and new to the vast gaming world at my fingertips, I found myself insatiably curious about racing titles and one of the things I just couldn’t figure out was why two games that called themselves racing simulations, would have different kinds of handling and different-sounding cars. How can they purport to be simulations if they’re not identical? Of course, I then grew up a bit and came to realise that a simulation is a team’s best impression of what real-life feels like, but not necessarily exactly spot-on with real-life.

It is exactly this sort of mentality that we need to take into MotoGP 14 because if we don’t, then we might as well stop this review here and call it one of the most disappointing racing titles we’ve ever played, and keep waiting for Forza Horizon 2 to release. Because if I’m being completely honest, MotoGP 14 is not the best simulation. Nor is it extremely fun either, because you can see that it’s trying to be a simulation but just not quite pulling it off. What MotoGP is then, is a novel attempt from a developer that has been around the track a few times.

If only it was enough, man…

Perhaps the biggest reason for my disappointment is one that is exclusive to the previous-gen version and entirely missing on the PS4. If that is the case then you may immediately bump up the rating by a couple tens. The Xbox 360 version of MotoGP 14 — and once again I’ll say that this could be a different story on PS4 — is vastly inferior to anything else that has come out recently. I count the likes of Need for Speed: Rivals as well as various upcoming racers and also this past month’s GRiD Autosport, which we unfortunately could not secure a review copy of in time.

It doesn’t look nearly as delicious as those games do, even on older hardware, and it doesn’t even handle that great compared to those. Now you might argue that this is because of the simulation nature of the game, and I would agree with you to some extent, but only to some extent. For the most part it’s still just very clumsy and you’re never going to get that skin-grazing-the-concrete feel of really pushing yourself on a superbike, the way you used to in the SBK series of games. You’re honestly better off turning on the traction control setting and treating it like a hybrid, same as GRiD.

The thing that redeems MotoGP is the massive package it boasts. Phrasing. Boom.

After a short and very restrictive character creation scene upon starting up the game for the first time, you are granted a wide range of racing options to choose from. This is the first sign that MotoGP 14 plans on having you around for a while, and it’s a healthy first impression to make. Opting to start with the tutorial is a good idea because it will give you various racing settings and allow you to figure out just how much simulation you actually prefer — for me, it was somewhere between semi-pro and wtf-I-can’t-stop-falling-make-it-stop.

Arguably the main game mode is that of the MotoGP Career, which will take you from the early days of just racing for the thrill of it, into Moto3 and up all the way to full-on MotoGP championship racing across various seasons. Throughout this mode you will sign contracts to join teams and race across the world along the official racing calendar for the relevant Moto disciplines. You will also interact with your team Engineer and collect Data Packs while racing, to spec up your bike and tweak various settings. This was a particularly enjoyable thing about the Career because if nothing else, it gave you something to do that wasn’t racing bikes on tracks, over and over again. And it was quite intuitive to boot.

Other game modes include the regulars: a Time Attack mode and a Quick Race mode. Then there’s the Real Events mode which takes actual situations from last year’s MotoGP calendar and puts you into those situations while tasking you with doing as the driver originally did, or even bettering their performance. Think of falling behind after a bad crash and then being asked to regain your original position. That sort of thing. Another game mode is called Challenge of the Champions, which presents various challenges on slightly more classic bikes and with a few classic racers included. In all, while not as long-lived as the Career, they’re definitely refreshing breaks when you choose to get into them.

Finally, there’s one other game mode which is… weird, we guess? It’s the Safety Car mode and in it, you are tasked with driving a BMW M4 Coupe that handles like ass and– look, the less we say about this mode, the better. If you tire… ha, get it… sorry. If you get over playing with yourself then you’re also welcome to take the racing online and indulge in the same game modes but with friends, or rivals.

In all, MotoGP is not a particularly terrible game. It’s just not really doing anything particularly special either. In the absence of any other two-wheels racers you might think that it should not matter just how much of an authentic simulated experience this game is, or indeed that the visuals are substandard on previous-gen consoles (again, this might not be the case on PS4). Thing is, that just means you are lacking for choices, it doesn’t mean we have to now be lenient with scoring. After all, if you’re looking for a racer then chances are you want to know how it compares to other racers. If you’re looking for bikes, you’re only really getting bikes here so the review becomes superfluous. In this respect, we are absolutely going to take into account the visuals, the experience as a whole and even just the way it’s all presented.

Too little character customisation, too little in the way of fun factor, with just the right amount of authenticity and a plentiful selection of game modes to occupy yourself with. A mixed bag to say the least, but ultimately a marred racing experience that could actually be a lot better on newer consoles. We’ll never know for sure since we could only get our hands on the Xbox 360 version. And it was nothing to write home about.

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Game Of Thrones Actor Dies On Set; And Now His Watch Is Ended http://egmr.net/2014/08/game-thrones-actor-dies-set-now-watch-ended/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/game-thrones-actor-dies-set-now-watch-ended/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:15:59 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=153924 Did we just pick up this news story for the jokes? Maybe… You can be forgiven for not recognising the face you see here; he’s not one of the more […]

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Did we just pick up this news story for the jokes? Maybe…

You can be forgiven for not recognising the face you see here; he’s not one of the more well-known characters unless, of course, you’ve read the books. But Game of Thrones actor J.J. Murphy who was slated to play Ser Denys Mallister, has died at 86 only four days after shooting his first scenes for season five of the HBO series that has surpassed The Sopranos in being the network’s most watched (and likely most pirated) show.

Murphy, who hails from Northern Ireland, collapsed and died on Friday while filming. His role, for those who don’t know the books well, involved playing the oldest member of the Night’s Watch (next to Aemon Targaryen) and commander of the Shadow Tower, which is another Night’s Watch base further West of Castle Black along The Wall.

“We will not be recasting J.J. Murphy,” said producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff in a statement. “He was a lovely man, and the best Denys Mallister we could have hoped for. And now his watch is ended.”

Dammit I said it first…

Murphy was only one of a handful of fresh faces to be introduced in season five of the series; a lot of them on the complete other side of Westeros, down south in Dorne. In any case, it’s an interesting twist given how many deaths there are on the show, for a character to actually die in real life as well. We suppose there needed to be some bold new direction, and this is it.

Jokes aside, it’s always tragic to hear of actors dying on-set, and we imagine it would be even more demoralising than that icy cold weather, to have to deal with it now. We wish the Night’s Watch all the best in their arduous times ahead.

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Our 93rd Podcast Records Tonight — Ask Us Things http://egmr.net/2014/08/93rd-podcast-records-tonight-ask-us-things/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/93rd-podcast-records-tonight-ask-us-things/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:00:34 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=153899 Hands up if you were alive or born during the year 1993. Now look around and ask yourself why everyone is staring at you sitting at your PC with your […]

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Hands up if you were alive or born during the year 1993. Now look around and ask yourself why everyone is staring at you sitting at your PC with your hand up, all awkward-like. Tonight we’ll be recording episode ninety-three of the eGamer Podcast and we’d like to get you all involved in the fun.

How would you do that? Oh come on now, do we really have to tell you? Like a really good Marvel movie (foreshadowing etc) you should come to expect a certain brand and quality — or lack thereof — the moment you see this article. Nonetheless, what we want from you all today is some really cool questions. They can be about gaming, they can be about comic books, they can be about movies, they can be about comic book movies (second hint), anything you’d like really. Go down to the comments section and get asking.

Then be sure to check out either the site, our Libsyn page, iTunes or our RSS feed later in the week for the podcast, which will have all the answers and more. Tell your friends!

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Gamescom 2014: Watch Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Streamed Live At 19:00 Tonight http://egmr.net/2014/08/gamescom-2014-watch-call-duty-advanced-warfare-streamed-live-1900-tonight/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/gamescom-2014-watch-call-duty-advanced-warfare-streamed-live-1900-tonight/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:00:22 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=153859 If you’ve been chomping at the bit to see more Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, then you’re going to love Gamescom 2014. Tonight in just a few short hours (depending […]

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If you’ve been chomping at the bit to see more Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, then you’re going to love Gamescom 2014.

Tonight in just a few short hours (depending on when you’re reading this it might actually already be done, you lucky fish) there’ll be a livestream of the new shooter via the German games convention. Since all of us can’t actually fly up there to check it out, our benefactors have been kind enough to offer the embed above.

It should start working from 19:00 tonight, so definitely check back around then. Hopefully we finally get a solid look at House of Cards: The Videogame, or Kevin Spacey Takes Over, however you’d like to phrase it. Let us know in the comments how you feel about it, once you’ve had a chance to check it out.

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Filming Has Wrapped On Avengers: Age Of Ultron http://egmr.net/2014/08/filming-wrapped-avengers-age-ultron/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/filming-wrapped-avengers-age-ultron/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 11:15:01 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=153752 Fresh off the release of arguably Marvel’s most successful outing thus far with Guardians of the Galaxy comes the news that Avengers: Age of Ultron, the next in the line […]

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Fresh off the release of arguably Marvel’s most successful outing thus far with Guardians of the Galaxy comes the news that Avengers: Age of Ultron, the next in the line of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, has wrapped and is now in post-production.

This news comes via a Joss Whedon tweet earlier this week:

Also wrapping filming this week was the Fantastic Four reboot, if you care about that. With filming done, post-production will now begin on Avengers: Age of Ultron ahead of its May 2015 release date — which cannot seem to come fast enough… if you know what I mean.

In related news, the man who voiced JARVIS in previous movies has now been confirmed as Vision for Age of Ultron. As for when the Guardians of the Galaxy will be meeting and teaming up with the Avengers, there is no confirmation of that yet but according to executive producer Kevin Feige, it could happen some day. Just not right now, which is perfectly fine with us. After all, the Guardians have only just said hello to the world.

Are you excited for Age of Ultron? Let us know in the comments.

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Do You Recognise The SA Team Taking On Egypt In Dota 2 Tomorrow? http://egmr.net/2014/08/recognise-sa-team-taking-egypt-dota-2-tomorrow/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/recognise-sa-team-taking-egypt-dota-2-tomorrow/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:15:34 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=153440 So we got an MSSA press release earlier today which contained a list of the names of the South African players who will be taking on Egypt in the Dota […]

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So we got an MSSA press release earlier today which contained a list of the names of the South African players who will be taking on Egypt in the Dota 2 test match, during the Beat IT qualifiers that are currently underway.

I was quite surprised at the list… okay first let’s have a look at the players who will be representing our country. I took a screenshot because making a table is effort and I love my PrtScn button.

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Funny thing about that list is that I only recognise Pixelpusha. The rest are unknown to me. And that’s great, I mean I have no issue with unknown players representing our country — before any of you start with your “you just hate eSports players” bullshit — but the thing is, they’re kinda… you know… representing our country.

Where are the ClitsyBananas, nakors, scants, em0_llamas and Xxxplic8s of the world gone to? Why aren’t they the ones representing South Africa? I don’t know about you guys but even if it’s just a test match, I’d like my best and most well-known players representing the country if I wished to really make a spectacle of the event. It seems only logical. As much as I’m all for giving others a chance too.

Perhaps the players are just not willing to play along (no pun intended) with the MSSA, who operate on seemingly above-reproach levels of strictness and as a result have caused many players to lose faith in local eSports. Perhaps. Pro Dota 2 players, maybe you guys can chip in here and explain it to us?

All of this said, I do wish the unQs all the best against Egypt, and I hope they do us proud. Remember: Invoker wins games.

Will you guys be tuning in tomorrow to watch the international test match? And have you watched this team in action before? Let us know in the comments.

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eGamer Podcast #92: Destiny Gone Rogue http://egmr.net/2014/08/egamer-podcast-92-destiny-gone-rogue/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/egamer-podcast-92-destiny-gone-rogue/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:00:30 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=153401 Recorded: 06 August 2014 Welcome to episode ninety-two of the eGamer Podcast, which has all the Destiny talk you’ll ever need, and then some. There’s also other things, even a […]

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Recorded: 06 August 2014

Welcome to episode ninety-two of the eGamer Podcast, which has all the Destiny talk you’ll ever need, and then some. There’s also other things, even a special guest, but it’s mostly for you lovers of that luminary title from the masterminds behind the greatest gaming series on the planet. Praise be Destiny’s name. (Also obligatory AC talk.)

Topics discussed this week include Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, Destiny’s fanbase and Halo’s legacy.

Here are the shownotes for this week’s episode:

  • A wild POItjie appears!
  • What’s this new fishing game everyone is talking about?
  • How’s this new Assassin’s Creed game, hey?
  • Is Adam away planning for the new Fallout?
  • Exactly what was fun about the Destiny beta?
  • Cavie explains why Destiny won’t fail but should.
  • And we finally get some exposition on why Halo isn’t regarded so greatly.
  • Some other stuff happens.
  • No Guardians of the Galaxy talk this week, sadly.
  • We answer your questions.
  • Apparently this is funny.

Don’t forget that you can subscribe to the RSS feed so you never miss an episode. Enjoy.

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Beat IT Dota 2 Qualifiers Get Underway Today http://egmr.net/2014/08/beat-dota-2-qualifiers-get-underway-today/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/beat-dota-2-qualifiers-get-underway-today/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:15:00 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=153356 Yay eSports! Two weeks ago we posted about the Beat IT Dota 2 International eSports Tournament sponsored by MSI, which takes place in Taiwan later this year. You can read […]

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Yay eSports!

