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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Jul 19, 2018, 15:52 MisterBenn
 
I've caught about 10 hours of Wreckfest streams, the multiplayer is an huge bundle of straight up fun. The physics and collision engine is superb and probably would have passed as a simulator a few years ago. The single player and destruction derby modes work just fine but aren't really the best of the game.

The MP actually has quite good variety, from tracks that are mostly racing with a bit of barging, from figure 8s and looped tracks that are set up to facilitate as much destruction as possible. Vehicles shatter apart and the destruction is amazing. There are some whacky vehicles to throw in the mix so you can be a lawn mower trying not to get crushed by school busses and combine harvesters if you want. People are starting to kick out workshop mods as well so there should be variety from a while to come. If you fancy an arcade racer smash-em-up it's an instant recommend.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
2. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Jul 1, 2018, 11:41 MisterBenn
 
Bah, Posh was only ever good as a clothes hanger. Sporty was the hottest and the best singer. They had to put a crappy shell suit on her to be fair to the rest of the band!  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse May 30, 2018, 08:30 MisterBenn
 
Yeah this argument is especially unconvincing. Access to streaming is universal and genuinely equal opportunity. There's no decision maker holding down the females and making sure the males get more exposure and money. It's open to everyone, you can put yourself out there and if people like your entertainment enough they donate. Compared to more traditional sources of income there is very little infrastructure or organisation getting in the way, you have extremely undiluted exposure to the market.  
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News Comments > Agony Released
2. Re: Agony Released May 30, 2018, 08:10 MisterBenn
 
I caught some of this being streamed last night, I think this might be a bit of a dud. I saw some mediocre environments, generic possession and stealth gameplay around a maze, some dark and smeary graphics, and some dodgy voice acting on a generic seductive demon woman with a terrible script.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
29. Re: Morning Metaverse May 23, 2018, 15:52 MisterBenn
 
Awesome post scheherazade. I think I basically agree with your perspective on all of that.  
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News Comments > Tencent and Grinding Gear
8. Re: Tencent and Grinding Gears May 21, 2018, 12:23 MisterBenn
 
Oh, and it turns out Tencent are one of the main players developing China's Social Credit System: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Credit_System#Implementation  
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News Comments > Tencent and Grinding Gear
4. Re: Tencent and Grinding Gears May 21, 2018, 11:54 MisterBenn
 
Here's the new share: https://app.companiesoffice.govt.nz/companies/app/ui/pages/companies/1887410/shareholdings

20% shared between 3 GGG guys now. It's been a while since I played this too but I always supported them as a homegrown success and PoE is still the game I played more than any other. A quick scan of the forum and subreddit shows pretty widespread concern (although the PoE community is famously jumpy!)

While I was playing they got repeat purchases out of me primarily based on goodwill and wanting to support the little guy trying to make the most fun game they could. I feel like that was part of the reason the fairly expensive cosmetics weren't seen as offensive by the fan base. It will be interesting to see whether people feel differently about that in the months to come.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
3. Re: Steam Top 10 May 20, 2018, 15:15 MisterBenn
 
Wizard of Legend is the latest indie roguelike on the conveyor belt that seems to have some promise and got a lot of YouTuber coverage this week as the new hotness. The combat's pretty fast and flashy, it may or may not have legs but does seem better than average. Personally I'd rather fire up Isaac if I ever get the itch, the recent booster tidied up the mess of Afterbirth+ quite a bit.  
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News Comments > Age of Wonders: Planetfall Announced
5. Re: Age of Wonders: Planetfall Announced May 19, 2018, 18:50 MisterBenn
 
Mildly disappointed at moving away from the fantasy setting because Age of Wonders 3 was my favourite fantasy 4x and I hoped for more of the same. Quite a lot of AoW3 is shining through in this trailer as well, the strategic and tactical screens are pretty much the same as before.

The regions are divided up with one single named feature each by the looks of it. Slightly reminiscent of Endless Legend, so some kind of gameplay changes are in there by the looks of it. Seems like you explore / clear out / claim resources rather than colonise everything. Hopefully there is some personality, the first glance is a bit generic.

