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GamingThread Microsoft responds to Sony's claim that Call of Duty is unrivaled & unique (Claims Sony is paying to block games from Gamepass)
Reason User Warned: Platform Warring
Sony is on the defense. After the PS5. Xbox will dominate. This is probably the beginning of the end of the good ol' Days for Sony. They need to work on building more exclusives to compete and keep core Playstation players by going back to indie/small exclusives. bloodborne for example.
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GamingThread Microsoft responds to Sony's claim that Call of Duty is unrivaled & unique (Claims Sony is paying to block games from Gamepass)
Reason User Warned: Platform Warring
This just reads as won't somebody help the poor underdogs that's is Microsoft. Bless there cotton socks.
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GamingThread Microsoft responds to Sony's claim that Call of Duty is unrivaled & unique (Claims Sony is paying to block games from Gamepass)
Reason User Warned: Platform Warring
Ms: they do bad Also ms: lets buy everything
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GamingThread Microsoft responds to Sony's claim that Call of Duty is unrivaled & unique (Claims Sony is paying to block games from Gamepass)
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well this thread turned out like everyone expected
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GamingThread Microsoft responds to Sony's claim that Call of Duty is unrivaled & unique (Claims Sony is paying to block games from Gamepass)
Reason User Warned: Platform Warring
It's worse for people with sony logo avatars.
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GamingThread Microsoft responds to Sony's claim that Call of Duty is unrivaled & unique (Claims Sony is paying to block games from Gamepass)
Reason User Banned (3 Days): Platform Warring; Metacommentary
I respect the Sisyphean effort here, but you already know it's falling on deaf ears. Anyone who is skeptical of this acquisition is caping for Sony. GamePass is a blessing. Phil Spencer is a bro. I mean, hell, PlanetSmasher is over here taking heat for calling out the MS response as pretty transparent corporate garbo (it is), and being accused of stanning for Sony in the process (extremely laughable). These threads are always the same.
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GamingThread Microsoft responds to Sony's claim that Call of Duty is unrivaled & unique (Claims Sony is paying to block games from Gamepass)
Reason User Banned (1 Day): Platform Warring; Metacommentary
Only thing these people here care is to get cheap games and cheer about companies, giving their data in exchange is nothing. Reactions would be very different if it wasn’t MS doing this move.
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GamingThread Microsoft responds to Sony's claim that Call of Duty is unrivaled & unique (Claims Sony is paying to block games from Gamepass)
Reason User Threadbanned: Thread Whining
Read the actual content of my post instead of flipping out on me for a few words at the beginning of it. I obviously read some of it or I wouldn't have been able to point out the part where they talk about the profitability of exclusivity vs. remaining on all platforms. It's an extremely long wall of legal speak and almost nobody in this thread read every word of it.
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GamingThread Bridget announced for Guilty Gear -Strive- Season 2, Out August 8th (Today) [UPDATE: Bridget is trans now, she/her]
Reason User Banned (Permanent): Transphobic talking points and rhetoric; account in junior phase
Wasn't Bridget groomed by her parents to dress and act like a girl? I don't know what kind of message they're sending, but from my perspective, it seems like they're kinda unintentionally implying that transgenderism is a result of child abuse and grooming.
