The Sunday Papers

What’s Sunday for? Trying to post a compiled list of all the neat reading we’ve found online, in the gaps whilst the troublesome site is actually up, whilst trying to avoid posting a NY-bar karakoke classic. Because that’d be terrible.

Failed. But at least the RPS server hasn’t gone down. Quickly! Post! Post!


  1. Senethro says:

    Is BF1943 missing its link?

  2. Pags says:


    Am I ashamed of paying £45 to go see him this summer? Hell no. Also, you appear to have forgotten the link to the Battlefield 1943 article, and thus I am still left wondering!

  3. Senethro says:

    I am a swifter pedant!

  4. Pags says:

    And another also, I remember reading that PSX Extreme article when Leigh Alexander linked to it and shaking my head in utter disbelief.

  5. The Poisoned Sponge says:

    I guess that falls out of the sphere of ‘PC gaming’ though Pags, and thus, all interest falls away like an Australian dropbear. The terrifying, adorable, fuzzy bastards.

  6. Rich_P says:

    I’ve been to five Springsteen shows and the best part is when the house lights come on and the band launches into “Born to Run.” That’s rock-and-roll heaven right there.

    Also, I didn’t know the PCGA had a website. It makes complete and total sense, but I’d never thought to look.

  7. Meat Circus says:


    Hmmm. Killzone 2: competent yet derivative multiplayer shooter with a new cover system?

    7/10 seems reasonable to me.

  8. Nick says:

    He isn’t called The Boss for nothing.

  9. nabeel says:

    I hope that Capcom’s joining the PC Gaming Alliance will ensure the PC port of Street Fighter IV, because I ache for it.

  10. James G says:

    Awww, the Barry White made even this cynical Valentines hating singleton smile.

    Bah, I want my player two.

  11. rabbitsoup says:

    thank you PSXE. i was getting bored and the you cheered me right up.

    on a side note i wonder if PC based reviewers have any love for no PC FPS’s.

    Its often apples and pears when comparing the two communities idea of the genre

  12. Tom Camfield says:

    The NNGJ thing. He seems to want writing about games that will reveal more about who gamers are: stuff revealing who he is through the way he interacts with games. Pretty much NGJ with added philosophy, which I kinda noble, I guess, although he didn’t seem to understand NGJ very well. I dropped an alternative creation story on him, which amuses me.

  13. Bret says:

    Wow. The Battlefield 1943 article…
    So…many… exclamation…points.

    Also, the Killzone thing is an impressive bit of head up assery.

  14. Xercies says:

    Oh dear I see New New New Games Journalism being released soon after the failure of New New Games Journalism.

    When will they ever learn.

  15. Steelfist says:

    I found it hilarious that PSX thinks that Edge would give KZ2 a low score to get attention.

    Really hilarious.

    My God, what is the world coming to when someone not liking a game is called a disservice to consumers, because its simply NOT POSSIBLE that the game might not be that great.

  16. AndrewC says:

    Are PSX Extreme big? I’ve never heard of them, and would believe you if you told me they were actually Hard Casual.

    Now: before we run out of all the ‘new’s in the English language, i suggest calling it ‘Hot Lesbian Porn’.

  17. Bret says:

    You’d need to modify the content some, though.

    You know, to avoid confusion.

  18. AndrewC says:

    Mad clix though.

  19. Kieron Gillen says:

    Re: Porn. “Nude Games Journalism” is my standard gag.


  20. ImperialCreed says:

    Much love to you RPS. Much love to you.

  21. eyemessiah says:


    “Botting is fun!

    Yes, it is. Some might even argue that it’s funner than actually playing the game.”


    The only thing that has me even vaguely interested in playing WOW again is the prospect of running a DK bot.

    EDIT: Does anyone remember off the top of their head if you need a CC to be able to make a new WOW account even if you pay with prepay cards?

  22. Tworak says:

    Eh what’s with the psxextreme guys?