Mostly I hope they keep what was good about Age of Wonders 3 (high accessibility without throwing away the strategy, interesting unit abilities, an AI that does tactical combat pretty well.) Also hoping for improvements where the game was weak (water combat was an afterthought, and no diplomatic systems really existed other than friends and enemies.)
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
1. Re: Gatherings & Competitions May 13, 2018, 14:12 MisterBenn
 
The chance to get painted items is doubled as well on crate openings and tradeups, so if you are sitting on keys, decryptors or surplus items, tonight's the last night to get max value any time soon.  
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News Comments > Rocket League Plans Include Rocket Pass
2. Re: Rocket League Plans Include Rocket Pass May 12, 2018, 12:33 MisterBenn
 
This seems like the first step away from loot boxes, although I don't think they are disappearing as part of this revamp. Seems like a more predictable way to earn free items with game time, and some targeted, time limited things to buy for cash instead of buying keys to gamble or spend on the trade exchange. A compelling alternative to gambling seems like a healthy thing.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 7, 2018, 13:59 MisterBenn
 
Young me wants to give an honourable mention Rage Against the Machine's Bullet in the Head / Know Your Enemy / Wake Up !  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: Evening Tech Bits Apr 7, 2018, 13:36 MisterBenn
 
Hey who was it who recommended Solus OS last week? I owe you some thanks, I'm liking it a lot on my shitty laptop. I had some teething issues getting the onboard wifi to work but I got there thanks to the internet. It's leaner and a bit faster than Mint and I prefer the look as well. Best of all it has a proper driver for my Radeon A5 mobility so Slay the Spire actually plays as though the GPU is correctly driven now. Even though it's turn based it was practically unplayable due to unresponsive controls previously. Cheers!  
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News Comments > April Fool's 2018 Comedy Gold Roundup
3. Re: April Fool's 2018 Comedy Gold Roundup Apr 1, 2018, 12:22 MisterBenn
 
Path of Exile Royale is more than a joke, it's a working Battle Royale mode and the best PvP the game has ever had. Rounds are fast and you have 100 players in a single giant instance with a closing circle in the usual way. There are some mobs to farm up that are actually dangerous, and the push for progress, items and skills is basically the PoE racing experience thrown on top. It's a blast from what I've seen and still running for the rest of the day.  
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News Comments > Grim Dawn: Forgotten Gods Revealed
6. Re: Grim Dawn: Forgotten Gods Revealed Mar 5, 2018, 21:33 MisterBenn
 
Grim Dawn's definitely not perfect (the game engine frequently looks good but often shows its age, graphic and sound effects are really hit and miss, some skill are much less fun and interesting to use than others) but it's by far the most fun non-online "play at your own pace" ARPG to me.

And the expansion is really good. The new acts have excellent level design (although navigating in some of act 6 is a pain), and the game mechanics expanded across the board. New factions, components, augments, monster infrequents, farming spots, super bosses, and an entirely new end game itemisation because of a brand new block of Epic/Legendary/Set items from 85-100. I'm still playing regularly (at 832 hours apparently.)
 
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News Comments > Path of Exile Bestiary League Next Month
9. Re: Path of Exile Bestiary League Next Month Feb 16, 2018, 13:52 MisterBenn
 
It's been a couple of years since I got burned out on PoE, but I'll defend them on this. They don't just cater to the 1% of elite players, they have consistently given things to do for casual and regular players as well as the full timers. Casual players can play through the main content, which is pretty much always achievable self found with a reasonable build. I watched CobaltStreak do this as a fresh player and he had a great time. Regular players (like I was) can pool some resources, and trade into some strong pieces to hit a higher power level and conquer some late game content. Full timers and streamers can get super wealthy, afford the rarest and most expensive items out there, and take on the very hardest bosses. I think the key to enjoying Path of Exile long term is to make peace that that is how it has been built, and fight the natural urge to agonize over the bits you can't have!

