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Strafe collector’s edition goes full ‘90s with pogs, floppy disks and its soundtrack on tapeStrafe collector’s edition goes full ‘90s with pogs, floppy disks and its soundtrack on tape
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Anyone who was actually around in the 90s remembers that tape cassettes were pretty much done and it was all about compact discs. Same with acid wash jeans being some of the final death throes of the 80s. But those Pogs and 3.5" discs (don't call them floppies - those are 5.25") are 100% spot on.

At least the game looks fun.
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Dota 2 players must soon register a unique phone number to their accounts to play RankedDota 2 players must soon register a unique phone number to their accounts to play Ranked
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I'm still concerned about the whole "intentional feeding" angle - especially since a lot of people scream about reporting players who are just not that good or having bad luck especially with the Battle Pass.

Daily Challenge heroes can often create a situation with a hero that's ineffective against the other team or quite a bit more challenging to use than a player's typical choice. If I end up with an "0-12-no one cares about assists but you" match it's not because I'm feeding it's because I sucked with my daily challenge and don't have the time to play a bunch of practice bot matches before trying to get the reward.

Didn't stop people from reporting me and I doubt these changes will affect the behaviour of the community punishing people who don't live up to their expectations.Reply
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Honestly, why are you playing ranked if you want to do some stupid battle point thing? It should be disabled in ranked games tbh, if you want to do some stupid side shit go do it in unranked. If you can't do it in unranked then that makes it even stupider.


Are you really that selfish to ruin everyone elses game and waste their time cause you want to do some stupid battle pass thing? Instead of having a decent game where you aren't feeding? They added too much stupid shit to the game, that people aren't even trying to play the actual game anymore.

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Hidden gems of PC gaming - Aliens: Colonial MarinesHidden gems of PC gaming - Aliens: Colonial Marines
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This is a FANTASTIC premise for a recurring piece.

Too bad it's being wasted on yet another failed attempt at humour.

Seriously though, this was a great site for gaming news and insight 2 years ago. Then sometime last Summer-ish things changed and you've started farting out lame attempts at humour every few weeks.

Does trolling your audience really pay the bills better than providing worthwhile content? Or are some of you just trying to get fired so you can collect government assistance for a few months?Reply
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I wish they would answer this, I mean they don't seem to care what anyone thinks. The Miller reports overall have tons of down votes I just don't see why they keep doing them, it's like a 14 year old took over the site. This was my favorite site for PCgaming news and now it's pretty meh.

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UK man charged with swatting a US streamer, getting him shot in the face with rubber bulletsUK man charged with swatting a US streamer, getting him shot in the face with rubber bullets
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The police who shot first then investigated second should be charged with harsher offenses than the jack-off who called in the hoax.

Then again, it happened in Maryland. The same state where the police killed Freddie Grey in the back of one of their vans almost 2 years ago to the day and walked away without any repercussion.

Stay classy America (and hope you get born white).Reply
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How the hell did this happen? I mean didn't they investigate before charging in? Why would they shoot him if he didn't have weapon?

I mean everything about police behaviour says amateurish. Heck even SWAT games give you penalties if you rubber bullet innocent.

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panbient commented on
2 Months ago
"S**t Square Enix" screams Nier: Automata director in savage attack on game t-shirt"S**t Square Enix" screams Nier: Automata director in savage attack on game t-shirt
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I don't think I have access to enough drugs to make this make sense.
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2 Months ago
PewDiePie apologises for anti-Semitic stunt after slamming the media coveragePewDiePie apologises for anti-Semitic stunt after slamming the media coverage
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There's a difference between journalism and advocacy. They're getting it right this time. They're reporting on what is happening without colouring it with their opinion.


Just because you don't like what's being reported doesn't change the fact that it happened. Nothing needed to be taken out of context to look bad. Seriously, even in context it looks very bad (and really stupid / childish).

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Well, really they kinda did.


"With over 50 million subscribers, PewDiePie is the new mainstream, and as such has to be careful about what he puts on his channel. Perhaps it's the nature of the Internet that there's no room whatsoever for subtlety where satirising hateful content is concerned."


You could argue that he shouldn't have to assume that his audience is so dense that they don't realize it's partially a joke and partially an exposé on how ridiculous the service is/can be. Pandering to the lowest common denominator makes everyone less (... Which considering his audience, makes this whole situation even more embarrassing really).

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Droniac responded to panbient's comment in
2 Months ago
PewDiePie apologises for anti-Semitic stunt after slamming the media coveragePewDiePie apologises for anti-Semitic stunt after slamming the media coverage
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Of course not everything needs to be Disney-fied. But the fact remains he had gotten big enough to be purchased by Disney - same as they purchased those other 'minor' cultural points of interest like Star Wars and Marvel Comics. Heck they even own 80% of ESPN.


To dismiss Disney's industry clout based on online followers is just foolish.

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Actually, your "fact" is wrong.


Disney purchased Maker Studios, not PewDiePie. PewDiePie, along with many other YouTubers, had a network contract with Maker Studios at the time of that purchase. Now he doesn't.


Similarly, his channel got dropped from YouTube Red, but not YouTube entirely. He still has well over 50 million subs and is still making (annoying) videos and millions of dollars.


This might damage his prospects for certain types of projects outside the scope of his own channel and it does damage his reach to (some) advertisers. But you're vastly overestimating the impact this will have on his income or success going forward.

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panbient commented on
2 Months ago
Apocalypse Now is still short of $900k KS goal, so it’s moving platform and asking for $5 millionApocalypse Now is still short of $900k KS goal, so it’s moving platform and asking for $5 million
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So... Spec Ops: The Line: The Original Prequel - but open world?
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panbient responded to Saiph comment in
2 Months ago
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Given the number of subscribers he has, I think it would be more accurate to say that PewDiePie has dumped Disney and YouTube. ;-)
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Given the actual size and scope of Disney I really hope he invested his initial success wisely because he just screwed himself out of anything children oriented for the rest of his career.


No other major industry player that deals with children will touch an individual with antisemitic shenanigans in their history even if it was just for the lulz or wtfs.


Seriously, it's not the early 90s, there's absolutely no need to find out just what people are willing to do for a dollar on the internet anymore. To be "shocked" by the outcome is like being surprised fire is hot.

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panbient responded to The Chimpy Man comment in
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The best Dota 2 heroes for beginnersThe best Dota 2 heroes for beginners
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A bit of advice for those getting in on MOBAs in general: Never pick a support type. Your team WILL betray you and report you for everything because you've spent all your time and gold supporting them and not one-shotting the other team "like you're supposed to."
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I recently got into DOTA2 after trying it a few times over the last few years. Things finally clicked for me around the time 7.0 came out.


I 100% agree that new players should not choose a support class. But for completely different reasons.


Support is a high level role. You need to be able to assess the flow of the match as it is happening, read the map and the action on the screen, and react accordingly. It is not a beginner role. The rest of the team will rely on you for vision / wards, and healing, and actual hero support within team battles.


What I've noticed (and have been guilty of in the past) is that new people approach a MOBA like a FPS and think that playing a 'support' will be easy because they can just spam heal their teammates like in a shooter. It does not function like that. At all. There is no TF2 Medic equivalent.


A good Support player can carry a mediocre team to victory. But a good team with a mediocre Support will always fail.


Seriously, if you're new and want to play a Support - don't.

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panbient replied to 9 questions on the DG2: Defense Grid 2 Review
4 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
5 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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6 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
6 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
8 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
9 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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