Two weeks ago we posted about the Beat IT Dota 2 International eSports Tournament sponsored by MSI, which takes place in Taiwan later this year. You can read more information on the qualifying structure through that link, but registration for the South African qualifiers has since concluded and starting today until August 17th, qualifiers are underway.

The qualifiers will be broadcast each day at MWEB’s MCave, as well as online via the MWEB GameZone Twitch Channel and on the website.

On Friday the MWEB MCave will also be the destination of an online test match between the South African and Egyptian Dota 2 teams — we’re going to refrain from making casually racist jokes here in case someone gets upset; fuck it, something about boerewors and hieroglyphics — the match will also be streamed online.

Here’s some official statement from Desmond Kurz up in yo’ face:

The South African Dota 2 team will be hosted in the MWEB MCave as they take on Egypt in an online test match on 8 August 2014. Each Dell XPS computer used by the SA team in the MCave has a 1GB connection to the internet and with Dota 2 prioritised on the MWEB network, playing at this location is sure to give our local players an advantage as they take on their African counterparts.

The Beat IT competition started in 2010, but this is the first time that Africa has its own qualifier. MWEB is very proud to be associated and to bring our talented gamers such an incredible opportunity for international success. As the largest host of gaming infrastructure in SA, we give priority to gamers on our network, but beyond that, we are passionate about gaming and about creating amazing opportunities for our gamers.

And here’s more words, this time about how it all works:

We have invited eight of the top Dota 2 teams in South Africa and Namibia, the two countries that have Dota 2 formalised leagues that we know of, to take part. However, our Sub-Saharan qualifiers also make provision for a 32 team group stage, which means the top eight teams from that group stage will go head-to-head with the eight invited teams to determine the top four teams that will be taking part in the Africa final.

Ah press releases. You make my job so much simpler.

The overall African winning team will be given $5000 towards travel, free accommodation as well as five gaming laptops courtesy MSI. So that’s nice, maybe. We’ll afford everyone involved in making this work, the same amount of appreciation I afford to people who make elevators work. Which is, for me, a lot. But for you? Well. Maybe a life lesson is in order.

eSports!

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Hearthstone, StarCraft II & League Of Legends Online Championships This Month http://egmr.net/2014/08/hearthstone-starcraft-ii-league-legends-online-championships-month/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/hearthstone-starcraft-ii-league-legends-online-championships-month/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 11:15:20 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=153265 Foreword: Since we’ve established that reporting on eSports requires a distinct departure from the usual tone of our reporting, lest we fracture the fragility of the backbone that is gaming […]

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Foreword: Since we’ve established that reporting on eSports requires a distinct departure from the usual tone of our reporting, lest we fracture the fragility of the backbone that is gaming in South Africa, we thought we’d try a slightly different approach to this one in the hopes of it going down a lot better. Specifically, we’re going to report as is expected of us. Hopefully that helps.

The MSSA and MWEB have teamed up to host an online championship on the 16th of August, for three games. The three games are: Hearthstone, StarCraft II and League of Legends.

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This is the MWEB website: MWEB website

The championship will allow gamers to qualify for eligibility to compete in National Team Trials used to select male and female gamers to represent South Africa at the 2014 IeSF World Championships, and a female national team for League of Legends. Because of the reporting style of this article, we cannot comment on the reason for a female-exclusive national team.

The tournament structure will follow MSSA rules:

  • If less than six players, the championship shall be a Round Robin Championship
  • If 6 to 10 players the championship shall be four rounds as played to the Swiss System
  • If 11 to 30 players the championship shall be five rounds as played to the Swiss System

Only players and teams currently registered with the MSSA and fully paid up may enter the championship. Entry is free if you meet the aforementioned requirements. Because of the reporting style of this article, we cannot comment on the entry fee actually being covered in paying to be a member of the MSSA.

Entries must be submitted by Thursday, 14th August. To register, participants must fill in a registration form and either fax to 086 672 1911 or email as a .pdf file to mindsportssa@iafrica.com.

Here is a breakdown of medals and colours:

Medals:

Medals shall be awarded to the first three gamers for both men and women in the following categories:

  • PREMIER: The top three places (1st, 2nd, and 3rd).
  • UNIVERSITY:Medals shall be awarded to gamers the first three gamers that have not won a Premier medal and who are students currently registered at any officially recognised University.
  • SCHOLARS: Medals shall be awarded to the first threelearners currently registered at any officially recognised school, or home schooled, provided they have not received any Premier medals.

Colours:

  • Protea Colours: Only Players that are selected to represent South Africa in International Championships may earn National Colours if the Protea Colours Board’s criteria are met..
  • National Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a National Championship will earn National Colours.
  • Provincial Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a Provincial Championship will earn Provincial Colours. All Players who score within the top 50% in a specific Period at a Provincial Championship, and who also score within the top 50% at a National Championship in the same period and in the same year, will earn Provincial Colours.

 

The first round of the championship will start at 14:00 on the 16th of August.

If you would like to shoutcast the games, you may apply in writing to mindsportssa@iafrica.com.

Obligatory thank-you to the MSSA for allowing this championship to be held. Obligatory thank-you to MWEB for hosting the championship to be held.

Go eSports!

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5 Games You Won’t Find On Xbox One Or PlayStation 4 — Number 3 Will Eat Your Brain http://egmr.net/2014/08/5-games-wont-find-xbox-one-playstation-4/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/5-games-wont-find-xbox-one-playstation-4/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 10:30:01 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=153269 In the absence of our usual feature for this week, I thought I’d take over for a bit and try out a good old list. The classic list. The inimitable […]

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In the absence of our usual feature for this week, I thought I’d take over for a bit and try out a good old list. The classic list. The inimitable list. The reliable list. The… utterly boring and overused list, by now. But hey! With that kind of tone we’re just never going to have any fun. So let’s stow that cynicism and look at five games that you just won’t find on ‘next-gen’ consoles (for the moment) but if you still have your PS3 or Xbox 360, you’re all good.

For practical purposes, we’ve only counted games releasing after the launch of both consoles. This immediately removes the awkwardness of having to discuss whether or Grand Theft Auto V was always planned for next-gen, back when next-gen was still next-gen and not current-gen. Of course, these games could find their way to the new consoles eventually. But just for the moment, we’re going to go ahead and list them for you now:

 

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

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The first of two games I’ve personally reviewed on this list is Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, an excellent (at times) sequel to the 2010 MercurySteam reboot of the Castlevania series. The game was exclusively found on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, but remained entirely beautiful to behold and a treat to play. Unfortunately if you sold your old console the moment the new ones came along then you’ve either missed out on this one, or had to resort to the PC version.

 

Dark Souls II

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The other game in this that I’ve reviewed — much to the chagrin of a shockingly loud few — Dark Souls II was the technically-third-but-second game from From Software, and followed up the brilliant and critically acclaimed Dark Souls. Bringing with it a host of changes, some good and some bad, the sequel was every bit as entertaining and brutal as the first game but only if you owned either an Xbox 360, PS3 or PC. This is probably because From Software were busy at work on ‘next-gen Dark Souls’ (yes I said it!) Bloodborne.

 

GRiD Autosport

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Sadly not a game we’ve been able to review because review copies never came (anyone?), GRiD Autosport by rights should not exist so soon after GRiD 2 released to the world just last year. Still, it’s a great addition to the series from Codemasters Racing and brings some really interesting additions to the table. It’s also a GRiD game which tends to mean it’s got the racing feel down. Once again, not something you can enjoy if you have an Xbox One or PlayStation 4, we’re afraid.

 

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

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The kind-of-sequel-but-also-prequel to Borderlands 2 (hence, Pre-Sequel) which is releasing in a few months is Gearbox’s next entry into the critically acclaimed Borderlands series, and promises to be every bit as delectably good as the games that came before it. Which is already… I want to say massive boots to fill but I just know someone will make a moon joke. Follow Handsome Jack’s rise to power as The Pre-Sequel attempts to fill in the space between the two Borderlands games but from a slightly different setting; Pandora’s moon. Only on Xbox 360, PC and PS3 though.

 

Persona 5

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Finally we have Persona 5 and I have to admit that I’m a little lost on this one, having not played a Persona game for quite some time. You’ll have to ask Marko for more information about it, but from what he has told me Persona 5 will be releasing on the PlayStation 3 in 2015. And it’s basically the reason he will be picking one up some time in the near future. So there’s that.

 

Conclusion

And there you have it. See, there’s still loads of fun to be had on your shitty old Xbox 360 (sniff) if you’re just willing to go and look for it. And when you eventually do move over to next gen, lo and behold, the games everyone else is currently going crazy for and then playing for all of five minutes before going and doing other things, will still be available to you later. Plus more, better games, as well. Cool, right?

Let us know in the comments what other games you can think of that are releasing only for the old guard. This is by no means the definitive list. Also, which of these will you be picking up?

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Our 92nd Podcast Records Tonight — Ask Us Things http://egmr.net/2014/08/92nd-podcast-records-tonight-ask-us-things/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/92nd-podcast-records-tonight-ask-us-things/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 09:00:28 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=153238 Never forget: In an isolated system, entropy can only increase. It’s that time of the week again, tonight we’re going to be recording episode ninety-two of the eGamer Podcast, now […]

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Never forget: In an isolated system, entropy can only increase.

It’s that time of the week again, tonight we’re going to be recording episode ninety-two of the eGamer Podcast, now with at least forty percent more “eggmuhr”, another ten percent “ee-gee-em-arr” and fifty percent more movies. Games for who?

As usual during this time of the week, we want to get you involved in our show, and we want you to do that by asking us questions. Scroll down to the comment section and post questions to us. They can be about absolutely anything, whether it’s gaming-related, movies-related, site-name-related, or pretty much anything else in the world.

Then be sure to check out either the site, our Libsyn page, iTunes or our RSS feed later in the week for the podcast, which will have all the answers and more. Tell your friends!

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Life, The Universe And Gaming: Have Games Begun To Fit Social Stereotypes? http://egmr.net/2014/08/life-universe-gaming-games-begun-fit-social-stereotypes/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/life-universe-gaming-games-begun-fit-social-stereotypes/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 09:00:01 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=153127 “You know why all the world hates a Lannister? You think your gold and your lions and gold lions make you better than everyone.” Those were the bone-chilling words of […]

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“You know why all the world hates a Lannister? You think your gold and your lions and gold lions make you better than everyone.”

Those were the bone-chilling words of Oberyn Martell, the Seven rest his soul. While the Red Viper of Dorne was speaking specifically of a Westerosi family from easily the most popular franchise in current times, you could actually take that quote and apply it to gaming. For example, do you know why all the world hates a Call of Duty player? See how I did it.

Of late I’ve found that more and more, games have been assuming certain roles within the larger part of the industry. Let’s take a look at it from the social perspective first.

Consider if you will, your primary school or high school or even, to some extent, university — if you got that far, obviously. Consider the type of people who were quite easily found in such communities. You had your plastics, your jocks, your nerds, your academics, your goths and of course, your stoners. Almost every conceivable social situation involves one or more of these types of people, and although — as excellently portrayed in 21 Jump Street — sometimes these groups of people vary in popularity and cool factor, their existence is hard to miss. Sure, as with all society there are standouts. For example, a jock could actually be quite the nerd. More so in 2014, when the world is facing such a drastic shift in social norms and the like.

Of course, stereotypes exist for a reason and while it might now be politically incorrect to expect an Indian person to enjoy hot food, or a black American to listen to gangster rap, there does exist a decent enough amount of people who justify these predispositions and effectively vindicate whatever predilection others might have towards them. But yes, absolutely, it must be emphasised that in today’s day and age it is possible to find someone who hangs out with gangsters and has probably been arrested, yet knows the backstories of every Marvel Comics character and wishes to get married to the person they love, rather than banging every person they ever encounter. I actually love the world we live in, for this reason. More especially, I love breaking societal norms.

So with all of that in mind, let’s bring it back to gaming — and yes I did discuss a similar thing a few years ago — and look at some of the stereotypes that exist at present. Call of Duty players are all foul-mouthed teenagers who have fucked your mom, Halo players are anti-social shut-ins who live with their parents and base their entire self-worth on how many times they can teabag your corpse, Dota players are the scum of the Earth, FIFA players buy the same game every year because they’re obsessed with sport and fancy themselves budding football stars, people who play and love the BioShock games are arts-y and pretentious and love throwing around the name Ayn Rand… and so on and so forth.

These are just a few of the stereotypes that exist in the gaming sphere. And you know what? I’ve seen enough of each of those types of gamer to stand back and go, “Yeah. Absolutely, those gamers seem to be filling some stereotypes.” And that, quite frankly, is shocking.

Now perhaps a fair lot of you lovely folk are rolling your eyes and going, “Is this news to you?” Sure. It’s been an established and accepted ‘fact’ that the likes of racing and sports games are purely for casuals and fans of a particular thing, whereas it is the destiny of the anime-obsessed to play JRPGs, and so on. Sure. I’ll grant that. But still, isn’t it so restricting to consider? That there exists an impossible to ignore percentage of players of a particular game, who fit the equally impossible to ignore stereotype regarding their reasons for and their means of playing that game.