    “Botting is fun!”
    Get bent, cheating fuckerrrrrr…!!

  23. Dinger says:

    NNGJ? Destroy your safe and happy lives, before it is too late. It’s just a phase man. When the old school is to old, and the new school turned down your application, you set out to repeat the errors of the past generation.

    Tell me when it’s over:

    We all know that Guerilla’s title is one of the best FPSs ever made; anyone who knows this industry and has a functioning brain will admit to this. They may not like it, but they will admit to its quality. This is what good reviewers do.(Their phasis, my talics. Let me know when it’s done)There’s a point, the point where you’re publishing your email ramblings about how to (re-/mis-/ill-)conceive the game review, and wondering how to explain your role with respect to the audience. You can’t just be “one of the crowd, speaking to my people,” ‘cos there ain’t no job security in that, and that would turn the job into a Logan’s Run affair, if not Wild in the Streets. That point there, you realize you’re getting old, and people turn and yell:

    And that label is: “a bunch of kids with superiority complexes who just want to prove they ‘know more’ than everyone else…at the expense of the consumer.”

    Industry. Consumer. Journalists. Check out the ease with which he transforms these terms and fuses them to the substrate of ignorance.

    But in an industry geared to the teenage male consumer, maybe Logan’s Run is the way. Has Michael Bay eclipsed Jerry Bruckheimer yet? Many reviewers pan their films as trite shallow and loud, but they still churn out blockbusters. Why? Because while we know they’re trite, shallow and loud, like so many other films before, and not as good as half of them, that bit of comparative perspective is lost on the enthusiastic newcomer, who doesn’t like old movies with Clarke Gable.

    It’s that blissful ignorance that can’t tolerant endless yapping about how good Choplifter was, that faces each morning unaware that it was preceded by millions of others, that can honestly accuse others of dishonesty.

    “it’s good, but there are better titles out there for your money.” This…is…a…lie. That’s right, a lie.

    Welcome to your generation. Lament that video game writing has become “a game.” Change the world. One day you’ll wake up and find the world’s changed you; then you’re realize that this is not the newest industry you signed on for.

  24. BooleanBob says:

    Can you write follow this NNGJ fallout and write a summary of it later this week Kieron? I want to see the world’s first New New Games Journalism Journalism, and there’s no-one else out there who could write it without imploding in a vortex of irony.

  25. bhlaab says:

    Like it or not, opinions exist on a sliding scale, and we’re not saying everyone is going to enjoy KZ2, but this review is akin to saying something similar about “The Godfather II” or “Citizen Kane.” We all know that Guerilla’s title is one of the best FPSs ever made; anyone who knows this industry and has a functioning brain will admit to this. They may not like it, but they will admit to its quality. This is what good reviewers do.

  26. Bret says:

    You’re such a card bhlaab! Citizen Kane. What a kidder.

    … You are joking, right? Right?

  27. Okami says:

    Edge giving a long awaited blockbuster game with obscene production values a good but not perfect score is just Edge being Edge. Nothing to write home about. We’re talking about a magazine that gave Final Fantasy X a 5 out of 10 (something for which I still love them).

    So anybody calling out Edge for doing exactly what their readers expect them to do is just trying to get a few easy clicks on his site…

  28. Nick says:

    Yeah, Killzone 2 is the Citizen Kane of FPSes.

    Overrated and a bit dull.

    (Actually, I haven’t played it and I don’t believe that about Citizen Kane either, but I’m testing to see if anyone reads this bit before exploding).

  29. Taillefer says:

    You link to these things so we can appreciate RPS and each other more, don’t you?

  30. Gap Gen says:

    And thus the wizened, one-toothed sage spoke: “Seven Games Journalisms, each built upon the ruins of the other!”

  31. Gap Gen says:

    Also, an Edge 7 is much better than a 7 from anyone else. Someone knows how to use the scoring scale to its full potential, at least (given that pretty much no-one will play a game that scores below 60% in most magazines, you might as well make the higher end of the scale more defined).

