• rxb - March 4, 2014 8:31 a.m.

    Totally agree Andy, games and games culture is a great thing to be part of.
  • GR_AndyHartup - March 4, 2014 9:27 a.m.

    It's great to be able to celebrate it every now and again. I think a lot of people get bogged down in the stuff they don't like about games and forget that - essentially - games are brilliant fun.
  • mafyooz - March 3, 2014 11:52 p.m.

    As I'm also from the land of perpetual rain I was ready to like this article purely on the basis of the reference to Budgens, but I also love the fact there's a link for the term "gone for a Burton", which I use all time but have never really wondered where it comes from. Bravo Mr Hartup I also found that shouting the sentence "Games--however you take them--are brilliant" in the voice of Paul Whitehouse lends it an extra gravitas ;)
  • GR_AndyHartup - March 4, 2014 9:26 a.m.

    I'm going to try that right now in my best (awful) Paul Whitehouse voice. Oh, and yes, I also regularly use "gone for a Burton" in general conversation.
  • shawksta - March 3, 2014 5:50 p.m.

    Yes, yes and yes.
  • Clovin64 - March 3, 2014 4:01 p.m.

    I like games. They're cool.
  • Timstertimster - March 3, 2014 3:35 p.m.

    I appreciate the risqué move to include a link to an article about shepherd dogs and their dietary habits, but I have to admit, it's not possible to NOT click the "view uncensored button" and, gulp, it wasn't exactly unexpected... but still a visual punch in the gut. Next time I hope to stumble across a link to an article about nudist fashion models or some sort of T3- magazine like pictorial on gamer garb or what have you... You know, the kind of thing that if you click the "view uncensored image" yields urge to take a looooong shower instead of puking in the toilet.
  • GR_AndyHartup - March 4, 2014 9:28 a.m.

    I'll link to something prettier next time.
  • BladedFalcon - March 3, 2014 3:28 p.m.

    FINALLY! The comments work again! And yeah, I can agree with almost all of these points. (Save number 5, dun care about meeting people in online multiplayer.)
  • Vonter - March 3, 2014 3:44 p.m.

    I agree, I have mainly talk to people either on these comment sections or in Miiverse. Most of the online play experiences I've had I always end as cannon fodder and rants or celebrations aren't the same as having people coming to play. Still... maybe Smash. Well I still give chance there. Since I know people will clean the floor with me in Mario Kart (not even with items I could catch up).
  • shawksta - March 3, 2014 5:49 p.m.

    Miiverse still has its annoying people, specifically people using Nostaliga to get "Yeah's" Its still funny thinking the Nintendo version of "likes" is "Yeah"'s
  • Vonter - March 3, 2014 5:59 p.m.

    It's a mixed bag, but its always nice seeing what excites or likes people in their games, also being able to draw and share in-game pics is nice. Why is it funny? It sounds like the same thing.
  • shawksta - March 4, 2014 8:50 p.m.

    I know it does, its just funny "Yeah", its like telling someone "Yeah"
  • Vonter - March 3, 2014 3:10 p.m.

    Some games are like playing a movie and if it's fun it doesn't matter if the plot is lazy.
  • Timstertimster - March 3, 2014 3:18 p.m.

    My BF4 campaign experience was like a movie and took me 12 hours and cost 60.- Going to a movie 4x will give me about the same 10-12 hours for 60.- (4x 15.-)
  • Vonter - March 3, 2014 3:29 p.m.

    My point was that a game can (in some cases) be mindless fun and in a movie I feel a little ripoff when special effects excuse a poor plot. I mean for example Vanquish is like a Michael Bay's Transformers movie, and even when the plot sucked I was engaged because I was part of the action and in that sense the experience was worth of getting into.
  • Vonter - March 3, 2014 3:31 p.m.

    But also yeah, it's an expensive hobby so most of the time I rent games I know I'll finish. Games with lots of replay value, or very special experiences are the ones I buy. But the tendency for me has been buying downloadable titles since you can't rent those and they're cheap.
  • garnsr - March 3, 2014 7:59 p.m.

    I'd agree that a game that feels like a movie is better than a movie that plays like a game. Controlling people running through a conveyor belt of dangerous machines can be cool, watching it in Attack of the Clones is just stupid.
  • Vonter - March 3, 2014 8:54 p.m.

    I did like Attack of the Clones, but on hindsight many of its setpieces drag too long. The pursuit, the conveyor belt, the coliseum, etc. Still I like the buildup of the murder mystery.

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