So what are our gaming stereotype equivalents? Are the Call of Duty players the jocks, the Sims players the plastics (sexist?), the action adventure players the regular folk who don’t fit into any particular niche, and the indie gamers the, well, hipsters? Perhaps RPG players are the academics of the world, and the metalheads are the ones who still play Guitar Hero so many years after its untimely death?

Do you fit into one of these stereotypes yourself? Or do you play more of a hybrid role of enjoying the likes of Call of Duty, Borderlands, Mass Effect and Skyrim, without necessarily adapting yourself to a particular frame of mind? Are you one of those gangsters who is secretly into comic books and everlasting love? In 2014 as our societal norms are pushed on an almost daily basis, and we come across more and more compelling arguments that stereotypes can be broken in the most spectacular ways, would not it be the coolest thing ever to just be someone who plays any type of game, regardless of the genre or stereotype, just for the fun of it? Wouldn’t that be great?

Don’t stop there. Why not hit up the comments and tell us which stereotypes you think you fit. What are your favourite types of games and what do you know to be common for people who play those types of games? We’d love to hear your thoughts, nerds.

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Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy Is Not The New Star Wars But Better http://egmr.net/2014/08/movie-review-guardians-galaxy-best-marvel-movie-nobody-actually-needs/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/movie-review-guardians-galaxy-best-marvel-movie-nobody-actually-needs/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 06:00:34 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=153083 You’re welcome. That is the line so emphatically plastered onto every poster that has been used thus far to promote Guardians of the Galaxy. Rightly so, given that this is […]

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That is the line so emphatically plastered onto every poster that has been used thus far to promote Guardians of the Galaxy. Rightly so, given that this is effectively a $170 million movie about a bunch of what you might consider D-list Marvel superheroes. And they’re not even technically superheroes at that. Not quite on the level of The Avengers or X-Men, the Guardians of the Galaxy have filled a niche on the cosmic side of comic books. Now the world gets to see what they’re all about, and would you believe it… Marvel actually pulled it off.

I’ve been ridiculously excited for Guardians of the Galaxy, ever since the first trailer released at Comic Con last year. I’ve since watched all of the trailers going into double digits, and that after swearing off trailers for Marvel movies because I felt they gave away too much plot. Fast forward to release day last Friday, and the moment I was able to, I was standing in line eager to get my hands on a ticket and watch the movie. On that note, I recommend IMAX 3D because this movie will do that justice.

For those of you who don’t really know what it is, and you would be excused for that, Guardians of the Galaxy follows a ragtag band of misfits and their adventures in space. Kind of like Star Wars only none of that incest bullshit, and an arguably cuter comedic relief character — sorry Chewie. In the cosmic universe, things go onto a much larger scale. Entire planets are destroyed by cosmically powered beings, and the Guardians of the Galaxy exist to simply stop that from happening. Related to the Guardians are the Nova Corps, whom you can compared to Green Lanterns as the galaxy police of a kind. The Guardians meanwhile, operate on the fringes of what’s technically legal, and make for a much more interesting approach to saving not just Earth (suck it, Avengers) but the galaxy as a whole. In doing so, they meet and interact with a whole bunch of colourful characters, various types of aliens who each belong to their own planets and serve their own purposes.

In that way, you might almost consider Guardians of the Galaxy to be equal parts the most important Marvel movie yet and at the same time the most unnecessary. Here’s why:

Since the first Iron Man movie released, Marvel Studios had a long-term plan in the works. Slowly building up the main Avengers characters before releasing Avengers in 2012. During the credits of that movie, we caught our first glimpse of Thanos, a ridiculously overpowered cosmic being who has the ability to kill indiscriminately, and destroy entire planets. It was at that point that we realised that Marvel Studios really means business with this Marvel Cinematic Universe plan of theirs. See, Thanos is responsible for one of the greatest Avengers stories in comic books, entitled The Infinity Gauntlet. The Infinity Gauntlet is a golden glove powered by six Infinity Stones which allows the wearer unrivalled cosmic power. Without spoiling it, the Avengers are decimated by it, and now we know that the third Avengers movie will focus on Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet storyline. Now we’ve already seen two Infinity Stones, with the Tesseract and the Aether, so that leaves four more to collect.

Cue Guardians of the Galaxy which introduces the third Infinity Stone to the story, which we’ll call the Orb for the purposes of this review. Not just the Infinity Stone, but Guardians of the Galaxy also (finally) introduces us to Thanos and gives us a glimpse of the maniacal supervillain of cosmic proportions. Without spoiling all of it, the story revolves around human Peter Quill (who self-identifies as Star-Lord), who was abducted from Earth on probably the shittiest day of his life. From there he became a raider, and his only tie to Earth was his Sony Walkman. While stealing the Orb from a derelict cave on a desolate planet, he incurred the wrath of the Kree. A Kree fanatic known as Ronan the Accuser was also searching for the Orb, and sends his best assassin after him to retrieve it.

Some craziness ensues and Peter, the assassin, as well as a few bounty hunters and a complete madman end up having to band together to form quite possibly the most interesting and diverse team-up since forever, escape imprisonment and stop Ronan the Accuser from destroying the home planet of the Nova Corps using the Orb. And that’s all you really need to know about the plot. In fact, you didn’t even need to know that but hey, $170 million Guardians of the Galaxy movie says, “What up.”

The thing I absolutely adore about this movie is that it at no point opts to take itself seriously. There might be a reason for this, which I’ll come back to later, but it is such a charming departure from the super-serious and at times morbid tones of the likes of Iron Man 3 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Chris Pratt is at his all time best here, and does what he does so effortlessly. A standout performance from Dave Bautista serves to further emphasise just how well-imagined these characters are. And finally, every time Rocket opens his mouth to say something, you can expect to at least chuckle a bit. The humour is spot-on and fits perfectly with a movie that really speaks of Marvel having some fun for a change.

Meanwhile the action is engaging and interesting, and while some fundamental laws of Astrophysics might come into question (for example, just how long can one last out of a planet’s atmosphere?) the movie never looks as if it’s jumping the shark or overdoing it. All through these action scenes are a selection of seventies and eighties songs played via Star-Lord’s Walkman — something I absolutely adore James Gunn for, since he did a similar thing in Lollipop Chainsaw. It makes for a very unique style of movie, to see the kind of special effects being displayed to you to the backing sounds of Blue Swede’s Hooked on a Feeling. Quite extraordinary is that across the length of the movie were a bountiful sprinkling of action scenes and not one of them looked like another. Unique, well-choreographed action but with scenes and screenplay that would be familiar to fans of previous Marvel Studios movies. And you know what? It worked.

Another massive boon to the movie is that it never stops and takes unnecessary amounts of time to provide copious amounts of exposition. In fact, you were probably more informed by this review’s content than you were in the movie. Not that the movie is trying to dumb itself down, it’s just that Marvel Studios understands its audience well now; they understand that a lot of people going in to watch those movies — despite the handful of nerds who know anything and everything there is to know about Marvel Comics — with little if not no prior knowledge of the cosmic universe. So while it’s great to throw around names like Ronan the Accuser (who in the comics visited Earth and judged it, but was fought off by the Avengers with the help of the Guardians) or Korath the Pursuer (the dude from the trailers who goes, “Who?!”) not a lot of people in the cinema actually care much for those characters. So Guardians of the Galaxy opts simply to not make much mention of them and move along with its story. Perfectly done. Exquisitely done, in fact. Because it means that even the average Joe viewer can watch the movie without being ridiculously lost, and folks such as myself who know a thing or two still get our fan service as well.

Although that said, if there is one criticism I do have of the movie (besides the notable absence of a character called Adam Warlock) it’s that this very notion of catering to all audiences means that — and here’s where we come back to that point I said I’d discuss later — Guardians of the Galaxy is a movie that could exist entirely on its own, and then be entirely cut out from continuity if at some point audiences decided to stop going in to watch it. What does this mean? Well, consider if you will that Phil Coulson was in the first Iron Man movie, as well as the sequel and Thor. He was then the fundamental glue that brought the Avengers together. Now Guardians of the Galaxy has elements that tie things together for Avengers 3; a new Infinity Stone and a first encounter with Thanos. But if the movie had failed and the studio had come under pressure for even making it — after all, who funds a movie about characters barely anyone has actually heard about? — then Guardians of the Galaxy could well have been cut out entirely and none of it would have mattered. And that… kinda sucks to think about. Especially considering the amazing movie they put together.

I do take comfort in the fact that nobody thought green-lighting a $170 million Guardians of the Galaxy movie (I will never stop emphasising this) was a good idea, but it worked out in the end and the movie had the highest opening of 2014 beating out the likes of Captain America: Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Think about that for a second…

From the very first trailer Marvel had us hooked. They took underrated director James Gunn (whom I’ve adored ever since Lollipop Chainsaw), a cast of characters that even some hardcore Marvel Comics fans know very little about, $170 million, and Kevin Feige’s brain, and created quite possibly their best Marvel movie yet. Now I wasn’t around during the early eighties to appreciate the revelation that Star Wars was, back then. Since then I do consider Star Wars to be a great franchise but something that everyone should move on from. It is my hope that with Guardians of the Galaxy, the world will finally be able to do just that. Finally, a proper space romp filled with action, adventure and a barrel of laughs. Go and watch Marvel Studios have some fun on screen.

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Who’s Watching Guardians Of The Galaxy Today? http://egmr.net/2014/08/whos-watching-guardians-galaxy-today/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/whos-watching-guardians-galaxy-today/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:15:59 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=152969 Or: Get Hyped! To many people in the world, today is the first day of August; the eighth month on the Gregorian calendar, a new month of internet bandwidth or […]

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Or: Get Hyped!

To many people in the world, today is the first day of August; the eighth month on the Gregorian calendar, a new month of internet bandwidth or perhaps just a sign of how fast the year is passing everyone buy. A month for women. A month for cupcakes. A month for birthdays, if you’re a member of my family.

But to geeks around the world, and to me especially, August, and specifically today, means one thing that one thing only:

Finally moving out of my parents’ house. Guardians of the Galaxy!

I cannot fully explain with words, just how much this movie excites me. There are a few reasons why. For one, I’m just a ridiculously massive (not fat) fan of comic books that don’t take themselves too seriously, and Guardians of the Galaxy has always strode that line between serious and hilarious. For another, this movie has all the looks of a new franchise and could very easily eclipse Star Wars in the coming years. Sure, the world isn’t as starved for good sci-fi as it was back in the eighties, but that doesn’t mean this movie won’t make waves.

Mostly though, I’m just so damn excited at the idea of Marvel finally letting seriousness take a backseat and having some fun with something for a change. I mean yeah, the recent Captain America movie was an entertaining watch, and so was Iron Man 3, but for me there was a key factor missing and that’s fun. They were doing a lot of serious acting in those films, but were they having fun while doing it?

Cue Andy from Parks & Rec.

Two weeks ago, I wrote about why you should care about the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. If you need more convincing then go and check out that link. For now, how about we open up the comments section for discussion about the film that opened on Rotten Tomatoes with 100% and has been receiving almost unanimous amounts of high praise, to the point that I have had to do a media blackout just to keep from gouging out my eyeballs in anticipation.

Guardians of the Galaxy. Are you watching it soon, and how much are you looking forward to it? Perhaps we can have a movie discussion in a separate article a week from now, after we’ve all watched it and cum (came? cummed?) everywhere. For now, let’s get hyped!

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Fox Should Sit Down And Shut Up Because The Deadpool Movie Looks Amazing http://egmr.net/2014/08/deadpool-movie-looks-fittingly-amazing/ http://egmr.net/2014/08/deadpool-movie-looks-fittingly-amazing/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:30:49 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=152937 In the aftermath of Comic Con 2014, two of the biggest things on the internet in the past week were actually leaked trailers. One of them was actually from the […]

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In the aftermath of Comic Con 2014, two of the biggest things on the internet in the past week were actually leaked trailers. One of them was actually from the event itself; the Superman/Batman (I prefer saying it that way) teaser, which was excellent fan service but ultimately superficial. Far better, and not at all present at the show, was the leaked Deadpool test footage.

We’re going to take a risk and embed the video up above until it gets pulled — hi lawyers — so that you can watch the awesomeness unfold. Make no mistake: This is absolutely the Deadpool movie the world has been clamouring for.

The test footage, just under two minutes long and entirely computer generated, comes from the masterminds at Blur Studios on behalf of 20th Century Fox. It was leaked online this past week in what initially seemed like an in-studio breach but later was rumoured to be a hack. This makes sense when you consider that a lot of Blur Studios employees initially shared the link with the world, and were just glad to see it out there. Not long after, they were effectively silenced.

Even Deadpool creator Robert Liefield had some words to say on the matter:

Fox lawyers have been throwing copyright holds out left, right and centre to ensure that nobody else sees the test footage and uploaded videos are pulled from every possible site; even sites that syndicate and embed videos from other sites are being hit with legal warnings; which means we should expect an email soon, I expect.

Just in case that does happen, here’s a write-up of the trailer by Mashable:

The clip opens with Deadpool in full red costume and mask, sitting on a highway overpass, while drawing with crayons and singing/swaying along to Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” on a cheap transistor radio marked “Wade” (Wade Wilson is his real name). We get a taste of why Deadpool is called “the Merc with a Mouth” as he smart-asses straight into the camera.