  32. Adventurous Putty says:


    Somebody call the wambulance, these fanboys are crying up a storm!

  33. Tworak says:

    “We all know that Guerilla’s title is one of the best FPSs ever made”

    Faith in humanity -9999999999999999999999999999999,7

  34. Sum0 says:

    The opening action on our part regarding the exploit included the total destruction of all the POS complexes involved. This entailed flying to each one and basically nuking everything in sight – a fireworks show of epic proportions but with no witnesses except the GMs in the demolition team.

    Now that’s awesome. Ordinary developers would just delete the offending complexes in a database somewhere. CCP blow them up in-game.

  35. Ging says:

    Best quote from the comments of the nxe piece: “I was reading a couple of the low low score reviews on metacritic. One of them says, “This game is spactacular from start to finish,” then goes on to give the game an 87. WTF?!!?”

    The Eve article is interesting reading – I guess they didn’t just delete the items from the database due to how they’re interlinked, it would probably have meant taking the servers offline, doing the removal then having to ensure that the removal hadn’t adversely impacted anything else. It’s also pretty scary that the entire output of the exploited setups was only 0.7% of the annual total trade in a year.

  36. Dolphan says:

    Already laughed at the PSX Extreme thing thanks to Leigh Alexander, but it’s well worth a reread – the whole antagonism towards reviewers thing seems to be hotting up all over. Kieron’s FEAR 2 review being a prime example (although there’s less obvious fanboy motivation there).

    Born to Run is a classic. Gotta love Springsteen.

  37. Dolphan says:

    Although I should point out that it’s not as good as Downbound Train or Darkness on the Edge of Town.

  38. Pags says:

    Nebraska-era Springsteen is quite clearly the superior Boss.

    Has anyone played Killzone 2 yet? I almost don’t want to play it out of principle, and I probably would’ve ignored it had there not been so much furore about it, but now I almost feel like I need to play it just so that I can be free to put down people like the PSX Extreme guys.

  39. bhlaab says:

    There’s been a demo and a multiplayer beta. That’s it.

  40. Dorian Cornelius Jasper says:

    On Scott 5:
    The name of Chapter 31 is “World of Ruin.” This felt appropriate. Same with “The Universe Strikes Back.”

  41. unique_identifier says:

    @ “eyemessiah” re: botting is fun

    the best fun I had in a month of playing EVE was writing an external tool to analyse exported market logs and schedule sequences of trades to maximise profit / jumps.

    it’s sad how eve’s eula and api allow this kind of semi-automation of the interesting aspect of trade, but disallow the automation of the boring part – namely the drudgery of buying x units of item alpha from station beta, jumping to system gamma, and selling at station delta.

    wow’s moddable lua interface is a step in the right direction, but why not go the whole hog – an mmo where third party client-side modification, enhancement and automation is not only allowed, but encouraged

    i’m not at all convinced that running bots is fun, but writing them sure is, and it’s a hell of a lot more interesting than mmo-grind

  42. mister slim says:

    @Gap Gen

    Actually, a Edge 7 isn’t significantly different from a Eurogamer 7.

    Don’t mind me, I’ve spent the last couple days geekily teasing the score fetishists.


    KZ2 is, in essence, the MoH/CoD FPS in space with the addition of a nicely executed first-person cover system and realistically weighty player physics (remember the hyperactive way running and turning worked in Q3A? KZ2 is at the opposite extreme). Polished, technically accomplished, short on creative ways to actually turn all that stunning tech into an actual play experience.

  43. El Stevo says:

    I don’t think I could award a console FPS anything higher than a 7. Goldeneye and Perfect Dark not included, of course.

  44. Z says:

    Thanks for that link to the Daedra piece. As a non-MMO-er, it made for great readings. The mouthbreathing hate in the comments thread is just gold.