I played over 3k hours back then (I never played WoW and Path of Exile was basically my equivalent culture shock at how a persistent economy and community gave games like this a crack-like additional dimension!) Also I had huge free time back then because of illness. These days I am a Grim Dawn fan. Because PoE's progress is so integrated with the trading and it constantly encourages you to farm as fast as possible to keep pace with other players. I did that to death in PoE but these days it suits me more to play at my own pace and still scratch that theory-crafting and looting itch.
 
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News Comments > New Paradox CEO
18. Re: New Paradox CEO Feb 13, 2018, 18:32 MisterBenn
 
It's the only Paradox game I have experience of, but Stellaris hasn't offended me with how it's been sold. The DLC is genuinely optional, and if you didn't know it existed, the base game with its 2 years of support and new features represents a perfectly reasonable proposition. The genre is notorious for being complicated to develop because there are so many interlinked features, and it's harder to reuse content from other titles than making a lot of other games. Distant Worlds had multiple expansions, at least the past 3 Civ games did, and so on.

I don't find their marketing to be deceptive either. For the base game and DLCs they live stream the game being played before it's on sale so you can see the truth of what you're getting. They release it for sale and you can buy in or walk away, I don't consider that underhand. They don't (currently) have gambling systems in their games that I know of, and they haven't stooped to packing nasty surprises in their games that you only discover when you buy it. There's a whole tier of shitty tactics that some studios use that these guys haven't resorted to at all.

As for the new guy, time will tell. From what I've seen following the Stellaris streams, Paradox have built an incredibly loyal fanbase with its own subculture (albeit with a few people exhibiting blind faith and some elitism from what I've seen.) If they are planning to step up the tactics into a more predatory area I think it's a real mistake. That goodwill takes a long time to build up and a short time to throw away if you piss everyone off.
 
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News Comments > Steam's Best of 2017
2. Re: Steam's Best of 2017 Jan 1, 2018, 12:27 MisterBenn
 
Rocket League is still the bee's knees! Late night unranked is where it's at as far as I'm concerned, I tried ranked but it's way too serious for me. I'm old as fuck and highly medicated and there's no prospect of me eliminating all mistakes... I don't need teenagers crucifying me for fucking up my part in the attack! Unranked has a much better vibe, not caring about results too much, celebrating good plays and plenty of people are switched on to passing plays.

The end of 2017 was the first time I ever ended up with a backlog. I've always bought games as I've wanted them until now, even in the advent of Steam sales. I bought in to XCom 2, after a couple of weeks Divinity 2 landed and I was so blown away I had to have it. Then the Grim Dawn expansion dropped... now I'm all about Slay the Spire. Need to dedicate some time to tackle the heavyweight time vampire games!
 
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News Comments > Magic: The Gathering Arena Beta Next Month
6. Re: Magic: The Gathering Arena Beta Next Month Nov 22, 2017, 10:30 MisterBenn
 
I checked out one of their recent YouTube videos to see how it's shaping up. They talked about making sure the mechanics match the real game so I think that aspect will be OK. The presentation is more or less the old Duels of the Planeswalkers style, with some layout tweaks like nonlands becoming more square once they are on the battlefield. There were some new controls like manual mana tapping. When cards are tapped, they rotate about 10' clockwise and fade a bit - the comments were full of complaints about this not looking right.

I thought the original DotP games on PC were fun and great value, I bought the first few without fail. You'd get a handful of decks with quite a bit of tunability, and the AI was reasonable to play against in a lot of cases too. Once they cut off modding and the game moved towards the cash treadmill model I stopped and haven't bought in since. Inevitably this will be the same, it's going to be a full online home matching the real game isn't it? I'm guessing keeping pace with the online game is going to cost at least 95% of what Hearthstone costs... I have no interest in that as an outsider that enjoys the mechanics of the game. I'm guessing after a honeymoon period there are extremely slow rewards for playing offline... I'll keep an eye on it but I doubt I'm onboard.
 
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News Comments > Path of Exile Expansion Announced
1. Re: Path of Exile Expansion Announced Nov 16, 2017, 21:24 MisterBenn
 
I got burned out on Path of Exile (albeit after 4000 hours) and the power creep still seems to be out of control, but man these guys are unstoppable on new content and things to do.  
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