That’s an important style choice, because as Deadpool readers know, he’s the only character to break the fourth wall in the comics: Not only does he talk directly to the reader, but he’s often self-referential, spoofing superhero tropes and committing other comic-book no-nos. But that’s Deadpool for you.

Then Deadpool spots his mark: central casting-type thugs in black vehicles. He jumps several hundred feet to the freeway, below, smashing through the sunroof of a Cadillac Escalade and landing in the middle seat; with a few choice sass-offs to the occupants, the extraordinarily violent ass-kicking begins. One passenger is thrown under the vehicle, another gets his neck snapped. All that’s left is the driver.

Deadpool yanks the emergency brake, and the vehicle overturns and flips wildly through the air toward a motorcyclist who’s clearly part of the cavalcade, because he opens fire on the tumbling vehicle with a machine gun. As it rolls toward the biker, Deadpool’s head pops up in the broken sunroof, and he holds up his drawing: It’s a childish rendering of Deadpool beheading a motorcyclist with his double swords — a hand-drawn prophecy that then immediately comes true.

Deadpool being Deadpool, he can’t resist a final comic flourish: The window of the now-stopped vehicle rolls down, and we see the motorcyclist’s removed head (helmet included) pop up — Deadpool is using it as a hand-puppet.

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Curiously, the clip ends with Deadpool waving into the camera, and saying, “Hi, Tom!” — not a known reference in Deadpool’s comic book world, but probably well-known to Fox. It’s likely a sly nod to Tom Rothman, who was chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment until his resignation in September 2012. The footage was likely made well before then, when a Deadpool script was still actively kicking around at the studio.

The thing is, it’s kind of a fucking brilliant trailer and if anything, serves even further to justify fans’ overwhelming desire to see a Deadpool movie make it to cinema screens. So why is Fox holding back like this? Perhaps it’s because brutal, bloody and bodacious is not their style and they’d rather keep it to PG13 fare for maximum audience exposure?

Maybe so but Deadpool’s fanbase is massive and no self-respecting comic book fan would shun the opportunity to watch it; then again, perhaps we’re just mistaking what studios see as catering to families using comic books, as them catering to us as consumers… a common error, I suppose.

I really wish that Fox would step up and give us the kinds of movies that would make them by far and away the better studio than Disney, with their Marvel Cinematic Universe. A proper, adult-oriented X-Men movie has already happened in Days of Future Past, there are widespread reports of an X-Force movie in the coming years. So why not a standalone movie for the likes of Deadpool and Cable? Arguably just as popular as Wolverine; far more interesting as well.

Stagnation and playing safe is going to be the death of comic book movies. You heard it here first.

What do you think of the footage, if you’ve seen it? Would you watch this movie? Also, to studios, once a trailer leaks and everyone has seen it, what is the point of pulling it and throwing around copyright claims? You know you can’t beat the internet, right? Why try? Because you’ll lose the copyright hold if you don’t? Perhaps try not being so damn secretive then. It isn’t the worst idea in the world.

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eGamer Podcast #91: Because Science http://egmr.net/2014/07/egamer-podcast-91-science/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/egamer-podcast-91-science/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:00:52 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=152672 Recorded: 29 July 2014 Welcome to episode ninety-one of the eGamer Podcast, now with a million percent more off-topic than last week… because that makes complete sense. Also, science! Topics […]

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Recorded: 29 July 2014

Welcome to episode ninety-one of the eGamer Podcast, now with a million percent more off-topic than last week… because that makes complete sense. Also, science!

Topics discussed this week include Comic Con 2014, PS4 price cuts and reading books.

Here are the shownotes for this week’s episode:

  • We start off with some Jew jokes!
  • Things get serious for a moment.
  • Aaaaaand we’re back to random lols.
  • How’s that GS4 though?
  • Let’s talk Comic Con 2014.
  • The Hobbit, and other fantasy books we love.
  • Is the PS4 getting a price cut soon?
  • Did you know that AMD owns Raptr?
  • Who could best play Ellie in The Last of Us?
  • Shit gets super serious again.
  • We answer your questions.
  • Adam posts some bonus content.
  • AG responds in the post-credits.

Don’t forget that you can subscribe to the RSS feed so you never miss an episode. Enjoy.

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Here’s 21 Of The Coolest Things That Happened At Comic Con 2014 http://egmr.net/2014/07/heres-21-coolest-things-happened-comic-con-2014/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/heres-21-coolest-things-happened-comic-con-2014/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:15:44 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=152676 Just one more Comic Con 2014 related article. For those of you who’ve watched all of the panels and seen the cosplays and the P Diddy videos, here is a […]

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Just one more Comic Con 2014 related article. For those of you who’ve watched all of the panels and seen the cosplays and the P Diddy videos, here is a list of twenty-one amazing things that happened at this year’s event. Found on 9GAG, of all places.

Let us know in the comments, which was your favourite. Mine is almost definitely Mark Ruffalo’s reaction to Paul Rudd. ROFL.

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August’s Games With Gold Lineup Is Looking Great http://egmr.net/2014/07/augusts-games-gold-lineup-looking-great/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/augusts-games-gold-lineup-looking-great/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:15:59 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=152562 Since Microsoft released the Games With Gold program last year in June, we have received a mixed bag of games nobody wants to play ever, and games that are actually […]

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Since Microsoft released the Games With Gold program last year in June, we have received a mixed bag of games nobody wants to play ever, and games that are actually really fun and worthy additions to the program. The idea is that if you have an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription then you’re rewarded each month with two games, absolutely free of charge.

This month fell more into the former category, with games that people have not felt much inclination to own. The previous month was far, far better. And again next month (August), we’re going to be getting some games that we can really enjoy owning.

Xbox One players, across the entirety of August you will be able to download the following two games:

  • Crimson Dragon — spiritual successor to the Panzer Dragoon series.
  • Space Suit Zero: Director’s Cut — an ID@Xbox space simulator.

Xbox 360 owners will also get two games:

  • Motocross Madness — available between August 1st and 15th.
  • Dishonored — available between August 16th and 31st.

One Xbox LIVE Gold account will do it, if you own both consoles. The games can also be accessed once the subscription expires if you’re on Xbox 360, however not the case on Xbox One.

A better showing from Microsoft this month, wouldn’t you say? Let us know if you’ll be picking up these games when they’re available.

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Our 91st Podcast Records Tonight — Ask Us Things http://egmr.net/2014/07/91st-podcast-records-tonight-ask-us-things/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/91st-podcast-records-tonight-ask-us-things/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:00:23 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=152547 “The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.” True believers, tonight we record episode ninety-one of the eGamer Podcast, and in this […]

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“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”

True believers, tonight we record episode ninety-one of the eGamer Podcast, and in this article we want you all to get involved in yet another in our series of weekly internet creations, with words and stuff. Because socialist reasons but also it’s just fun to partake in things.

What we’d simply love from you is the following: Think up some really cool questions, whether it pertains to gaming or anything else. Then scroll down to the comments section and post those questions to us. Congratulations, you’ve just added your little piece of participation to our podcast. And we love you for it.

Then be sure to check out either the site, our Libsyn page, iTunes or our RSS feed later in the week for the podcast, which will have all the answers and more. Tell your friends!

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Everything You Need To Know About San Diego Comic Con 2014 In Five Infographs http://egmr.net/2014/07/everything-need-know-san-diego-comic-con-2014-five-infographs/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/everything-need-know-san-diego-comic-con-2014-five-infographs/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:00:03 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=152552 Everyone loves infographs, right? What better way to learn anything on the internet… you know, besides picking up a proper book and reading. But hey! We’re not here to judge. […]

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Everyone loves infographs, right? What better way to learn anything on the internet… you know, besides picking up a proper book and reading. But hey! We’re not here to judge.

In case you missed it — and really, how could you — this past weekend saw San Diego hosting yet another Comic Con, complete with massive announcements mostly along the lines of comic book movies and Game of Thrones panels, and the guys over at Way To Blue decided to capture every day of the event based on Twitter activity, in infographs. So without further ado, here are the five pictures that best capture the five days of San Diego Comic Con 2014. Remember that you can click each one to enlarge it, and see it in better detail.

 

Day 1

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Day 2

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Day 3

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Day 4

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Day 5

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There you have it. All five days. Now don’t forget to Google the Batman/Superman leaked trailer, and gawk at the awesome that is soon to come.

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Be A Space Cowboy In Firefly Online With The Actual Cast Of The Series http://egmr.net/2014/07/space-cowboy-firefly-online-actual-cast-series/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/space-cowboy-firefly-online-actual-cast-series/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:15:04 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=152528 Firefly is an almost universally acknowledged special thing from the mind of Joss Whedon, and fans of the series such as myself have had our hopes dashed time and time […]

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Firefly is an almost universally acknowledged special thing from the mind of Joss Whedon, and fans of the series such as myself have had our hopes dashed time and time again. The series was cancelled a long, long time ago now and yet it still lives on in each person who watched and thoroughly enjoyed it.

What other series took cowboys, space and the Chinese language, and mixed it all together so effortlessly?

But did you know that there’s going to be a Firefly game coming out? That’s right, it’s called Firefly Online and while it’s by no means a triple-A experience it’s still a game about the series, and that should earn it at least a look. Doubly so because the entire cast of the series will be reuniting for the game.

That’s right, you can meet the entirety of the crew of Firefly, voiced by their actual actors, in Firefly Online. Check out the video above, which has some gameplay footage for you to behold, as well as a special cameo. And then let us know in the comments if you’re as intrigued by this project as I am.

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Critique Is Healthy For Your Movie Experiences http://egmr.net/2014/07/critique-healthy-movie-experiences/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/critique-healthy-movie-experiences/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:15:18 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=152291 Oftentimes the word ‘critic’ is confused with the word ‘cynic’. A cynic is someone who is always suspicious and mistrusting of something, assuming it will fail before it has ever […]

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Oftentimes the word ‘critic’ is confused with the word ‘cynic’. A cynic is someone who is always suspicious and mistrusting of something, assuming it will fail before it has ever begun. Related: jaded. A critic on the other hand is someone who is capable of communicating their impressions of something, and who has the capability of distinguishing between their various reactions to something.

As an example, let’s say you’ve just watched the end of Titanic, which I’m sure you all know by now. When Jack is freezing to death and Rose is on the door-raft, our emotional response to this scene is that of sadness, despondence, dread perhaps. We cry for the sadness of the situation. We are upset at their bittersweet ending. However our logical response, ideally, would be to wonder why Rose does not simply help Jack up and onto the door-raft so that they can share it, or take turns perhaps. Confused, we would perhaps keep watching and see the cuteness of the ending but ultimately understand that it was overly dramatised with the direct intention of garnering emotional response.

Likewise with any other movie, a whole new world of thought is opened up to you when you start to think critically (read: for yourself) while watching them. Likewise, games, music and pretty much anything else. The great thing? You don’t have to actually be a qualified critic, either. You just have to be able to read what isn’t necessarily explicitly there.

Let’s take another example, using the Elysium. This movie is about Matt Damon being born to the lower-class, the proles, whatever you’d like to call them, then having an accident and requiring surgery that can only happen in the upper-class area of the world he lives in. The upper class meanwhile, are being snobbish and keeping their resources to themselves. Great movie with great conflict, right? Ultimately though, it is an allegory of the current situation about illegal immigrants and the United States of America. They have better health care, better education, a better economy, and yet a lot of citizens will actively turn away immigrants because, “They’re taking our jobs!” Or equivalent internet meme.

Being critical of a movie does not mean being negative about it. It just means having the acuity to see both the bigger and the smaller picture. I quite enjoyed Elysium in this case, and I was quite delighted by its portrayal of the world. I was taken by the actors (although Jodie Foster was… weird, in it) and their roles in the story. Especially South-African-born Sharlto Copley. What a great actor. In that sense, my enjoyment of the movie was only amplified by my being able to see what was really going on behind the presentation layer. Although, yes, it could also ruin the experience.

For our final example, we’ll use The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Great web-swinging sequences, really funny dialogue including some of the best Spidey one-liners since the original comic books, a delightfully cute coupling of Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. But ultimately (no pun intended) a terrible movie and quite possibly the worst portrayal of Peter Parker out of his Spider-Man suit ever. Ever. Yes, not even Toby Maguire was that terrible.

In the case of TASM2 though, it was even an outwardly bad movie in parts, without any trace of an actual storyline other than, “Young man spends entire movie predicting bad thing that will ultimately happen but you didn’t think it would happen but it did… unless you read the comics and knew already.” Electro’s scenes were great, with the dubstep-infused soundtrack almost as if his presence was actively affecting the movie. Green Goblin looked weird but served well enough to be creepy and eerily entertaining. But what exactly was TASM2 about? Because there are two massive failings I can immediately identify: For one, Peter Parker is not meant to be ‘cute’ or ‘pretty’ or whatever. Andrew Garfield, great actor though he is, is a terrible Peter Parker for this reason. When out of his Spider-Man costume, you’re supposed to be anxious to see him get back because Peter Parker is so boring and mundane by comparison. In contrast, the movie presented an unrealistically cute nerdy kid who is supposed to be a science genius, yet needs to YouTube tutorials about batteries, why? The other failing of the movie is that Peter never really learns anything throughout the film. This is supposed to be the movie about the guy who has every possible kind of bad thing happen to him, and yet still does the responsible and right thing. It’s a tragic comedy in that respect, like the Shakespearean stories of old.

