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You don’t think it’s a bad thing to be seen as second best, and settle for the knowledge that you’ll always be an accessory to gaming, rather than a core element? Because that seems pretty dire to me…

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Yep, I keep thinking of fall as winter. A habit I need to break.

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I’m convinced they’re simply too reliant on first party to sell consoles and turn profits. By creating yet another console that can’t support multi-plat games (at a time when the games with the biggest sales and cultural impacts are third party – The Elder Scrolls, CoD, Assassin’s Creed), they’ve firmly established themselves as a secondary console in the minds of most gamers.

If you want to play Assassin’s Creed Unity, or Arkham Knight, or The Witcher 3 this fall, you know that you need a PS4, Xbox One, or PC. The Wii U is getting some nice first party content, but for the majority of gamers that means it’s attractive as a secondary gaming machine in their home, but not even remotely a consideration as the only gaming machine in their home.

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I’ve gone through that thought process so many times! I start a new DA2 game, think "Hey, this is actually kinda fun", and for some reason I never make it out of chapter 1 before I move onto a different, better, game. It’s a deadly cycle destined to repeat itself forever. I do the same thing with Kingdoms of Amalur…

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Used to be that way, definitely. In its current state, the first 10-15 minutes genuinely decide the game, with a few exceptions (relying on the winning team making silly mistakes and throwing the game). Snowballing is just… the game these days. I can’t remember the last close game I had – my team either stomps, or gets stomped.

And Arthur is right, a “concede defeat” option would be great. Those moments when your team is locked into their fountain, with a Pudge outside hooking you out to his entire team who spend the next 10 minutes farming kills instead of pushing tier three towers. Dota 2 at its absolute worst. The game is definitely in the worst state it’s ever been in right now (at least since I started playing, which was with Dota 2, not the original mod).

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I loved FFX because of the Blitzball! Screw Sin, he can wait, I have a tournament to win!

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Yeah, that confused me too! I’m guessing Emily is allowing for a little reporter’s bias here ;)

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A controversial comment and a backwards smiley!? This is too much!

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Was half expecting you to open the flood gates again by lowering the score by another .5 =P

Thanks for the update, Phil. If it’s solid enough that you think it’s a better game than before, then that will make it a definite purchase for me, and everyone else who already considered this a 9+/10 game.

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He’s not saying it’s impossible – he’s saying the exact opposite. This is yet another AAA game where shooting things is the primary (probably only) method of interaction and challenge, hence it’s impossible for them to spin a good story out of this. At best it will be Michael Bay quality. At worst, like any other FPS shooter campaign.

Until AAA devs and publishers have the balls to experiment with a primary gameplay mechanic that doesn’t involve shooting or stabbing people (which won’t happen until AAA development is much cheaper, and therefore involves less risk), we’re stuck with terrible stories that amount to "guy shoots other guys, because video games."

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