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1 Day ago
Stop waiting for Red Dead Redemption 2 - the best western shootout sim is already on PCStop waiting for Red Dead Redemption 2 - the best western shootout sim is already on PC
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Calling this game a "western shootout sim" is like calling Mario Kart a real world racing sim.

The Steamworld games are great fun (on the 3ds) but not at all any sort of sim, and don't provide the kind of depth a PC gaming sim fan would expect. They're super fun casual console games and little else. They don't even get a physical commercial release (eShop / digital only).Reply
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Hi! :) You're right that there's no physical release for PC, but we actually released a combo called SteamWorld Collection for PS4 and [sic] Wii U. So not entirely digital - and hopefully we can release more for physical retail down the line.

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5 Days ago
Paradox Interactive revert price hike, will refund those who bought earlyParadox Interactive revert price hike, will refund those who bought early
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These days? No one has liked price hikes EVER. People have been making the same complaints about the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer for literal centuries now.

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And the rich are a lot richer than when they started a few centuries ago.

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panbient commented on
5 Days ago
The best deals from the Steam Summer Sale 2017The best deals from the Steam Summer Sale 2017
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Motorsport Manager is 66% off. I'll be getting that as soon as I get home from work and doing little else this weekend. :D
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panbient commented on
6 Days ago
Paradox Interactive revert price hike, will refund those who bought earlyParadox Interactive revert price hike, will refund those who bought early
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Yeah... because the Summer Sale starting in two days has absolutely nothing to do with this, at all...

I mean sure they'll play the angle that they're compensating for the relative value of a country's currency compared to the US dollar 'standard' but if that was the case they could do it anytime at all rather than waiting for the big sale hype to kick in and potentially obscure this action.

Bump up the base price, offer a 'larger' discount, still sell it for more than it was last time it was on sale.
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6 Days ago
Here's why that guy dropped the ball during the EA Play livestreamHere's why that guy dropped the ball during the EA Play livestream
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The headline says 'this is why' something happened. The article doesn't actually explain why anything happened.

You say it looks like he choked while reading the prompter but offer nothing definitive. Was it their first try using a live teleprompter and he didn't have the experience to handle it properly? Had he been eating just before presenting (generally a bad idea) and choked on phlegm.

OR.... was having an 'embarrassing' incident just what his youtube channel needed to get all sorts of free press in a new market? Fortunately for him, you don't really report anything and just link back to his own clip.Reply
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I'm pretty sure doing a good job and setting himself up for more work with EA (and anyone else, for that matter) would have been more profitable. Now, he looks a bit of a berk, and no-one would touch him with a bargepole if they wanted someone to present for them.

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panbient commented on
2 Weeks ago
Trent Reznor's Quake soundtrack is coming to vinyl Trent Reznor's Quake soundtrack is coming to vinyl
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I don't remember this soundtrack being bad, but at the same time I do remember choosing to listen to my Ministry discs while playing the game instead (aggression vs. ambiance).
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Jac Atax responded to panbient's comment in
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Mass Effect: Andromeda patch reveals Jaal is bisexual Mass Effect: Andromeda patch reveals Jaal is bisexual
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Anyone else remember when this game was about saving the universe rather than what alien were you going to romance?Reply
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As a dating sim it does a poor job, but that is consistent with the rest of this experience. Bioware what happened to you?

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Star Citizen’s Item 2.0 update is now complete on a single shipStar Citizen’s Item 2.0 update is now complete on a single ship
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pretty sure they've been doing this for a few months now
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Years.

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Ben Barrett responded to panbient's comment in
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No-one wants to talk about Tencent, the biggest gaming company in the worldNo-one wants to talk about Tencent, the biggest gaming company in the world
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Are you seriously this daft?

No large company is going to offer specific details of the contracts controlling subsidiary companies and entities. None of those companies are going to be a liberty to discuss those specifics either outside of very closed statements (like all the ones vetted and approved for other publications - same as the ones you use a misguided examples of 'open' communication).

Seriously though, you spent 2000+ words of buttkiss for this company then whine that you can't get specific details about their business deals? You do realize every single one of the 9000 employees at Activision Blizzard are under a NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) right? Same as every employee at every company you contacted...

The only thing that seems odd is that the author and the editorial staff seriously seemed to believe a tech giant would just dish on business deal details. Really though, how thick are you guys?

Their 'secret' is simple. Run your business like a serious business, even if the product is videogaAaAaAAaammmes!!!!Reply
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Having spent three years or so talking to press-cleared employees about their companies and related businesses, it actually is pretty rare they'll have nothing to say. No, they aren't going to give you their pay-cheque and five-year plan, but they do have either prepared statements or answers to questions like what working with them is like, how they interact, what elements they help with, the strengths of the partnership, etc.


Are they 100% honest and willing to explain everything going wrong in the relationship? No, of course not, they're prepared statements for press. But silence is quite odd.

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Nothing about PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds makes sense, so says Simon MillerNothing about PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds makes sense, so says Simon Miller
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PCGamesN, please stop embarrassing yourself. Get that guy away from the camera. There is no point in those videos, they are not even funny. Just look at the likes/dislikes ratio.
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No such thing as bad press. Fact is, it generates reaction - positive or negative is irrelevant to the click count that pays the bills.

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panbient replied to 9 questions on the DG2: Defense Grid 2 Review
6 Months ago
DG2: Defense Grid 2 review snippet Does the setting of DG2: Defense Grid 2 feel original?
As original as any other post-apocalyptic / dystopian future in a sci-fi game.
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panbient replied to 12 questions on the SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition Review
7 Months ago
SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition review snippet How hard is it to make money in SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition?
The underlying economic model isn't super complex. Industrial zones create jobs, Residential zones provide housing, and Commercial zones maximize the profits from the Industry. Just don't spend all your money at once while the game is paused.
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9 Months ago
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II review snippet How does Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II compare to other Warhammer 40K games?
It's a departure from the earlier Dawn of War titles in that there's no base building at all in the single player campaign. It's all about controlling 4 hero units / squads in a cover based RTS.
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panbient replied to 4 questions on the Drox Operative Review
9 Months ago
Drox Operative review snippet How does Drox Operative run on your PC?
It's an older title as such it runs fine on my old system (2010-ish). The game also runs fine in Big Picture mode but the text is a bit small on a TV. Steam Controller is functional as well but this plays better with mouse and keyboard.
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panbient replied to 7 questions on the Grim Dawn Review
10 Months ago
Grim Dawn review snippet Does Grim Dawn feel grindy?
It starts feeling a bit grindy after the 2nd playthrough. But for the most part the action is fluid enough that you don't notice it. Very rarely find myself staring at cooldown boxes rather than the action on screen.
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panbient replied to 8 questions on the Dungeon of the Endless Review
11 Months ago
Dungeon of the Endless review snippet Why does Dungeon of the Endless feel retro?
It absolutely does not feel retro. This is a modern tower defense game with heroes added to the mix and a novel room / power mechanic to control the rate and difficulty of the mobs. The pixel art style is definitely 'neo-retro' looking but that only seems to make the game feel more modern to me.
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panbient replied to a question on the Battlestation: Harbinger Review
1 Year ago
Battlestation: Harbinger review snippet What are gamers first impressions of Battlestation: Harbinger
Absolutely. It's basically FTL + Space Pirates and Zombies + somehow relaxing. Also plays nicely with a Steam Controller / Big Picture mode.
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