What we got instead was two and a bit hours of two characters breaking up and getting back together again, only for the thing they feared to end up happening anyway, but it’s okay because she said she wanted it. Meanwhile, two side characters caused some damage in a city and therefore warranted the appearance of the costumed superhero. Apart from that, the movie was absolute sequel-bait and in this case, I wish I could just switch off my brain and enjoy the visuals but it’s just so damn hard.

The thing is, I consider myself more enriched by being critical of a movie. I don’t mean overthinking and analysing every single minute detail of a movie — it’s a common joke about art that you could make anyone believe that something is about anything if you only let them apply their thought process to it — but rather just not being passive about whatever you’re watching. Think about what just happened. Ponder on possible paradoxes. Consider the characters and their roles in the story, as well as their relationships with each other.

Critique is important; it’s healthy, and it will absolutely benefit your viewing experience.

Nothing is quite so rewarding about watching a movie, as being able to understand the themes and underlying messages that a director or producer is trying to convey. After all, that’s kind of the point of the movie, isn’t it? So the next time you go to watch a movie, hopefully Guardians of the Galaxy, remember to question everything (why?), ask yourself why Starlord is the way he is, or why Rocket gets upset when people call him Raccoon, or indeed what motivates Drax to be his brutish self. Think of Ronan the Accuser and the Collector and try to understand their motivations. If something happens later on, try to connect it back to what happened earlier on and see if it fits. It sounds like work but I promise you, you’ll enjoy it and you’ll never look at movies the same again.

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Local eSports Is Srsbsns http://egmr.net/2014/07/local-esports-srsbsns/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/local-esports-srsbsns/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:15:07 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=152286 There’s a fine line between journalism and anything that gaming websites actually do; often we like to blur that line and simply ride it because it makes more sense to […]

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There’s a fine line between journalism and anything that gaming websites actually do; often we like to blur that line and simply ride it because it makes more sense to let people think we’re journalists than to try and correct them by saying that we didn’t actually study journalism but we still do the same job, more or less. In a way, this is very liberating because it means that we have some creative freedoms that even regular journalists do not have.

For example, I recently reported on a Call of Duty tournament that happened in Joburg. Now this report comprised only the results of the competition, as well as some basic information of the structure and layout of the event as well as a picture or two. It was all taken directly from a press statement emailed to us by a local communications company. Typically, we at eGamer do not really cover eSports a lot — and we’ve had our reasons for this. I on the other hand, quite enjoy eSports. I like watching it, I like talking about it, I think it’s a great way to keep people from killing each other IRL (although, conversely, curing cancer I suppose) and I even fancy myself able to participate in it if I was only more serious about my gaming (sue me for not wanting to take anything seriously in my gaming).

So naturally I thought where was the harm in reporting on what would otherwise be a quite robotic news piece that shared the results of said Call of Duty competition. To add a little flair (or spice, since I’m Indian), I decided to inject a little humour into the article; I honestly just thought it would be good for a laugh or two, and it would still help to promote local eSports, and that would be that. You know, a tongue-in-cheek way of going about otherwise mundane reporting.

The result? Well: A venerable shitstorm erupted.

At first I couldn’t really figure out why. I mean, I told a few edgy jokes but here at eGamer we don’t shy away from making some controversial jokes if it means our readers get a laugh out of it. We’ve made jokes about the holocaust — aka the worst thing to ever happen to the world in recorded human history — and at least one article a week contains the word cunt, so where was the harm in making a few jokes while providing coverage of a local eSports tournament that was already being covered by most sites here in SA anyway?

Then I realised that it wasn’t actually what I wrote but rather how it was painted; rather, some person talked about it as being an attack on the local Call of Duty community, and another person talked about it being an example of shitty journalism, and the negative stigma carried through to others who opened the site — some, for the first time — with an already pessimistic perspective, looking for a fight. Immediately they saw the words I meant in a joking light, in a far darker version because of this predisposition. The comments section blew up with people who were offended by what a bad writer I am, because I hadn’t been doing this for years or anything. Someone even tried hacking into my Xbox LIVE Account that evening.

And why, exactly? Because of a perceived notion of offence? Taken, mind you, not given. Because I meant no offence in my article. It is only what people chose to see.

Meanwhile, I got in contact with Team F34R online and conveyed my sincere apologies for upsetting their players. And I meant that. And I didn’t make a spectacle about it (until now, I guess?) or make a fight online with those sharing my article in these negative ways; I simply apologised to the relevant parties and moved on. Because that’s what you do when an article that is intended well, gets misconstrued. You don’t immediately write off an entire website, call for the article’s deletion and then claim to boycott a particular writer’s articles. All of you who said that and are now reading this, welcome back.

Then I realised what it was, and what the difference was between all those who were taking offence and all those who weren’t: Their level of interest in eSports. Well, that and their loyalty to MWEB; I’m still trying to figure out why those readers took offence. See, a lot of people who read the article and either watch eSports, play Call of Duty or just enjoy local tournaments, actually came out in support of me. A fair few sent me private messages via email, Twitter and Steam, to say that they saw my side and were okay with my article. Some even admitted to enjoying the read. And after all, it was just a quick article on the results of a tournament, not some lengthy discourse on everything wrong with eSports.

But the people who took genuine offence — besides F34R, who obviously had every right to since I made jokes at their players’ expense, something I have profusely apologised for now, as previously mentioned — seemed to be those folks who had a passionate and vested interest in eSports. The ones who ate, slept and breathed eSports. And while there was a part of me, a scorned and retaliatory side that wanted to remind them that there are more important things in the world than videogames, the gamer in me understood where they were coming from; they were certainly not used to my style of writing and they expected reporting along the lines of this:

A massive tournament was hosted this weekend with XYZ game. Congrats to Team ABC for taking the ultimate first prize. Thanks to sponsors ABC123 and XYZ456 for making it all possible. This competition was hosted by MWEB, with kind permission from the MSSA.

And obviously, that’s not my style. I want to tell you guys the news, and I want to promote local eSports, but I want to do it in my way. So I made a joke about the representation of the winning team (mind you, I made those jokes because I felt a personal relation to F34R, having watched their games so much) and about how it’s been years since we reported on a CoD eSports tournament. And I made a joke about 60FPS because Call of Duty is a 60FPS tournament and I still remember how many people said various games that don’t run at 60FPS couldn’t be taken seriously for eSports tournaments. And I even took a shot at the idea of a 3rd/4th playoff, which is something I ranted about — along with new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, mind you — regarding the FIFA World Cup as well — because after all, just how cruel is it to ask players whose hopes of playing in the final were dashed, to now play again and possibly lose again… poor Brazil.

These jokes fell into my style of writing, and our site’s way of talking about games. A lot of the local eSports players who picked up the article — whether led here in the hopes of a fight or not — were far more used to serious-business articles that only reported on the results and ensured to thank anyone and everyone who made it possible, and call it growth. Meanwhile, people like myself who mind you, have been pushing for more local tournaments for a long time now get misconstrued as haters or ‘shitty journalists’ because we had the nerve, the gall, the audacity, to try and be entertaining while providing that coverage.

Case in point, did everybody just miss my other eSports article that week about the MSI Beat IT Dota 2 competition? Or perhaps the infograph on Dota 2′s The International 4 wherein I mentioned a few reasons why that’s great for gaming? Perhaps they weren’t around when I was talking about Dota 2 one day being screened on ESPN? Have I made my point yet?

It’s great that we have such passionate people in the local community. It really is, because it means that we can use that passion to fuel growth. The thing about growth is, and this is also kind of a life lesson, you need to be able to take a joke every now and again. How can eSports purport growth when an admittedly misguided but well-intended article about a tournament is met with such fervent criticism of its content — which once again it must be emphasised, came from someone who has supported local eSports for years. Rather than call for article deletions, writer firings and so on, why not just discuss in the comments why it was offensive, ask for an explanation and move on?

I have to admit, it has made me not want to report on eSports in future. And that’s a big thing for me because, if you ask anyone else on the site, I’m kind of the only person who really pushes the topic these days. But now I can clearly see why the others don’t have any time for it. It’s a minefield. Like religion, almost. You cannot personalise your articles about it because that would purport criticism, and it’s all above criticism because if you criticise, you’re obviously hampering the growth of the community. No, guys. We’re trying to help. We’re providing coverage. We’re talking about it. We’re getting others talking about it (isn’t that what most sponsors typically want to see anyway?) whether or not it’s in a good light. You’re the guys who are attacking us and then making us not want to provide said coverage. You’re the ones hampering the growth.

And that truly saddens me. Once again, I’d like to add in my sincere apologies to F34R for any harm caused by the article. To J4K3Z (who has been around professionally since Call of Duty 4, so basically forever) and FROST (who outright obliterates people double or even triple his age, much to their embarrassment), you guys rock, I meant absolutely no disrespect whatsoever, and I will continue to watch your games with the awe and reverence I’ve always felt. Keep on pushing yourself and performing like the local stars you are. I hope one day to see you guys representing SA internationally. And on that day, I will be both watching and supporting. To the rest of the local eSports community, I say this with love: The internet is not nearly as serious as you think it is.

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eGamer Podcast #90: Everybody Take A Shot http://egmr.net/2014/07/egamer-podcast-90-everybody-take-shot/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/egamer-podcast-90-everybody-take-shot/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:00:11 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=152149 Recorded: 22 July 2014 Welcome to episode ninety of the eGamer Podcast, where we’re hoping to break new ground in the world and just spend the entire thing talking about […]

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Recorded: 22 July 2014

Welcome to episode ninety of the eGamer Podcast, where we’re hoping to break new ground in the world and just spend the entire thing talking about videogames. Ironically, it’s also a week in which we’ve invited along someone who should be familiar to everyone who listens to the podcast. Their existence is still entirely questionable, but we’ll leave you all to decide about it.

Topics discussed this week include Naughty Dog’s indoctrination, life in 1080p and funny things we found on the internet.

Here are the shownotes for this week’s episode:

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F34R Adept Proved As Much In Last Weekend’s Call Of Duty Ghosts Tournament [Updated] http://egmr.net/2014/07/f34r-adept-proved-much-last-weekends-call-duty-ghosts-tournament/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/f34r-adept-proved-much-last-weekends-call-duty-ghosts-tournament/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:15:16 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=152107 An eSports article about Call of Duty? What is this, 2011?! This past weekend saw another big Call of Duty tournament, this time to the tune of Ghosts, as MWEB […]

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An eSports article about Call of Duty? What is this, 2011?!

This past weekend saw another big Call of Duty tournament, this time to the tune of Ghosts, as MWEB GameZone hosted the Master Series Ghosts LAN in Joburg. A total of fifteen teams partook in the proceedings and the ultimate winners were Xbox Call of Duty team F34R ADEPT — pictured above, complete with token brown guy and stereotype-filling kid.

Because 60FPS.

The tournament played out over the entire weekend, with Saturday hosting the pool stages and Sunday hosting semi-finals, 3rd/4th playoffs because fuck logic and the eventual final, entirely console-based. Who even uses PCs anymore, right?

The final itself was played between F34R ADEPT and Insane Gaming, with the latter fighting their way from 1-4 down all the way to 4-5, but then losing another round and ending up 4-6.

Here is a list of winning teams and their members, for those who feel compelled to read about such things:

The winning team members – Ismail Jacobs (F34R J4K3Z), Andrew Harris (F34R DREW), Rory Burmiester (F34R HAZARDS) and Kyle Nortje (F34R FROST) won a combined R5 000 in kalahari.com vouchers and Red Bulletin SIGG Flasks.

Team Insane Gaming – Kaelin Govender (Insane Tankerr), Dylan Evans (Insane QualaTee), Jason Louw and (Insane Beyond) and Callum Lumley (Insane Blizzard), walked away with a combined R3 000 in kalahari.com vouchers and Red Bull Racing Caps.

Third place went to Team Origin, who won R2 000 in kalahari.com vouchers and Red Bull Racing Caps. Team Origin is made up of Warwick Long (Origin Aeroh), Jaco Moolman (Origin Deqa), Ryan Williams (Origin Astryan) and Donovan Barrett (Origin Flamez).

Fourth place was claimed by Team Paragon Elite – Connor Nicolson (Savage TPE), Cameron Sheasby (ApeXGoD TPE), Zandre van der Berg (TBGBrutal TPE) and Keaton Smith (Cerberus TPE) – who won racing caps.

“We have a great, competitive console community in South Africa and we love rewarding their passion by investing in tournaments like these to boost the growth of professional gaming in South Africa,” says head of Digital and Gaming at MWEB, Des Kurz. “We’re really proud of all our top Call of Duty teams who took part in this tournament. Our next major gaming event in September will also focus on Xbox (but not on Call of Duty) and it’s going to be spectacular so watch this space!”

Here’s me hoping for a Gears of War 3 tournament.