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GamingThread VG247: “Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s release feels like the Switch is teetering on the cusp of a real piracy problem”
Reason User Banned (3 Days): Advocating Piracy
I dont really care if people pirate and I pirate myself for retro stuff but I find a lot of posters here to be overly sanctimonious about how obviously they rip their own cart for every game like its the norm and its totally not a problem that huge swaths of the internet are playing a big release a week early and casually spoiling things.lmao come off it, no one with a shred of common sense believes that the primary users of emulators are by people using legit copies they ripped themselves
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GamingThread VG247: “Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s release feels like the Switch is teetering on the cusp of a real piracy problem”
Reason User Warned: Inflammatory Point of Comparison
It is astonishingly naive to decouple emulation from piracy. This is literally gun control debate, only about videogames. "Does emulation hurt or IS IT THE PERSON BEHIND IT", I mean come on. Emulation is literally the fastest and most efficient way to enable piracy. You can defend all of its fair uses -- and as someone who uses emulation myself for older consoles like the GBA, I do think there's a lot of innocuous ways to use emulation -- but to even remotely deny that the vast majority by a huge margin of people who use emulators aren't exactly playing copies of games they own themselves, is just ridiculous. It's impossible to have a serious conversation about that until people (primarily emulation enthusiasts or emulator users themselves -- go figure eh?) come to terms with the basic facts of reality. And while we grapple with that, publishers will keep making studios user harsher and harsher forms of DRM because they've realized by now asking us nicely isn't gonna cut it. This works for small transactions, not consoles. This is the Steam excuse. Steam became popular because of sales, and because of very small prices comparatively. If Steam cost 300 bucks, you bet it wouldn't have turned the PC gaming market around lmao. Also to respond to the question more directly: The Vita had such a hilariously poor third party support because a lot of PSP's third party developers quickly realized how much their games were being pirated especially in the west, to such an extent where even just porting them would be a massive loss, so they abandoned the hardware entirely and moved to another platform. To this day there is no western release of games like Monster Hunter Portable 3rd or its HD PS3 port, despite it being the fourth best selling game in the entire franchise (and especially considering it only came out in Japan and Korea). The Dreamcast was also notoriously easy to pirate to such a pathetic extent that it basically didn't even require any additional hardware or software and I have never in my entire life met anyone who had a Dreamcast collection of legal games that's bigger than the huge CD folder filled with burned CDs. I know people like to say that it was Shenmue's development that nearly fucked SEGA over, but anyone with a hint of reason can say it likely cost SEGA far more money to research, develop and manufacture Dreamcasts than the 70 million they paid to make Shenmue. Piracy fucked the Dreamcast, not Shenmue.
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GamingThread Xbox Game Studios & Bethesda Softworks | OTXX | Grounded until 2023
Reason User Banned (permanent): Troll account
I never said Xbox+Bethesda would not be one of the biggest/best publishers of the generation. It definitely would have been. I just said it wouldn't be the best. I think publishers like Sony and Nintendo are still superior overall. With the addition of Activision, however, the things are different and there is a high possibility that Xbox could become the biggest/best publisher around. It is not 100% certain, but it could be highly possible. Nintendo's games are among the biggest, most popular and best-selling in the industry. Games like Mario 3d, Pokemon, Zelda, Mario kart, Animal crossing, Splatoon, Fire emblem, Smash bros etc. sell millions and millions of copies. Sony and Microsoft+Bethesda (also counting Activision maybe) don't have many other games of this scale, which can compete at this level.Tlou faction has been in development for at least 3 years. Also considering that it is a live service game, it is not impossible that it will be released next year. The Firewalk game has actually been in development for a long time. When the partnership was announced, the game was already playable, I think it has been in development for at least 3 or 4 years as well. Firesprite has 4 or 5 games in development, Horizon Call of the mountain is only one of them, and only part of the team is working on it. These are the games already announced and already published by Sony in this generation. And this is considering that, unlike Microsoft, Sony has still announced very little while Microsoft has already announced most of its content. - Astro Playroom - Sackboy Adventure - Spider-Man Miles Morales - Demon Souls remake - Destruction all stars - Ratchet and clank rift apart - Returnal - mlb the show 21 - mlb the show 22 - GT7 - Horizon West Forbidden - God of War Ragnarok - Tlou part 1 - spiderman 2 - Wolverine - Horizon The Call of the Mountain This is the Sony games that are in development and that can be realeased in this generation. New Santa Monica game New Naughty Dog game Insomniac multiplayer game New Guerrilla game ( Horizon multiplayer game likely) Ghost of thushima 2 Death stranding 2 Firesprite's Twisted Metal 4 more Firesprite games are in development New game Housemarque New game Bluepoint New game Pixel opulus New game Team Asobi New mlb games Bend studio new ip New game from London studio New game Mediamolecule Haven studio game Firewalk game Deviation game Helldivers 2 Bungie multiple games Multiple vr games Maybe a new Uncharted Maybe silent hill Other stuff There are more than 30 games in development. Again, I never said that Xbox+Bethesda would not be one of the biggest/best publishers of the generation. It definitely would have been. I just said it wouldn't be the best. I think publishers like Sony and/or Nintendo are still superior overall. With the addition of Activision, however, things are different and there is a high possibility that Xbox could become the biggest/best publisher around. It is not 100% certain, but it could be highly possible. But without Activision-Blizzard i don't think so.
