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By on July 20, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Welcome back to another Community Soapbox article! If you’ve got something you’d like to say to our community, check here for more information about how to get your thoughts up in lights.


With The Witcher 3 now out and blowing everyone away, I thought now is a good time to talk about a pet hate of mine: character customisation. I know many of you here absolutely love the ability to make you avatar into whatever you want, whether it’s an elf with scars all over their face or a badass humanoid with a massive tat.

But before you bring out the pitchforks, please hear me out. I would rather have my cake and eat it too. If we can get around the downsides of character customisation and still have it then by all means let’s have it. However, generally speaking it seems that particular goal is too hard for developers to achieve.

So why don’t I like it?

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Pop Up Ads

By on August 26, 2014 at 3:25 pm

I love Adblock. There’s nothing better than being able to visit a webpage without fear of some stupid auto-play video with insanely loud audio making your ears bleed. Since I installed Adblock my web experience has been far better than I could have imagined — I get exactly the content I want, with none of the garbage that usually goes with it. However recently I’ve been thinking about the problems that effect content creators on the internet as a result of recent high adoption rates of Adblock.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic

By on July 24, 2014 at 11:51 am

Welcome back to another Community Soapbox article! If you’ve got something you’d like to say to our community, check here for more information about how to get your thoughts up in lights.


If there is one thing I have learned through painful, painful experience over a protracted and long period of time, it is this:  I am not good at Player Vs Player combat in MMO’s.

Give me a gun, some cover and angle of approach, and I will tear you to shreds.  I am a monster, a machine in Mass Effect 3, and on a good day, a ground and pound nightmare in games like Battlefield, but give me a cooldown and something called a ‘rotation’ or whatever the heck it is, and I’m not just a fish out of water.  I’m a fish in a desert, who never knew what water meant, and is adrift in a world of dryness and sand.

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Dark Souls

By on March 25, 2014 at 9:45 am

Before I begin, I feel I should explain how story and plot works in Dark Souls, and how the community fits into all of this. The main complaint by the general user of Dark Souls seems to be that the plot is thin and makes no sense. It sounds like a cop-out, but if that is how it comes off then I think the entire point of the game has been lost on the user. I do not have the direct translated quote, but the director of Dark Souls said in an interview once that he wanted the story of his game to mirror the bonfires present in-game, for it to be discussed, discovered, explored and retold in the way that one would tell stories of their travels, or of travels told to them, around a campfire.

Amazingly, Dark Souls has ended up gathering and collecting the most incredible bunch of thinkers and storytellers any community could hope to have. The quality of discussion and debate that has gone on in YouTube comments, Reddit threads, forum posts, IRC channels, Facebook groups, in-person and across the globe is second to none. You know something is truly unique when it spawns intelligent and thoughtful dialogue from the comments of YouTube users!

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Star Wars: The Old Republic

By on February 12, 2014 at 2:10 pm

That’s right — free-to-play is not better than a sub. Never will be. Never really was. Why? Well, there are a few reasons.

In my opinion, the best F2P games out there currently are RIFT and Lord of the Rings Online. Why is this? Because both games have ways for you to not have to pay a cent — even when buying from the ‘real money’ shops. They both do things a bit differently, so we will start with LOTRO.

LOTRO was one of the first MMOs to change from a subscription model to F2P. And they did it to great success, with the game’s profits doubling in three months. The reason they pulled this off, though, was not simply because the game was now free — it was because they treated their playerbase with respect. How did they do this? With money, my dear friend, with money…

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By on January 28, 2014 at 6:42 pm

BioShock Infinite has just been crowned Game of the Year (both by staff and by readers), and I cannot say I agree with the decision. A GotY should be awarded to only the best of the best, not a game with as many gaping holes in gameplay, story and design as BioShock Infinite has. I originally played through this title on Hard so some of my criticism may be screwed differently than someone who played on the lower settings. Without further ado, let us jump right in!

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Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel

By on June 24, 2013 at 7:19 pm



There. That, ladies and gentlemen, is Army of Two – The Devil’s Cartel in a vaguely overcompensating homo-erotic nutshell. Review done.

Oh, you want more? Well, just remember. You asked for this.