UPDATE: Okay, it’s clear that this article has caused something of a shitstorm, so I am going to try and clear up a few points and hopefully we can all stop being so damn sensitive about this.

  1. The first line of this article is not a shot at Call of Duty, but rather a referential joke pointed at the site — that’s right, I took a shot at eGamer for basically not having done any CoD eSports articles since 2011. We actually stopped doing eSports for a while, and I thought it would be funny to point out that it’s been so long. I don’t know why people thought it was a shot at CoD.
  2. This article was the result of a press statement with the results of a LAN Tournament. We typically don’t do this sort of thing (wonder why?) but I said fuck it, I’ll go ahead and write about it and add some humour to make it a little more interesting. Its only purpose is to report on the winners and other finalists in the tournament. That’s it. This is not some opinion column, so again, I don’t see why people are taking it as a shot at CoD.
  3. I have a lot of respect for both eSports players and the community in general; I don’t know J4K3Z and FROST personally, but I do know of them (having watched streams before) and I did not think I was being inappropriate with my humour there — after all, I was once a ‘stereotype-filling kid’ who played Call of Duty and I am, of course, a ‘token brown guy’ in my own right. I saw these little quips as funny, not offensive. At least that’s how I meant them. My sincerest apologies to Team F3AR ADEPT for any offence here; you guys rock and I’m sorry if my quips were a bit over the top.
  4. My views on the 3rd/4th playoff are the same for any tournament. I tweeted about the FIFA World Cup not needing one. I think that it’s silly to ask two teams who just lost their chance to be in the final, to then play more games and have to deal with possibly losing again. It’s actually cruel if you think about it. This was not a shot at the CoD tournament or its organisers, but rather a shot at tournament structures in general.
  5. The schedule of games, itself, was taken straight from the press release; if it is incorrect then you should definitely email Atmosphere Communications about it.
  6. It’s important to remember that eGamer does not exist to promote good PR; we are a site that exists to talk about games. Therefore we cater to gamers, not press or the industry itself. Were games talked about in this article?

I am sorry to those people who took genuine offence to what was written here; it was not my intention to offend or upset anyone with this, I only just wanted to spice up an otherwise robotic ‘report’ and I thought we were sorely lacking for eSports coverage, so I ran with it. A lot of you obviously don’t visit here often, judging from the comments below, so you don’t know that I actually adore the Call of Duty series and I’m always defending it as a good series with a lot of merit. Further, I do try to cover local events whenever possible and besides my complete lack of faith in the MSSA, I think that local eSports is growing and doing really well. To think any different of me would be to not know me as a writer, meaning taking this one article entirely on its own, and therefore out of context, and choosing to react a certain way. If gaming has grown as everyone says it has, surely we can be better than reacting in such a way to an article that was well-intended and just seemed to not get the humour across quite right? Am I asking too much?

Again, I’m sorry that so much offence was taken by this article; it was not intended.

Now let’s move on, shall we?

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What Would Dark Souls II Be Like As An eSport? http://egmr.net/2014/07/dark-souls-ii-like-esport/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/dark-souls-ii-like-esport/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:15:27 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=151950 Over the past few months since the release of Dark Souls II, it has become increasingly more abundantly clear that the people who love Dark Souls, much like the people […]

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Over the past few months since the release of Dark Souls II, it has become increasingly more abundantly clear that the people who love Dark Souls, much like the people who love Halo or the people who love DotA, are an insufferable bunch of fanboys interspersed with the odd genuinely nice person who’s just trying to enjoy their favourite game and is willing to provide a few tips so that you too can join in their fun and enjoyment; ultimately, overshadowed by the overwhelmingly large — and hostile — fanboy count (shots fired?).

Naturally then, it makes sense to wonder just what Dark Souls II would be like if it too were an eSport, in the same way that Halo, DotA and of course Call of Duty (a franchise also notorious for its fervent fanbase) are eSports; games that are played competitively for sport while commentators narrate the action, kinda. (I mean let’s be honest, anyone who actually plays the game knows that commentators rarely ever know what they’re saying.)

In all honesty though, this video is just a really fun — and honestly, quite entertaining — short look at how it would probably look if someone decided to take Dark Souls II PvP and put it into an eSports format. Have a watch, have a chuckle, comment below to tell us what you think of it. Or me. But preferably it. Who knows? Maybe one day it happens. And then everyone can praise the sun or something.

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Fancy Yourself Worthy Of #TI4? Prove Your Dota 2 Skills At Beat IT http://egmr.net/2014/07/fancy-worthy-ti4-prove-dota-2-skills-beat/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/fancy-worthy-ti4-prove-dota-2-skills-beat/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:30:58 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=152103 The International 4 has just ended and the Dota 2 hype is at sky-high levels right now; people who have outright claimed to hate the game tuned in to watch […]

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The International 4 has just ended and the Dota 2 hype is at sky-high levels right now; people who have outright claimed to hate the game tuned in to watch it played competitively this past weekend.

And now for those of you (like me) who legitimately believe you could have competed and held your own at #TI4, an opportunity has arisen to put your money where your proverbial mouth is, with the MSI Beat IT Dota 2 African Qualifier.

If you have what it takes to be a Dota 2 world champion, now is your chance to take part in the first ever qualifier on home soil for the international eSports tournament of the year, the MSI Beat IT 2014 tournament in Taipei, Taiwan.

Slightly conceited to go around calling it the “international eSports tournament of the year” but hey, we won’t judge. Registrations for the Sub-Saharan Qualifiers, which will be hosted by MWEB’s GameZone — because, uncapped users, that’s where all your precious bandwidth is actually going — have opened this week.

“The Beat IT competition started in 2010, but this is the first time that Africa has its own qualifier,” says head of Digital and Gaming at MWEB, Des Kurz. “MWEB is very proud to be associated and to bring our talented gamers such an incredible opportunity for international success. As the largest host of gaming infrastructure in SA, we give priority to gamers on our network, but beyond that, we are passionate about gaming and about creating amazing opportunities for our gamers.”

Okay, that’s enough self-fellatio for one quote.

“We have invited eight of the top Dota 2 teams in South Africa and Namibia, the two countries that have Dota 2 formalised leagues that we know of, to take part. However, our Sub-Saharan qualifiers also make provision for a 32 team stage, which means the top eight teams from that group stage will go head-to-head with the eight invited teams to determine the top four teams that will be taking part in the Africa final.”

From there, a single African team will qualify to represent the continent at the finals in Taipei, Taiwan. Accommodation, travel and laptops for practicing will be provided by MSI. Pretty sweet, right?

So what are you waiting for? Go and form your five-man team and register.

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Our 90th Podcast Records Tonight — Ask Us Things http://egmr.net/2014/07/90th-podcast-records-tonight-ask-us-things/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/90th-podcast-records-tonight-ask-us-things/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:00:34 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=151944 The nineties were a great time to be alive; mostly because the nineties were a time when I was finally alive. See, I was born in 1990. Other important, noteworthy […]

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The nineties were a great time to be alive; mostly because the nineties were a time when I was finally alive. See, I was born in 1990. Other important, noteworthy events of that year included the reunification of Germany after many long years of being cut down the centre, ladies you know what I’m talking about. (Because I don’t.) In any case, tonight we’ll be recording episode ninety of the eGamer Podcast with just as much German humour as always.

Equally as always, we want to involve as many people as possible in the creation of these something-specials that we put out each week; mostly because we’re ridiculously lazy and unoriginal, just like [insert the name of your most hated developer here]. Here’s how you can help us out: Think up some really cool questions, whether they are related to gaming or comics or movies or music or series or anything really. Then scroll down to the comments section and post them there for us to answer while we’re recording.

Then be sure to check out either the site, our Libsyn page, iTunes or our RSS feed later in the week for the podcast, which will have all the answers and more. Tell your friends!

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Check Out How Dota 2′s #TI4 Prize Pool Stacks Against Other Sporting Events http://egmr.net/2014/07/check-dota-2s-ti4-prize-pool-stacks-sporting-events/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/check-dota-2s-ti4-prize-pool-stacks-sporting-events/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:15:30 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=151934 Take a moment to look at that image. Really look at it. Let’s put this into perspective: The viewership of the FIFA World Cup 2014 is staggeringly huge. Just doing […]

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Take a moment to look at that image.

Really look at it.

Let’s put this into perspective: The viewership of the FIFA World Cup 2014 is staggeringly huge. Just doing a quick read-through of total viewer counts on three American television networks took me up to over 50 million, and that’s not even the part of the world that even cares about football. The FIFA World Cup is easily the world’s largest sporting event, followed perhaps by Wimbledon and maybe celebrity sex tapes.

Dota 2 by comparison is a game that only officially released a few years ago, although the DotA custom map for Warcraft III has existed for around ten years now. In the time Dota 2 has been around, there have been three prior ‘The International’ tournaments, which saw popular DotA clans taking on each other, and began at Gamescom a few years ago to immediately massive viewership counts since at that point Dota 2 was still a work-in-progress and not available to the public just yet.

Fast forward a few years and we have The International 4, still a tournament in its infancy, with a prize pool of a third of that of the world’s biggest sporting tournament. And would you believe that a few years ago, so-called gaming journalists were claiming that eSports was dead. Pfft.

What’s even cooler is that most of the money raised for The International 4 was by players of Dota 2, meaning the community. We did that. Or, those of us who spend money on Dota 2 anyway (not me). Through Valve’s ‘Compendium’ which is basically a bundle-offering collectible for Dota 2, we managed to raise over $10 million dollars. Consider if you will that $2.50 out of every Compendium purchase actually went towards this prize pool. Ridiculous, right?

The Compendium includes a bunch of character clothing sets, custom animations, custom hero and other unit designs, custom loading screens, new weather effects, emoticons for chat, announcer voices and the ability to take on daily challenges. The Compendium can then be levelled up either through real-money purchases or using Compendium Points which are unlocked by playing. Either way, levelling up the Compendium earns more cool things. This rewards program has singlehandedly funded one of the most extravagant tournaments in the history of all kinds of sporting, let alone mindsports.

It’s a good thing Valve isn’t the MSSA, amirite?

Thanks creepyLANguy for sharing the infograph above.

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Life, The Universe And Gaming: The MOBA Fad Is The WoW Fad All Over Again http://egmr.net/2014/07/life-universe-gaming-moba-fad-wow-fad/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/life-universe-gaming-moba-fad-wow-fad/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:00:27 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=151519 And I’m getting a little sick of it now. When will developers and publishers learn that copying something is not going to immediately make you as successful as that thing […]

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And I’m getting a little sick of it now.

When will developers and publishers learn that copying something is not going to immediately make you as successful as that thing (unless the point is not to be successful but to simply chip away some fans?) and there is really no point because like with World of Warcraft, you will put out some great new product that will have all the makings of a game-changer — no pun intended — and then after a few weeks the novelty wears off and people just go back to raiding with their friends in World of Warcraft.

Likewise for MOBAs, the League of Legends addicts will play League of Legends and the Dota 2 addicts will play Dota 2 — with some crossplay by League of Legends addicts who inevitably concede that Dota 2 is the better and more fun offering — but other MOBA games the likes of Demigod, Heroes of Newerth and more have come and gone, and will continue to come and go without making much effort at all, whatsoever. And nobody, not EA nor Activision nor Ubisoft, will be able to change that. So they should all just quit while they’re ahead and try to craft a different game instead of trying to make more games “like” Call of Duty, or World of Warcraft, or indeed Dota 2.

It just won’t work.

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If only it were that simple — let’s take a closer look at things, for the pure purpose of further fleshing out a point that has already been made.

See as much as we frown upon developers who create effectively copy-pasta by taking all of Call of Duty’s features and putting it into their own games, there is a sizeable market of gamers who actually buy in to this kind of thing. Sure, it didn’t work with Medal of Honor but EA were disinclined to care given how well their Battlefield series was doing, or I assure you they would not have put a halt on new Medal of Honor games. Likewise, various other games have sold adequately well by simply copying the things that the Call of Duty games did. It didn’t require as much effort, it didn’t require a whole lot of innovation, and it still ended up in some form of sales even if the games themselves did not actually win critics over, nor last long in the eyes of gamers. Homefront.

On the other side, games that try to copy World of Warcraft effectively waste their time because players will decide to try it out, and once the novelty wears off, go away. We’ve seen this happen with so, so many MMOs over the years. Who even still remembers Tabula Rasa, or hell, Star Wars: The Old Republic? Now the recently released The Elder Scrolls: Online is rumoured to be headed to free-to-play soon. Only Guild Wars has survived, staggeringly. And the thing is, hosting charges for servers do exist so games that cater to multiplayer audiences need to have some form of income.

This is where games such as League of Legends and Dota 2 have done it ingeniously. Mind you, the advent of the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena is something that a lot of actual DotA players have seen coming for years, in quite the same way that comic book readers are now turning up all over the place going, “See, you guys? I told you this shit was cool!” Not that anybody actually cares who was there first, even though they totally should.

League of Legends and Dota 2 manage to be almost entirely free to play, with their own spins on generating revenue. LoL offers players a roster of champions to choose from per day, while allowing them to either unlock through playing or simply buy out the ability to play a particular favoured hero. Dota meanwhile offers players a whole range of accessories for heroes as well as announcer packs, loading screens, user interfaces and even weather effects. Using The Compendium — basically a collector’s item in-game that unlocks a bunch of stuff upon purchase and then unlocks further stuff the more you invest either money or play-to-unlock compendium points — Valve managed to raise well over $10 million for The International 4, which is taking place right now.