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GamingThread WB apparently taking down videos showcasing modded Multiversus content, may ban players using mods as well
Reason User Banned (3 Days): Antagonizing Fellow Member; History of Hostility
If this was a Nintendo thread you won’t be saying this. You’ll be running the old “Nintendo ninjas” meme.
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GamingThread VG247: “Xenoblade Chronicles 3’s release feels like the Switch is teetering on the cusp of a real piracy problem”
Reason User banned (3 days): Admitting to Piracy
I'm going to be real with you, games running like absolute fucking dogshit was a huge reason for getting rid of my switch. Emulating these games is the way to go. You get a better experience than you could ever get on the switch. Its a fucking no-brainer. I highly doubt piracy is eating into switch that much. When your games drop to crt resolutions and 15 fps you got a damn problem and can't blame people for trying to fix it
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GamingThread Fighting Games Era | EVO 2022 | OT | Now Under New Management
Reason User Banned (3 Days): Hostility toward another member
Oh, get out of here. Nobody beats Daigo, Tokido, and Gachikun gets a "he didn't even fight the best players from Japan" label. Salty bitch.
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GamingThread How do you like to buy your games?
Reason User Banned (1 Week): Advocating Piracy; Account in Junior Phase
I'm starting to get into roms and piracy because we are getting robbed by publishers nowadays. I only pay for games made by people who respect the players. So very few of them. so if your game is full price and has : loot boxes, microtransactions, cut content put behind paywall, grinding or anything close to that, i'm not giving em a penny.
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GamingThread New Street Fighter 6 Characters Leaked by Capcom Germany (SPOILER)
Reason User banned (permanent): Intentionally posting NSFW content
This is a post to get my account perma-banned. In this spoiler is NSFW ("Not Safe For Work") material that I hope will get me perma-banned. Do not click on the spoiler if you are at work or whatever. Feel free to report this post to get me perma-banned, I'd appreciate it
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GamingThread Let's Talk About The Unusual Transformation of Console Warriors Recently
Reason User banned (1 month): Antagonistic console war rhetoric, multiple prior bans for similar behavior
TBH, this is more indicative of how successful PlayStation Era has been in driving other gamers away from this forum than anything else. The console wars are still very much active basically everywhere else in the Internet. I do think the fact that the last gen's console war was so short (Microsoft had faceplanted in the run up to the Xbox One's launch so hard that the war was over by E3 2014) that for a lot of new gamers this is the first console war they've participated in where there isn't an obvious winner. With that said...I don't think this is as true as it used to be, or we'd hear a hell of a lot more whinging about how the Switch has been dominating the console market globally the past few years. Doesn't help that a) Xbox still isn't giving any sale figures for their hardware, or b) NPD is trying to peddle "dollar sales for hardware" as a metric that's useful for anyone outside of console warriors.
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GamingThread PlayStation Studios |OT30| Every day we Stray closer to Ragnarök
Reason User Banned (permanent): Troll account
Ragnarok its one of the last triple A from sony we're gonna enjoy. With microsoft putting his wallet on the game.. i dont see a good future tbh
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GamingThread Why is it called "Soulsborne" and not "Blood Souls?"