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By on March 21, 2013 at 4:49 pm

One thing that never seems to affect the hero of any given video game is the awful weight of their actions. Killing another person isn’t something most people can deal with easily, and a lot of people die because of the actions of game characters. It is often to save their own life, yes, but in the real world, people are heavily affected by taking the lives of others. It’s a big, big reason so many people suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the armed services. It is very, very difficult to put that level of conscious or subconscious guilt and shame aside.

Some people don’t have that problem, however. Those people are called sociopaths.

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Far Cry 3

By on March 12, 2013 at 7:31 pm

In any discussion about any controversial content in games, one argument tends to get repeated over and over by a certain type of gamer.  It runs along these lines: because games aren’t real life, and because gamers know the difference between games and real life, it doesn’t matter what gets depicted in games.  Shooting people in the face?  Not real, doesn’t matter.  Massacring tigers and other endangered animals in Far Cry 3?  Virtual tigers, you idiot: not real, doesn’t matter.  And so on.  This reasoning has been repeated here on GON in countless threads, and the wider gaming world is awash with it. Our community member caitsith01 explains why this attitude needs to stop.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines

By on February 25, 2013 at 11:22 am

So then. You bought Aliens: Colonial Marines, didn’t you? I know some of you did. Own up. There is no shame here, no judgements. We are all brought together by our pain, born of our hope, and made all that more terrible when we now know it was a hope misguided.

The reviews speak the truth. It’s not a good game. It’s not even mediocre, most of the time. It descends into outright bad all too often. And let’s not get started on the sheer awfulness of the graphical downgrade the game got somewhere along the line. It’s bad. We all know this – at least, now we do.

But some of us saw the Green Man Gaming deal. Some of us had hope. Some of us believed. And regardless of commentary made of how foolish such a silly thing is, it happens. So now, some of us have a game we don’t really want to play, and would rather forget. Fair enough.

But surely, I say, there must be some way to enjoy this game… right?

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Blu-Ray Drive

By on January 18, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Welcome back to another Community Soapbox article! If you’ve got something you’d like to say to our community, check here for more information about how to get your thoughts up in lights.

With the recent announcement that BioShock Infinite would require a 3 DVD install and 30GB of HDD space (along with previous titles having 20GB+ installs – RAGE, Max Payne 3 and Hitman Absolution to name a few), the time has come to ask the question: Should game companies be using Blu-ray for PC game installation media?

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World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

By on January 10, 2013 at 7:02 pm

I’ve been playing World of Warcraft on and off since the initial release of the game. Generally I get excited when hearing about details of an upcoming expansion pack — however with the details being released on Mists of Pandaria I wasn’t happy at all. I felt that jumping on the Kung Fu Panda bandwagon and releasing an expansion based on a small part of the lore of the world was a mistake, and it didn’t help that the released intro for the expansion had comedic elements to it. So I had decided this would be the first expansion I wasn’t going to play.

That was until someone decided it would make a good birthday gift.

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Far Cry 3

By on December 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Far Cry 3 has already inspired more than a few articles here at, and now here’s one more to round out the year: our resident Neverwinter Nights DM Nemesis is back with an examination of the game’s roundly-criticised storyline. Perhaps, he says, there’s more to the ‘rich-white-kid-turned-mass-murderer’ plot than meets the eye.

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Far Cry 3 and Borderlands

By on December 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Everyone I have seen dive into Far Cry 3 (both on YouTube and my real life — with a pulse — friends) picks it up so quickly. The familiarity of the entire experience has been realised perfectly by the Ubisoft team — in fact, as I delved deeper into the ‘insanity’ of Far Cry 3 I started to feel a little too familiar with the game mechanics, to the point of of déjà vu. Far Cry 3 does not feel like its own game. It feels like a Greatest Hits collection of the mechanics from other games, and not a lot of its own IP.

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Borderlands 2

By on December 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Welcome back to another Community Soapbox article! If you’ve got something you’d like to say to our community, check here for more information about how to get your thoughts up in lights. Mild spoilers for Borderlands 2 may follow.

Jelly or custard. Chicken or steak. Kelly or Liara. Troy or Abed. Borderlands ‘Originale’ or Borderlands 2. Some questions cannot be answered without some serious examination and/or exposition, unless you are Marius (red heads man. Red heads. I hear ya).

Forum lurker that I am, I’ve noticed a bit of a trend lately when it comes to Borderlands 2. Some people can’t bring themselves to finish it. The game doesn’t seem to capture the attention of some, but in many cases these are people who played the ever lovin’ heck out of Original Borderlands. Why is that?

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