To put that into perspective, the total prize pool for the FIFA fucking Football World Cup that recently ended, was $34 million. That’s right, a game that has effectively been around for around ten years now but only recently hit the international eSports spotlight making it something of a new entry in the eyes of the world, has managed to raise a third of the prize money that was available for the world’s biggest sporting tournament; and our one doesn’t just happen once every four years.

I recently read an article on a local site about why the #TI4 prize pool could be bad for eSports and while every single one of the points raised were outright ridiculous, with very little in the way of proper research or substantiation, there actually was a point that went entirely missed: Other developers will want to get in on that money and the result is an oversaturation of the MOBA market.

It makes sense given how Call of Duty clones exist and are somewhat successful, to copy the MOBA formula and hope to chip away some fans… it just makes a lot less sense when you think of exactly how a developer can hope to do that when everybody is already playing either LoL or Dota. Even Heroes of Newerth couldn’t survive; it only ever became popular in the first place because there wasn’t already a Dota 2 around back then, and not everyone wanted to play a years-old game in Warcraft III anymore. But then we must also consider that there are server charges because a MOBA is an online experience; now it makes even less sense because you’re putting out something to compete with a game that everyone can already play, and for free, and you’re telling them to try out your product instead. But you can’t really charge for it, and you need to have players before you can pander to them, so how exactly is any profit made at all?

Unless a new MOBA goes the route of LoL and Dota 2 in making a sport out of the game itself; LoL has ‘seasons’ while Dota 2 has The International, there’s just no way I can see a profit being made here.

To their credit, at least some MOBA offerings have unique spins and are confident in doing their own thing; consider the ultimately lacklustre but still admirable Awesomenauts, or indeed the DC Comics inspired Infinite Crisis, which is literally a MOBA featuring DC Comics characters including a vampiric Batman. Other games? Not nearly as captivating or original. So how can they exist?

As far as creating something out of nothing, it seems that Blizzard and Valve are the joint rulers of the niche world. They gave us Hearthstone and made us love card games again; Left 4 Dead and made co-op zombie-killing with friends cool; Portal and made puzzle games fun again; even created genuinely exciting RTS games with the recent StarCraft additions. Hell, no pun intended, Blizzard even saved face with the recently released Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. But they’re the only two developers I can think of who are capable of such feats, and even Blizzard’s upcoming MOBA is looking questionable at best.

The rest? I mean, why are they even bothering when everybody and their unborn babies already know that their MOBA offerings will fail? Who is the deluded decision maker at all these development houses convincing the team that they can get a piece of the Dota/LoL pie? Better yet, do you, beloved reader, think they stand anything even remotely resembling a chance? I’d sincerely like to speak to someone who feels that more MOBAs would be a good thing, apart from the fact that there would be more ‘free’ games around, although just how free they are remains to be seen. Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Why You Should Care About The Guardians Of The Galaxy Movie http://egmr.net/2014/07/care-guardians-galaxy-movie/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/care-guardians-galaxy-movie/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:00:37 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=151813 When The Dark Knight released to the world and blew everyone away, eyes shot open and people stood up and took comic book characters a lot more seriously than they […]

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When The Dark Knight released to the world and blew everyone away, eyes shot open and people stood up and took comic book characters a lot more seriously than they had in the past. With the exception of dark-but-ultimately-comedic Spider-Man and the ever-depressing X-Men, previous comic book movies the likes of the older Batman movies, the Fantastic Four movies and even Hulk erred on the side of comedic relief while trying to present a serious story, and none of them quite pulled it off. Suddenly, dark and gritty was the way to go and the likes of Batman and Iron Man presented a harder, more mature version of the comic book characters; ultimately more appealing to the wider viewing audience without being panned by critics.

Perhaps it was also quite a nice thing that studios were willing to take some risks and create a long-term plan rather than simply shoehorning a license for the purposes of cashing in on a character’s popularity — after all, who really cared about Iron Man before 2008?

It was a great day for comic book characters on the big screen, and it practically opened the doors to more in future. The culmination of this was perhaps mid-2012 where we saw The Avengers, amongst other massive comic-book titles of that year, including a Spider-Man reboot. Now, a few years later, we’ve seen the likes of Kick-Ass and The Dark Knight Rises, and the various Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, and they’ve all had their fair share of mature content with some dark themes and edgy content. But we’ve yet to see something break from that mould. This is actually why I quite enjoyed the Thor movies; they at least endeavoured to introduce some fantasy to the mix.

Not until Guardians of the Galaxy, however, do we finally have something truly insane. Finally, we get to see that more balls-to-the-wall side of the comic book fiction. Finally, we get to witness wacky antics instead of serious, hardcore characters trying to be serious and hardcore. As much as there are brutally dark and gritty comics the likes of The Walking Dead and Kick-Ass, there are also more comedy-oriented comics that set logic aside in favour of fun. And with Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel has finally decided to have some fun.

I suppose if someone told you in 2007 that seven years later, Marvel would be releasing a Guardians of the Galaxy movie, you would have laughed at them and told them to go back to their caves and eat their mom’s lasagne while masturbating to porn and feeling lonely. But in just a few short weeks now, that Guardians of the Galaxy movie is going to be a reality. And I have to say, it absolutely delights me!

For those of you who don’t read a lot of comics, allow me to explain what the Guardians of the Galaxy are, by first explaining how Marvel’s comics work: There are various kinds of comics made by Marvel, likewise DC. On the one side you get the mutants, whose powers come quite literally from evolution. On the other side, the superheroes who gain their powers through some form or the other; think Daredevil, Spider-Man or even the vigilante Punisher. Then there’s the cosmic storylines, which (I stand corrected on this, but) were what Jack Kirby contributed to Marvel Comics, much in the same way he contributed Darkseid to DC — this is probably why Thanos and the aforementioned look so familiar, even though they’re from different franchises. Cosmic powers take things onto a whole other scale of power. Here we speak of galactic proportions and creators, destroyers and guardians. Heralds of all-powerful beings that are like gods in the Marvel universe. Think of the Silver Surfer, Galactus, Thanos (who will feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe soon), The Dark Phoenix, The Fantastic Four as well as various alien species the likes of the Kree, Skrull and Shi’ar. Cosmic-powered characters are more or less on their own tier of power in the Marvel universe. Above almost all else.

In the galaxy there is a sort-of police force much the same as DC’s Green Lanterns. These folks are called the Nova Corps and it’s effectively the same principle, only instead of rings they have helmets, and they gain cosmic powers through those. The first human Nova Corps was Richard Rider. Like the Green Lanterns, the Nova Corps exist as peacekeepers and galactic police. But like real police, they can only be so preventative without causing diplomatic conflicts; in other words, if something is going down but hasn’t gone down yet, and they have no proof it will go down, they cannot do much. Right? Cue the Guardians of the Galaxy.

The Guardians of the Galaxy, meanwhile, are kind of like a renegade Nova Corps team. They’re comprised of a bunch of bad-attitude characters, each with their own reason for being around, and they’re probably some of the most interesting characters in the Marvel universe. For example, although he isn’t included, Adam Warlock can kill with a thought. And Groot, that massive tree from the trailers voiced by Vin Diesel, is actually from a race of beings that are considered the smartest in the galaxy; their language is so profoundly advanced that all other characters ever hear is, “I am Groot,” when he speaks. Dope, right? I was never the biggest fan of the Guardians of the Galaxy, but like Deadpool, I could not be more excited to see their appearance on the big screen because it’s a sign that comic book movies can take themselves just as seriously (or not) as the comic books upon which they are based.

And that absolutely delights me.

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This is the official Guardians of the Galaxy poster.

This is what Dorkly thought of that poster.

Enough said?

The Guardians of the Galaxy is out in two weeks. Watch it. You can thank me later.

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Competition Prize #4 Reminder: Cooler Master CM Storm Sirus-C Headset Of Destiny http://egmr.net/2014/07/competition-prize-4-reminder-cooler-master-cm-storm-sirus-c-headset-destiny/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/competition-prize-4-reminder-cooler-master-cm-storm-sirus-c-headset-destiny/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:15:22 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=151800 Hi everyone! Cavie here, filling in for Tech Marco because he was inexplicably drawn away from his duties today; something about family commitments or something. Who even knows with these […]

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Hi everyone! Cavie here, filling in for Tech Marco because he was inexplicably drawn away from his duties today; something about family commitments or something. Who even knows with these kids today…

In his place, I thought I’d take over and finish off the last competition prize reminder article for the week. Since we’ve already done the previous three, it wouldn’t make sense to just skip the fourth, now would it? And no, I don’t say that because I am from a family of four or anything like that. The show must go on, right?

Unfortunately, I have nowhere near the technical prowess and mechanical capability of Tech Marco, with his godlike PC powers and impressively soft beard; what I do have are words and links and pictures, so I will do my best to put those together in some form of cohesive article for you all — look out for my actual review of a headset soon. I’m not even kidding.

So, the final prize is a headset. Not just any headset, but the Cooler Master CM Storm Sirus-C headset, which we reviewed for you a short while ago and you can actually check out in the mini-review-slash-unboxing above. For those of you who don’t know what a headset is, a headset is a thing that goes around the top of your head and sits more or less above or on your ears, and then sounds come out of it. Actually the sounds will come out of it regardless of where you place it, but only if it’s connected. We’ll come back to that. My favourite part of a headset is the part where I can listen to things without other people listening to things; not because I’m selfish and only want to listen to the things myself, but rather because I feel bad when I’m making a ruddy noise and others are around trying to enjoy some peace and quiet.

To that extent, a headset can also be a great way to provide peace and quiet as it muffles out external ambience. Ambience is a word from the dictionary, I checked to be sure. The best way to wear a headset is at an angle where it sits on the absolute middle of your upper head, although some like to wear their headsets diagonally or along the backs of their heads; these people are called idiots. Others try to keep their headsets on their necks when they’re not using them, because they saw that in a rap video that one time.

Headsets have cables. Some don’t, but the good ones do. Some headsets contain different types of cables that plug into different “ports” on the chosen place of connection, be it a PC, console or even television. The Cooler Master CM Storm Sirus-C is great because it has a lot of different port connectors. Port connectors are also called jacks. This particular headset has a USB connector, as well as regular audio connectors which allow for extended connections to other things. It is best explained with this picture:

Glowed out things on a black background!

The thing I really like about this Cooler Master CM Storm Sirus-C headset is its name, because it reminds me of two things: One of them is Batman, because of The Joker saying “why so serious” in The Dark Knight. The other thing it reminds me of is Sirius Black from the Harry Potter franchise. So I guess what this headset actually reminds me of is Gary Oldman. Also, vitamin C, because I love oranges and vitamin C is really good for you; but don’t overdo it or you’ll get explosive diarrhoea. I spelled that correctly without needing spellcheck, I am literally the shit. Not literally.

Finally, and perhaps the greatest part about the Cooler Master CM Storm Sirus-C headset, is that it is currently the fourth and final prize in our month-long competition which has nearly reached its end, and you can enter to win it by clicking here and then following the instructions contained within. Comments in this article will count for this headset because this article was released this week, and comments for this week are what count for this headset. But first you need to have entered in the competition article. So go and do that first. And then keep on commenting. Because really, we all love comments. Secretly, it’s what we desire in the darkest recesses of our minds; more than food or sleep or even sex. So why deny the urge? Just comment.

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Marvel Unveils New Thor, Internet Erupts Because Female http://egmr.net/2014/07/marvel-unveils-new-thor-internet-erupts-female/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/marvel-unveils-new-thor-internet-erupts-female/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:00:44 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=151804 Thor has existed as a Marvel Comics character for a very, very long time. And while Marvel Comics has never really respected old Viking mythology, the spin thrown on Thor’s […]

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Thor has existed as a Marvel Comics character for a very, very long time. And while Marvel Comics has never really respected old Viking mythology, the spin thrown on Thor’s comics has always been quite unique and interesting. The rainbow bridges and merry blond men holding hands and marching blissfully around a golden city in the sky.

Now after all these years, after introducing the likes of Beta Ray Thor and the unforgettable Frog of Thunder, Marvel are making a drastic change to the Thor meta as we know it; only, it’s really not that drastic at all. See, Marvel have just announced that there’s going to be a brand new Thor series written by Jason Aaron with art from Russell Dauterman. What’s the drastic change? Well it’s in the title, but anyway: Thor is female now.

Well, okay that’s not entirely true. Thor Odinson aka Donald Blake, still exists within the canon. However after fucking up yet again — seriously, this guy nearly wiped out all of existence one time and could only bring it all back by rewinding time thousands of years — he has been disempowered in a delightfully ironic twist, and his powers given to another. A woman, this time.

“The inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it’s time to update that inscription,” explains Marvel editor Wil Moss. “The new Thor continues Marvel’s proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute – she’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!”

Series writer Jason Aaron adds, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”

Inb4 everyone makes jokes about the ‘wrath’ of a thunder god now.