Reason User warned: Platform wars
The way I see it all this is just passive-aggressive console warring: The "Soulsborne" name as a way to retake ownership of the genre that had been stolen from PS when Dark Souls released and triumphed everywhere becoming one of the most influential games of the generation, while DeS was stuck in a "hidden gem" status. When someone uses the "Soulsborne" name they're actually trying to say that Souls games have a special relationship with PS because that makes them feel like they have butterflies in their bellies.
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GamingThread Many QoL features from Pokemon Legends: Arceus like watching the Exp animation outside battle etc are gone in Pokemon SV
Reason User Banned (1 Week): Accusations of Shilling; Account in Junior Phase
Just take your shilling to someone who cares, lol. By your logic no game could be ever criticized on its production value or anything else.
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GamingThread Many QoL features from Pokemon Legends: Arceus like watching the Exp animation outside battle etc are gone in Pokemon SV
Reason User Warned: Inflammatory Generalzation
They will never change because they have defenders that dont matter the shit they do they will always lick their ass (you can dislike arceus, but there was some really great qol improvements that would benefit the main series, but is not even this, its years and years of taking away some good elements and this shit being defended) and they sell like hotcakes. They are not a good studio and they dont deserve the millions they sell. Its a pity but it is what it is.
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GamingThread Instances where you believe "censorship" in a game made it better
Reason User Banned (3 Months): Excusing Sexism Over Multiple Posts, Mansplaining; Prior Severe Ban for Concern Trolling Over Representation
I just want to say I appreciate your reponse and I appreciate your perspective. I understand it can be very frustrating deal with dumb straight guys online. I gotta be honest I hate this: "And honestly do you even hear yourself?" Yes. I do not view objectification or sexualisation as inherently problematic and explained why. Any moment you look at someone as sexually appealing you are objectifying them in the moment. Turns out you also capable of stopping that and then treating them like a person. Don't lie to me and tell me you have never objectified someone in your head. You have. We are animals. I understand we do live in a patriarchal society so its impossible to view this in a vaccum but based exclusively on my anecdotal experience I have not found it harmful to me. I've even read studies about this that claim there is a harm but I wonder if this is the result of correlation =/= causation. Is the rise of sexist thoughts a result of engaging with sexualised material or is it the result of engaging in a sexist society. I know these things can't be divorced but I don't buy for a second that straight men can't express their sexuality through media without it being inherently harmful to women. Because gay men CAN and straight women CAN and so do lesbian women. But straight men can't because we live in a sexist society so it doesn't matter even if you are able to consume this media responsibly?
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GamingThread Eidos Montreal founder: "I heard rumours that Sony said they're really interested in [acquiring] Square Enix Tokyo, but not the rest."
Reason User Banned (1 Day): Platform Warring
This would be bad news for all gamers as games would be tied to Sony consoles. At least when Microsoft buys them we still get PC games.
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GamingThread The official opinions from Sony, Ubisoft, WB, BN, Apple, Riot, Google and more about the Activision Blizzard acquisition
Reason User Warned: Platform Warring
LMAO. Whatever Sony deals happened is a drop in the ocean compared to the deals Microsoft was making during the 360 days with major third-party such as Electronic Arts (Bioware), Activision and Take-Two among others. Those Xbox deals were so massive and hurt Sony so bad that it forced them to invest in their own studios, which is how we ended up with Uncharted and The Last of Us at the end of the PS3, and the rest of the "Playstation Studios" afterwards. Meanwhile Xbox kept hurting itself with chasing Kinect instead of AAA games at the end of the 360 era, and the whole Xbox One launch debacle. Self-inflicted wounds that Sony had no part in. To go back to the present, I personally don't care about this deal as I don't give two shits about Call of Duty and this toxic company known as Activision-Blizzard, but I simply don't understand why so many people are trying to paint Microsoft as this poor underdog trying to survive while they are the one waving their infinite money in order to force their business model, to such a scale that regulatory authorities around the world are taking notice. In my opinion it looks like Microsoft who is trying to force Sony out right now. That's why they are being investigated by the way.