  45. Muzman says:

    Man, review scores has to be the dumbest talking point ever. Yet somehow it’s tolerable when it’s angry 14yr old internit conformobots doing it in the comments or where ever. You figure one day they’ll work out that subjectivity is tough like that, or better yet, that it just doesn’t matter all that much and says vanishingly small things about jounalistic integrity or…well, anything really.
    But when the Journos start doing it as well the end is truly nigh. The chilling downside to what ‘by gamers; for gamers’ really means.

    (is there some larger, more worrying aspect to all this in just how quick people will feel the need to react to the sight of dissenting voices? You see it in movie reviews all the time as well. That lone negative review of popular-maudlin-tearjerker or saccarine-cutesy-animated-musical gets its site inundated with people apparently furious at that lone tomato splotch. Predictable accusations of bias, hit baiting and failed journalistic integrity usually thrown. Major cognitive dissonance on display. Strange stuff. Maybe it was always like this).

  46. Tei says:

    I writted once a bot for OGame. It was fun.

  47. Crispy says:

    The WoW botting article was an eye-opener.

    “I didn’t have a lot of time to play WoW – 4-5 nights a week and 3-4 hours on average per night. Maybe sneak in during the afternoon on a weekend or something when the kids are asleep.”

    That’s “not a lot of time”? I’m glad I never got into WoW. I tend to side with the reasons of the guy in question, but it doesn’t abvolve botting, only people who don’t do it for monetary gain. I’m sure Blizzard are looking to shut it down for two very important reasons:
    1. It allows people to gold farm and destabilise the in-game economy
    2. Most importantly, it removed a lot of the unneccessary grind/reward in WoW and saves you time. To Blizzard, time is money, because it means you’re spending months and months’ less of your subscription money grinding out these rewards. I think more than anything this is why they’d want to stamp out the Glider app: it’s hurting their business model.

  48. Tei says:

    To me writting a bot is analizing how to play logically, what is the optimal way to play (theorycrafting) and follow simple rules, that a idiot (your code) can follow. MMO’s are somewhat (already) like spreadsheets, so there are lots of numbers to crunch and calculate things. Hell.. there are skins that calculate how much more boards you have to kill to ding :-)
    So, I think botting is a way to meta-game. But MMO’s players also meta-game. Create a strategy for optimizing PX. Normal players have to play the boring thing.. bot players can play the fun thing (theorycraft, strategize) , and let the computer play the boring thing.
    And all this is because most MMORPG games are RPG’s of the bad style: Hack & Slash. There are good CRPG games, but are singleplayer…

  49. Tei says:

    @Crispy: “Most importantly, it removed a lot of the unneccessary grind/reward in WoW and saves you time.”

    Since the bot is online, it pay as much as a human player will do. The flat subscription rate. I guest what Blizzard want is stop a beavior players don’t like. There are people that avoid games with bots, and thats what Blizz want to stop.

  50. Eamo says:

    Yet another “I am not the strange mysterious outsider you all think I am but just a normal guy” confession from a botter. Is there something that goes with being a botter that makes you think that others think you are some grand nefarious villain?

    Botters, get over yourselves, we know you are just normal gamers like the rest of us, we just think you are selfish pricks who don’t care if you crap all over our enjoyment as long as your own goes up a little.

    People who try to defend botting and gold farming and argue that it should be supported within the game just don’t get the point. It doesn’t matter that people will do it anyway.

    I would liken botters in a game to having a flatmate who whenever he had a bowel movement just stood up and took a dump in the middle of the sitting room floor to save himself a little time. It is not doing anyone any harm but damned if it doesn’t make you want to live elsewhere when every now and then you encounter a giant turd in the middle of the living room. When confronted he suggests that if you do the same thing then you won’t need to get upset. The inequity in the situation is only a part of the problem, the big issue is that most people don’t want to live in a house where somebody keeps planting a brown one on the living room floor.