I have to admit, since Thor was always my favourite Avenger it was quite a surprising thing to read on the internet this past week because it meant having to adjust my brain to an entirely different character. However, I’m quite for this change; in fact, I very much welcome it. A lot of the internet has welcomed it, but others have obviously not. In many ways, it’s just the latest in what has become the hottest of hot topics of late, and that’s fair representation of different genders, races and so on.

Good on Marvel for pushing the boundaries and effectively rewriting one of their largest franchise characters, albeit not one of their more popular ones compared to say, Wolverine, Spider-Man or Deadpool. That said, they did also have a black Spider-Man in the mix. So they’re definitely doing good things. Plus they actually legitimately killed off Wolverine this year, so how can you not love them for what they’re doing right now?

The Avengers have always been something of a jock squad for me, I said as much in an article before. So it’s great to see someone besides Carol Danvers getting into the mix now. And yes I know Black Widow exists but I will maintain that she is there mostly to be a sexy badass female character while Wasp is just there to be beaten up, amirite Hank? It’s great to see another female addition to The Avengers and I’m really looking forward to watching the interplay, if that happens in future. And I really hope it does.

In the meantime it will be interesting to discover this new Thor’s origins, what made her worthy, and what became of the now-unworthy Thor of old. What do you think about the new Thor? Let us know in the comments.

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eGamer Podcast #89: The Newbie Louwdown http://egmr.net/2014/07/egamer-podcast-89-newbie-louwdown/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/egamer-podcast-89-newbie-louwdown/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:00:05 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=151626 Recorded: 16 July 2014 Welcome to episode eighty-nine of the eGamer Podcast, because eights and nines are awesome and that’s all you really need to know. Also, tomatoes are fruit. […]

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Recorded: 16 July 2014

Welcome to episode eighty-nine of the eGamer Podcast, because eights and nines are awesome and that’s all you really need to know. Also, tomatoes are fruit. We’ve got a massive cast on this week as our various newbies join the show for one week only.

Topics discussed this week include Alien: Isolation’s content, The Last of Us on PS4 and Assassin’s Creed (duh).

Here are the shownotes for this week’s episode:

  • Meet the newbies.
  • Why are there so many voices, what is all that noise?
  • Obligatory #Thabolicious mention.
  • How will Alien: Isolation manage fifteen hours worth of gameplay?
  • Which games really scared our pants off?
  • We put the Peloma scandal to rest.
  • What on Earth is N4G’s obsession with The Last of Us on PS4?
  • “The BioShock 1″.
  • Our newbies share their favourite games.
  • We share our most tragic gaming opinions of the past.
  • It’s basically an initiation to talk about Assassin’s Creed on the podcast.
  • Why does the world hate Sub Zero?
  • Our newbies tell us which games they’re looking forward to, in October.
  • We answer your questions.

Don’t forget that you can subscribe to the RSS feed so you never miss an episode. Enjoy.

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Breaking: Newbies Invade EGMR, Steal Hamsters, Replace With Selfies http://egmr.net/2014/07/breaking-newbies-invade-egmr-steal-hamsters-replace-selves/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/breaking-newbies-invade-egmr-steal-hamsters-replace-selves/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:15:04 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=151499 Last night the eGamer team suffered a break-in at EGMR HQ (Location: Classified). Three unknown assailants found their way inside and stole all of the hamsters (gerbils?) running on the […]

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Last night the eGamer team suffered a break-in at EGMR HQ (Location: Classified). Three unknown assailants found their way inside and stole all of the hamsters (gerbils?) running on the wheels that kept our beloved site going. Thankfully the site did not suffer lasting damage owing to the fact that nobody actually knows if anything is even in working condition in the first place. Meanwhile, caught in the act because someone left the lights on, the three stooges musketeers humans decided that rather than pay the ultimate price for their treachery (being forced to play Ride to Hell: Retribution), they would instead offer up their services and pledge their allegiance to the almighty e-crosshair.

And so we have three new writers on the site.

An alternative introduction, about introductions: The best stories are the ones with characters who come and go throughout the overall storyline. They’re called arcs, and here at eGamer, we are about to enter a new arc in our long-running story; not quite The Walking Dead, but still with more substance than anything New52 ever spat out. Over the past few weeks we have had various applicants for writing positions; a curiously well-timed and entirely unplanned situation, all things considered. Some did not survive the rigorous trials we put them through, however some excelled and today we are happy as can possibly be to announce in this very article, the three fully vetted and duly qualified game lovers (because sports) who will be joining Team EGMR as fully fledged writers.

Welcome Bianca, Dom and Bracken (in alphabetical order) who will be providing us with many great articles and lols, and maybe a controversy or two (it’s just how we roll, man). Don’t worry, this time we’ve made two-hundred-percent sure they are real and we’ve even gone through the trouble of verifying their existences with pictures. Because life lessons, or some such. So without further ado, it is our great pleasure to introduce to you, the newest members of our team:

 

Bianca Louw

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Hello, I am Bianca.

Seeing as I am a female, I’m unquestionably a fake geek gamer girl. I have no idea what I’m doing here, apparently I can write good. However, you can be the judge of that. I’ll be doing opinion pieces, mostly, because I’m also studying analytical chemistry, and that shit’s hard.

I wholeheartedly believe that Spyro and The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion are some of the greatest games ever created. Don’t even try to change my mind on this, I will find you and I will crotch stomp you.

Oh, and I comply to both rule 31 and 32 of the internet, that’s probably why I was hired.

 

Dom van Blerk

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Hi. I’m Dom. You may know me as @Domzor on Twitter. Or CyniKill elsewhere. Or not at all, because I’m not exactly famous or anything. I play videogames sometimes and have an afro all of the time. To be honest, I’m mostly here to even out the Sony to Microsoft fanboi ratio on this site because I own a 360 and I’m not afraid to use it. That was a joke. I’m joking. No fanboys here. Right, guys?

Practically every other writer here has called me a hipster at some point because of my proclivity for indie games (and music). But can you blame me, considering the wealth of great indie games released over the last few years? That came out a bit more hipster than I intended. Oops. Seriously though, indie games FTW.

I’ve been informed I need to make the internet hate me at least once a week so here’s some things that’ll probably get that out of the way in my first week writing here:

• I prefer LoL to Dota, even though I play Dota with Cavie, Azhar and Marco most evenings.
• CoD > Battlefield, n00bs.
• I’ve started but never finished Half Life 2 and both of its episodes. Sorry, Cavie.

Now that I’ve got the hate train rolling, expect to see mostly news and opinions from me. Actually, my first article for EGMR should be up tomorrow. I’m super excited to be working with such a talented team of writers. That includes the other new guys, of course. See ya in the comments section. :>

 

Bracken Lee-Rudolph

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Hi avid readers! I’m Bracken Lee-Rudolph, one of the new EGMR writers (and the best, jk jk). I’m a journalism student at Rhodes University, with the eventual goal of becoming a qualified gaming or technology journalist. What do you mean, “Get a real job”?

I’ve been writing about games for just over two years, and have been with ITF Gaming up until recently. Now I’m here, and excited to be starting a new chapter with EGMR. Wait! Where are you going?

I play an alarming amount of Call of Duty, FIFA and GTA. However, that isn’t the extent of my gaming repertoire (I’d have very little of substance to write about if it was) – I’m willing to play almost anything, from Ni No Kuni to Borderlands and back.

I have an inclination towards high quality audio and voice acting. I feel it adds a lot to a game’s ability to immerse its player and can be a major benefit to both gameplay and narrative. As such, I also find high-end audio equipment such as gaming headsets and home theatre systems incredibly interesting (No, your car sound does not count).

A lot of my writing may be about political concepts – gender representation, inappropriate or gratuitous content and moral concerns being but a few. Feel free to drop me some comments, I love a good flame war. Seriously though, I enjoy discussion and will try to learn from criticism.

Is anyone still reading this? Have some pervy toast (probably NSFW).

And there you have it. Be sure to direct any form of well-wishes, foreshadowed warnings and the obligatory flirtation because lolgirlgamer, in the comments below. And to our new members, we wish you all the best and hope that you all remain loyally #teamegmr for forever. Hashtag bee-eff-eff-4-lyf.

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You Can Help BioWare Shape The Future Of The Mass Effect Series http://egmr.net/2014/07/can-help-bioware-shape-future-mass-effect-series/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/can-help-bioware-shape-future-mass-effect-series/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:45:52 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=151521 In their efforts to create the perfect Mass Effect game, BioWare has solicited the help of us, the players, in the form of a consumer survey that will help shape […]

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In their efforts to create the perfect Mass Effect game, BioWare has solicited the help of us, the players, in the form of a consumer survey that will help shape the future of the franchise.

News of this quick little survey came in the form of a tweet by series producer Michael Gamble.

Designed to gauge consumer playing habits and expectations, questions asked include which aspects of the new Mass Effect players are most looking forward to, as well as which RPG elements players would favour based on importance.

Not much news of the next Mass Effect has been revealed just yet, although more has been promised, soon. What we do at least know is that the story will not be related to Shepard and his/her trilogy-long story. BioWare has promised new characters, new enemies and new locations.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and fill in the survey and help BioWare make the best possible Mass Effect game that they can. My paragon tattoo simply demands it.

Let us know in the comments what you’re looking forward to in the next game, or where you’d like it to be set if in the same universe.

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PS4 Will Push Remakes And Aim For Wii Families, According To Sony http://egmr.net/2014/07/ps4-will-push-remakes-aim-wii-families/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/ps4-will-push-remakes-aim-wii-families/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:00:26 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=151495 When Nintendo released the Wii in 2005, the world rejoiced for what would become the casual gaming console of choice. It also had some great games but for the most […]

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When Nintendo released the Wii in 2005, the world rejoiced for what would become the casual gaming console of choice. It also had some great games but for the most part, families rushed to stores to purchase a new console for their children and Luddites the world over immediately started referring to what was previously “playing playstation” as “playing wii”. Nintendo’s Wii sold over 100 million units and ended up the most successful console of that generation of gaming.

At some point though, those children would be growing up and wanting better experiences out of life. You know, without going outside. Those children might be persuaded by games they know well, with the Wii U’s upcoming line-up, but some of them might opt for an upgrade in the form of either a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.

Sony is hoping that it will be the PS4. Why? Well, according to Sony Computer Entertainment group chief executive Andrew House, the PS4 offers the best opportunity to welcome gamers, casual and hardcore alike, to the current generation of gaming.

“Whether it’s based on this is a really good all-round entertainment device for a family in addition to having great games, our consumer data suggests some of those people are already coming in now and that’s what’s contributing to the really great sales we’ve had,” said House.

He added: “I hesitate to say this because I know committed gamers may roll their eyes about it, but there’s an opportunity with some of the remastering or re-imagining from PS3 franchises that will potentially find an audience that hasn’t played them in the previous generation because they skipped that generation. We’re starting to see signs of that.”

Please excuse me while I roll my eyes about that.

Seriously, why not just include backwards compatibility then? Or just promise that it would be a thing for future, like the rest of the features Sony boasted about at the PS4 reveal.

House went on to compare Disney as the best example of a company that reintroduces classic content to nostalgic audiences, or audiences that may never have experienced it before. Apparently House has never heard of Nintendo; although he certainly seems to be gunning their audience.

What do you think about the PS4 and all of the remakes headed its way? Would you purchase a PS4 if it meant you could finally play The Last of Us via the Remastered Edition? Let us know in the comments.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity Has Its Own Idea Of What Caused The French Revolution http://egmr.net/2014/07/really-behind-french-revolution-assassins-creed-unity-trailer-idea/ http://egmr.net/2014/07/really-behind-french-revolution-assassins-creed-unity-trailer-idea/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:45:57 +0000 http://egmr.net/?p=151406 Historians might have a thing or two to say about the French Revolution but for anyone who has played a Ubisoft game, we are acutely aware of their penchant for […]

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Historians might have a thing or two to say about the French Revolution but for anyone who has played a Ubisoft game, we are acutely aware of their penchant for stretching the truth of what actually happened; in previous games they have painted the likes of George Washington and Niccolò Machiavelli in what you might consider unpopular frames of reference.

Typically, Ubisoft manages to pull it off quite nicely, and so even though the debate about the protagonist’s gender, race and so on rages on, Ubisoft Montreal want to show us exactly what we can expect from the final product, when Assassin’s Creed Unity releases later this year.

And so we have this story trailer, which can be watched above, for the game that is set during a very critical moment in the French Revolution. Most of it is an animus-style rendering rather than gameplay, so it’s not really meant to show us the game but rather just to set the scene.

“Paris, 1789. Commoners starved in the streets while aristocrats squandered the wealth of the nation,” reads the description. “Desperate and angry, they united and revolted against the power at hand and started the Revolution… But did the people truly lead the fight? Or did obscure forces use this time of chaos to spread their power?”

It’s actually a really cool trailer that will fill in a few blanks for those not too clued up on the French Revolution, albeit just its beginnings, and it certainly has the promise of an amazing story. Intriguing though it might be, I am still going to hold out for reviews and see if the game really is the sexist dude-bro co-op-fest it has been marketed as, or if it’s a quality Assassin’s Creed title that builds on Black Flag’s success.

Either way, I guess we’ll see when Unity releases on October 28th for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Will you be picking it up?

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