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GamingThread The official opinions from Sony, Ubisoft, WB, BN, Apple, Riot, Google and more about the Activision Blizzard acquisition
Reason User Banned (5 Days): Platform Warring; History of the Same
Because their strategy was aimed at 3rd party devs. 3-4 years ago Shawn Layden explained it. PlayStation didn't want the pie of the big publishers. They wanted both the platform and 3rd party publishers to thrive. His exact words were: Let's be honest without hypocricity (i know that i will be attacked by usual suspects or some people won't agree, which is absolutely fine). Big tech understand things quiet different. They want the entire pie. They don't like competition. It's even more cynical, because Microsoft (and ironically Sony too) themselves made a significant impact over the scandal with Activision Blizzard which led to stocks downfall. Then they announce the acquisition for a decent price.... like a vulture, aren't they?
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GamingThread What is it about Ubisoft Open World games that make them feel like they are designed by robots?
Reason User banned (1 day): Trolling and inflammatory generalizations
Maybe AAA games are designed to minimize development costs and maximize playtime catering to the most ignorant player base?
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GamingThread NPD: PS5 leading hardware dollar sales in 2022 (Xbox Series #2, Switch #3). Switch leading in unit sales (PS5 in #2 for June, Xbox Series in #2 YTD)
Reason User Banned (1 Week): Misrepresenting Moderation, History of Inflammatory Commentary
A mod bullied the person responsible for Japan sales and everyone got pissed
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GamingThread Let's Talk About The Unusual Transformation of Console Warriors Recently
Reason User warned: Metacommentary, console war rhetoric
Oh it's absolutely alive and well on here no doubt about that. People in the Sony OT were actually cheering when Sony patented the online aspects of Death Stranding. It's just crazy.
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GamingThread The official opinions from Sony, Ubisoft, WB, BN, Apple, Riot, Google and more about the Activision Blizzard acquisition
Reason User banned (duration pending admin review): Console warring; prior bans and extremely long history of similar behavior
LOL. If Xbox gamers are lucky Sony will buy SE. It's the only leverage you have, COD for FF. Man industry is changing. popcorn is ready.
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GamingThread The official opinions from Sony, Ubisoft, WB, BN, Apple, Riot, Google and more about the Activision Blizzard acquisition
Reason User banend (1 month): Hostility towards other members, extremely long history of similar behavior
Yes, they would predict that new exclusive IPs will touch a 20 year old franchise that's always the best selling of the year in almost all major markets. Some of you could try harder in playing dumb.
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GamingThread Let's Talk About The Unusual Transformation of Console Warriors Recently
Reason User banned (2 weeks): Inflammatory point of comparison, prior ban for similar behavior
The statement "I can't be a console warrior, I own all systems." is the equivalent to someone saying they aren't racist because they have a black friend.
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GamingThread Let's Talk About The Unusual Transformation of Console Warriors Recently
Reason User banned (1 week): platform warring, a history of platform warring
If I had to rank console warriors: 3) Sony: the absolute worst, entitled and smug. Closest thing to a cult. 2) Microsoft: delusional, they don't have much to hold onto nowadays other than MS money muscle. 1) Nintendo: best people in the internet, only good vibes.
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GamingThread The official opinions from Sony, Ubisoft, WB, BN, Apple, Riot, Google and more about the Activision Blizzard acquisition
Reason User Warned: Console wars, please keep ‘M$‘ and similar out of Era
M$ will keep Call of Duty exclusive right up until the acquisition is approved. All bets are off after that, which competitors understand. Sony would never publish it multiplat if the roles were reversed.
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GamingThread Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account makes transphobic joke (READ OP)
Reason User Banned (Duration Pending): Trolling + Peddling disinformation; numerous accumulated infractions
They’re banning folks just for saying that they’ll buy the game regardless, so yes.